By Megan Kelley
LAKE ORION — The Lake Orion Village Council approved the 2023-24 fiscal year budget during its meeting on Monday.
The budget, which was on the agenda for approval at the council’s May 8 meeting, had remained in limbo after failing to receive the proper number of votes for approval.
Councilmembers Michael Lamb and Nancy Moshier, along with now former Councilmember Sarah Luchsinger, all voted no on approval. Councilmembers Ken Van Portfliet, Carl Cyrowski and council President Pro-tem Teresa Rutt voted in the affirmative creating a deadlock.
Council President Jerry Narsh was absent from the meeting and could not break the tie.
However, on Monday, the council approved the budget by a vote of 4-2 with Lamb and Moshier again voting no. Luchsinger has since resigned from her position.
The budget includes wage adjustments, allocated funds required for municipal purposes and provides for an operating levy upon real and personal property for municipal purposes. The charter tax rate is shown to be 9.7844 mils for general operating, with a voted tax rate of 2.6899 mils for police operating, and voted tax rate of 0.2013 mil for Headlee override per $1,000 of taxable valuation, for a total tax levy of 12.6756 mils.
According to village documents, the village’s estimated revenue for 2023-24 is $8,520,741 and its estimated expenditures add up to $8,492,810.
Copies of the budget are available for review at Village Hall, 21 E. Church St., or in the May 22 council packet posted on the village website, lakeorion.org.
By Megan Kelley