State’s financial crisis affects municipalities
by Martha Quetsch
ELBURNâ€”Village President Dave Anderson said Monday he is concerned about the state’s delay in income-tax disbursements to municipalities when the village already faces budget challenges.
The state is more than three months behind in disturbing the income-tax money it owes municipalities throughout Illinois, Anderson said. For Elburn, that amounts to up to $130,000, Anderson said.
â€œIt’s not a pretty picture,â€ Anderson said.
State Sen. Chris Lauzen (R-25th) blames the current and past state administrations.
â€œThe Blagojevich and Quinn administrations have gradually and consistently destroyed the fiscal condition of the state of Illinois,â€ Lauzen said.
Lauzen does not believe the state will solve the financial crisis that led to the delay in income-tax disbursements anytime soon.
â€œIn my financial opinion, it will take us at least three to four years to correct this condition, after we fire the people responsible, in November, for gross neglect,â€ he said.
Anderson and mayors from other Illinois municipalities discussed the issue of the tardy disbursements during the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus meeting June 4.
â€œEverybody left there grinding their teeth,â€ Anderson said.
Anderson said the village will survive the crisis by continuing to cut its budget, although no specific expenses are slated for reduction yet.
Another potential challenge looms
ELBURNâ€”Under state law, if the 2010 U.S. Census determines that the village’s population is more than 5,000, the village must establish a police commission and hire an actuary, which could cost the village more than $100,000 annually, Anderson said.
â€œProperty owners’ taxes would have to pay for this,â€ Village President Dave Anderson told the Village Board.
A special U.S. special census determined the village’s residents numbered 4,696, and village officials believe the population currently could exceed 5,000.