SCHERERVILLE | Schererville's 2014 proposed budget includes a 3 percent wage increase for town employees.
The Town Council approved the first reading of the budget Tuesday. It's set for adoption during the council's Oct. 9 meeting, Clerk-Treasurer Janice Malinowski said.
The total budget is proposed to be around $23 million, Malinowski said. The maximum amount to be raised by property taxes is about $11.8 million, she said.
The general fund for the proposed 2014 budget is set at just above $9 million. The general fund is made up of seven departments, Malinowski said.
In addition to wage increases, the town also is projecting increases to the Public Employees' Retirement Fund and health insurance for employees.
Malinowski said the town will use additional funding available from the unfrozen property tax levy to cover those increases.
During Tuesday's meeting, the council had a public hearing about the proposed budget, which received no comments from residents.
Malinowski said the budget will go through a certification process through the state Department of Local Government Finance in February.
In another matter, Public Works Director Jeff Huet announced a resurfacing project will close a portion of Rohrman Road between Cline Avenue and 85th Avenue from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday.
The road will be reopened in time for activities scheduled on those days at Rohrman Park.
Completely closing the road reduces the length of the project, Huet said. The resurfacing work would take an additional day or two if the road isn't closed, he said.