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January 11, 2012

Fabius Township Board schedules “preliminary budget work session” for January 18th

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Written by: Bruce Snook
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The Fabius Township Board has scheduled a special meeting for 5 p.m. on Wednesday, January 18th, to begin the process to develop a budget for the township’s new fiscal year that begins on April 1st.

During the board’s regular monthly meeting Wednesday evening (January 11th), Township Supervisor John Kroggel noted that he needs to present a budget to the board for approval in March and suggested a “preliminary work session” soon – perhaps as early as next week.

Kroggel described the upcoming meeting as a time to “talk in general” – to have a “program level discussion” – that would assist him in drafting the budget.  He indicated he would have a “much more detailed budget for us to kick around” in February.

Assessor Dale Hutson put in a plug for a pay raise while addressing the Fabius Township Board Wednesday evening.

In other budget-related business, Assessor Dale Hutson requested a pay raise for his work as assessor.  He said the last increase he received was in 2008, which was also the last time he asked for a pay raise.   Hutson said, “I’m looking to get a 4 percent increase” and added, “The rate of inflation over that time frame was 8 ½ percent.”

Hutson also asked the board to consider an increase in the fee paid to him for handling land division applications.  Specifically, he suggested an increase in the current fee of $100 for a land division application to $150.  He said the $100 fee has been in place since 1999.  He also asked that the fee for  an additional parcel, or an alteration to the original application, be increased from the current $50 to $75.  Hutson said, “Land divisions don’t make a lot of my money.  They take a lot of my time.”

Hutson asked the board to consider his request in the upcoming budget review and Kroggel expressed appreciation to Hutson for bringing the request to the board  “in plenty of time.”

Editor’s Note:  This post was expanded at 6:57 a.m. 1-13-12 to add the photo of Assessor Dale Hutson.


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