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General Government
General Government Departments in the Village include: Police, Municipal Court, Fire & Rescue, Public Safety Communications, Public Works, Parks, Engineering, Building Inspection, Assessing, Information Technology, Finance, Human Resources, Administration, and Community Development. The budget for these departments is based on income from both property taxes and other revenue sources. During 2010, the Village plans to decrease operating expenses in the General Government budget by approximately $160,000.

Despite decreased spending, the 2010 Village budget will result in a property tax increase. For a median valued home in Pleasant Prairie ($242,600), the Village portion of your property tax bill will increase 3.924%, which equates to about $3.71 extra dollars for the year.

WHAT TO EXPECT IN 2010
During 2010, the Village will direct approximately 70% of the budget dollars toward public safety and public works operations. The majority of the remaining percentage will be used to pay down debt and support general government operations. In 2010, the Village will proceed with plans to pulverize and relay 116th Street between 39th Avenue and Old Green Bay Road. Additional paving will take place in LakeView Corporate Park and a portion of the Mission Hills Subdivision. To learn more about the projects planned for 2010 and how they will be funded, please see the PDF below.

DEBT REDUCTION AND BORROWING
During 2010 and 2011, Village debt payments related to General Government will be significantly smaller. This is due to a conservative borrowing schedule followed in recent years. The Village has plans to use the savings gained from the smaller debt payments for future capital purchases and road resurfacing, as opposed to borrowing additional funds. During 2010, funds from reduced debt payments totaling $298,275 will be used to repave roadways. In 2009, $73,693 from debt reduction was used to help repave 6.57 miles of roadway.

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