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Fredonia quietly approved a 2022-23 budget with a 1.47% tax increase.

The Fredonia Village Council unanimously approved the spending plan without debate. The budget covers village business from June 1 to May 31, 2023.

The final budget adopted by the trustees made no significant changes from Mayor Douglas Essek’s initial proposal.

Village property tax will increase to $36.18 per $1,000 of property assessment. Sewer and water rates will not change.

The budget is on the Village of Fredonia website,

Appropriations for all three funds – general, water and sewer – rose mainly due to supposed increases in salaries and employee insurance. Increases of 5% for general liability insurance and health insurance have been included.

The 26-page budget document on Fredonia’s website lists salaries for Fredonia employees in 2022-23. According to this, the highest paid employee will be Chief of Police David Price. He is expected to earn a base salary of $105,000. With benefits included, his total salary is $158,158.

A base salary of $100,000 is provided for the currently vacant Fire Chief position. With benefits, that goes up to $150,038.

A total of 21 village employees are expected to earn more than $100,000 in salary and benefits. This includes 11 employees from the police department and five people from the fire department.

Only two people spoke at the public hearing, both asking for more funding for the Barker Library and Museum.

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