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Weston budget session: No final answers to 800K deficit


WESTON, WI (WSAU) -  Weston officials discussed options for solving their 800-thousand dollar budget problem. Village Trustees stayed after the regular board meeting for a lengthy discussion Monday night.

Administrator Daniel Guild says they are continuing to look at new fees and other revenue sources.  

Guild says several services now offered may not be offered in the future, and may end up as the resident’s responsibility.  "I think that as a municipal agency, we want to see that our residents still have access to services, but the question is whether the village can afford to pay for them and provide them going forward into the future.”

He says the board is heavily considering making sure services are available in the private market but let the residents make the decisions about hiring a service or doing it themselves.

Weston’s Trustees discussed creating a transportation utility to pay for bus and paratransit service. Administrator Daniel Guild says the tentative plan would charge developed parcels a fixed price annually.   "We're looking at that probably being somewhere in the neighborhood of nine to ten dollars annually per parcel next year.”

Guild says the Trustees are considering putting a stop to services that can be obtained from the private sector.  "If there are opportunities to look at meeting resident's needs and giving them access to the same services, but allowing them to finance those independently and make their own decisions about those decisions in the private sector, that's certainly an approach that's being given some heavy consideration.”

Administrator Daniel Guild says the trustees have a good understanding of what services they now have and what it costs to provide them. They all understand that the money isn’t there to continue the present level of services. His big concern is how to transition to service and budget cuts without making abrupt changes that negatively impact the residents.

Guild says none of the ideas discussed Monday night are a done deal, since there i