All of this information is assembled into a draft document for review, which often leads to some departmental requests being removed from the proposed budget prior to submission to the Village Council. The highest priority items tend to be infrastructure repairs or improvements, replacement of major equipment, and items which reduce ongoing expenditures for maintenance or operations. All of these needs are weighed in the context of ensuring the Village is positioned to provide prompt and efficient service delivery to the public.
Once the proposed budget is delivered to Village Council for review, a series of public workshops are held in early April to allow for in-depth discussions related to the proposals. Once the budget document is amended based upon these discussions, the Village Council approves the budget for the upcoming fiscal year (FY). Per the Village Charter, this must occur before the second Monday in May each year, though it typically is completed at the first Village Council meeting in May.
The total proposed budget for the Village of Milford in FY 2015-2016 is $14,565,956. A large portion of these funds are restricted to certain types of expenditures such as police, roads, water, and sewer funds. Likewise, the funds generated by the road millage can only be used for certain types of road repairs and improvements. Most of what we would consider general government operations is funded from the General Fund, which accounts for $2.3 million of the total budget.
Infrastructure and equipment replacement are two major themes within the proposed budget, including road projects, sidewalk installation and repairs, and the replacement of vehicles and equipment necessary to performing the services offered by the Village. Some of the major infrastructure items included in the proposed budget include the following.
- Approximately $3.4 million of the nearly $8 million in needed upgrades and repairs at the Wastewater Treatment Plant. The remainder will be completed in FY 2016-2017.
- $600,000 for the Commerce Rd. reconstruction project, which is scheduled to begin in spring 2016. Additional funds have been reserved for this project and the remainder will be budgeted to come from the FY 2016-2017 budget. The total project cost is expected to be in excess of $2 million.
- $400,000 to repave Canal St. between Main St. and First St.
- $75,000 for the proposed public parking lot on Huron St. near Main St.
- $60,000 for the installation of sidewalks along the west side of Peters Rd., adjacent to Janowski Field.
- $50,000 is proposed to go toward funding restrooms in Central Park.
- $15,000 for a new residential sidewalk repair and installation program.
- $15,000 is included to be used for improvements within the Village Parks.
- $20,000 to repair a booster station and replace fire hydrants.