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Oak Creek makes changes to 2015 budget

Austin Colbert

— The Town of Oak Creek approved a resolution at its regular board of trustees meeting Thursday that will increase allowed expenditures from its general fund budget in anticipation of a 2015 budget shortfall.

The resolution will add $163,143 to this year's total budget, with $75,708 going toward the general fund. Oak Creek had an original general fund expenditure budget of $725,626.

A large portion of the increased funding will go toward the purchase of a local property, which “will include a parking area on the north side and downtown park area on the south side.” The approval and purchase of the lot will take place at an upcoming board of trustees meetings.

An additional $53,648 will go into the electric fund budget for 2015, $16,584 to the water fund budget and $17,203 to the sewer fund budget. A sizable portion of the money will cover unexpected expenses that are common when developing an annual budget so far in advance, said town administrator/clerk Mary Alice Page-Allen.

This is the first time this year the town has used its supplemental budget.

"It incorporates some of the direction the board has provided," Page-Allen said.

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Also Thursday, the board approved two special events permits for the Oak Creek Labor Day committee ahead of its annual Labor Day festivities, which will take place Sept. 5 to 7 along Main Street and in Decker Park.

The board also accepted the voluntary withdrawal of Rocky Mountain High Kitchen's optional grow license and allowed the company to transfer its $5,910 license fee toward the purchase of a manufacturing of infused products license.

The business, located at 209 Nancy Crawford Blvd. in Oak Creek, has not grown any medical marijuana since the spring and is currently transitioning its business, with the new license allowing for the creation of marijuana-based products.

Oak Creek will hold a Planning Commission Meeting at 6 p.m. Aug. 19 at the town hall, with the next regular board meeting taking place Aug. 27.

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