CLAYPOOL - On Tuesday, the Claypool Town Council held a public hearing on the 2023 budget ahead of the regular meeting.

Next year's budget estimates include a $169,690 general fund, $17,300 for local roads and streets, $28,000 for motor vehicle highway and $6,000 for the cemetery fund. There is no budgeted rainy day fund for 2023.

Tyler Coffel, from Baker Tilly, presented budget cash flows to the Council and answered questions on receipts and disbursements. Operating receipts total $190,000 while operating disbursements total $169,900. There is an estimated $20,000 positive cash flow expected next year.

Coffel detailed where the taxpayers' local income and property tax dollars are spent: Seventy-one percent goes to town operations while the remaining 29% goes to public safety.

In new business, the Council approved an additional appropriation resolution for the general fund and a reduction of appropriation resolution for the ARPA (American Rescue Plan Act) funds.

The Council also approved repair estimates for battery backups at the water plant.

The town will be flushing hydrants next week, Sept. 26-30, and streetlamps in town are being replaced with LED bulbs.

The Council voted to sponsor the 5K Fun Run/Walk fundraiser in Warsaw on Oct. 16 with a $500 donation in memory of Payton Slaymaker.

Town Marshal Ben Sanders reported 193 calls for service and 156 reserve hours last month. Sanders called for an executive session to create an asset forfeiture fund, which the Council scheduled for 6 p.m. Sept. 27.

Trunk-or-treat will be Oct. 31 from 5 to 7 p.m. on Main Street between Section and Calhoun streets.

The Council will next meet at 7 p.m. Oct. 18.