Elburn police expenses outweigh revenues

By on March 7, 2014

ELBURN—Elburn Village President Dave Anderson on Monday pointed out that the village’s budgeted police operating expenses of $1.6 million outweighed the $1.3 to $1.4 million in general fund revenues.

Elburn Police Chief Steve Smith requested $834,000 for police salaries and $360,000 for benefits to keep two officers on duty covering three shifts a day, as well as $162,000 to fund the police pension fund.

“It scares me,” Anderson said. “We need police protection, but … I don’t know what the answer is. Just so everyone’s aware of it.”

Village trustee Ken Anderson asked if the village could hold another referendum vote to ask residents for the funding for the pension. Elburn residents in 2012 rejected a referendum for an additional tax to put money into a police pension fund.

Village Administrator Erin Willrett said the village can again go back to the residents to request the additional tax.