Sharp pencils have produced a surplus from an initial budget deficit in Three Lakes.
Town chair Stella Westfall said in the early work they were about $143,000 dollars over budget. But she says staff and department heads found a way to turn that around...
"...they just did a great job and made recommendations to decrease our expenses. The department heads really tried to be efficient...bottom line is instead of this $143,000 deficit, we ended up with a $34,000 surplus...."
Three Lakes plans to pay its fire chief starting next year - at least a small amount.
An outgoing volunteer fire chief went before the town board this week to request that future fire chiefs get a small stipend to cover travel and other incidental costs. Town Chair Stella Westfall says the budget committee still has to decide how much that stipend will be.