FORT SHAWNEE — Mayor Pete Mariotti’s plan to save Fort Shawnee calls for the return of streetlights and full-time police, and 2 percent annual raises, while showing an annual budget surplus. The recovery plan draft approved by Village Council on Tuesday night predicts the village will erase its $130,000 debt by 2015.“Once you have a positive balance, you can start restoring some cuts,” said Belinda L. Miller, chief project manager for the Ohio Auditor of State’s Northwest Region Local Government Services Division. Miller prepared the draft based on numbers in the village’s 2012 budget and projections for the next four years.The draft also predicts voters will pass a 3.25 mill property tax in November that would generate roughly $195,000 a year.That last part may seem questionable, given that a 4 mill levy that would have generated about $241,000 a year failed in November, with 64.7 percent of voters rejecting it.Mariotti said this levy is different. The village will let a 1 mill streets levy expire this year, making the net increase to taxpayers 2.25 mills. Also the reasons to support the levy are clearly spelled out. The police force would return to full-time in 2013, it is currently down to two shifts. And, the streetlights, turned off last month, would be turned on in January as well.“Everything hinges on the levy,” Mariotti said.Miller said the recovery plan could put the village on track to shed its fiscal emergency status by the end of 2015. The village was put on fiscal emergency in 2010, requiring oversight from the Auditor’s Office. At the time, audits showed a deficit of roughly $150,000 and a projected deficit by 2016 of as much as $800,000.Miller’s general fund projections show property tax revenue increasing from $67,800 in 2013 to $265,600 in 2014 as the new levy’s funds start coming in. With police and streetlights restored, the village general fund would see a net increase of $208,200 that year. The Fort would start 2014 with $31,700 in debt and end it with a surplus of $176,500.By those numbers the village would still see a net increase in 2014 without the new levy, but just barely. Assuming the police and lights are restored, the $12,400 revenue increase would not be enough to bring the village out of debt for at least another year. Without the levy, the projected deficit would be about $19,300 at the end of 2014. The village would end 2015 with a roughly $32,000 revenue increase, leaving a $12,000 surplus in the general fund. Those numbers don’t leave much room for error. “We’d continue to decrease the deficit over time. It would be a slower situation,” Mariotti said. In past meetings he’s said his goal is to see the village not only survive, but thrive.You can comment on this story at LimaOhio.com.