Elburn officials expect budget deficit from revenue decline

By on July 17, 2009

Public hearing set for Monday
by Martha Quetsch
ELBURN—The Elburn Village Board is considering two different budget proposals prepared by village staff, both with expenses that are greater than revenues.

“The village of Elburn is no different from anyone else in this economy,” Village President Dave Anderson said.

The Elburn Village Board will hold a public hearing at 7 p.m. Monday, July 20, at Village Hall regarding the tentative budget.

Although village revenue has declined because of fewer building permit and utility connection fees, Anderson wants to make sure the village meets its responsibilities: adequate funding to provide clean, potable water, street and wastewater maintenance, and quality police protection, Anderson said.

One budget version has income totaling $4.4 million, with expenses of $6 million. The other version has income totaling $4.6 million, with expenses of $6.8 million.

Village Administrator Erin Willrett said the budget version that has $800,000 more in expenses includes recent requests from department heads for additional personnel and equipment, and money for programs including parkway trees and downtown facade improvement. The budget version with lower expenses does not include all of the requested expenditures, Willrett said.

Both budget versions are works in progress, “not set in stone,” Willrett said.

The village currently has $5,061,830 in its reserves, which will be used to cover the amount of the deficit in the final budget that trustees approve.