Tentative Plainfield budget holds line on fees
By Madhu Mayer Correspondent February 26, 2013 8:57AM
Updated: March 28, 2013 6:29AM
The Village of Plainfield’s 2013-14 fiscal year budget proposes no new fees or user rate increases.
Traci Pleckham, director of management services, during Monday’s committee of the whole workshop said staff took a conservative approach in developing the budget.
“Consistent with past fiscal years, cost containment measures continue across all departments,” she said. “The total budget approximates $44 million in expenditures that will enable the village to continue to provide quality services in an efficient and cost-effective manner.”
Revenues are projected at $44.8 million.
State taxes, which include home rule and municipal, account for 27.60 percent of the revenue projections. The highest revenue source, which represents 33.89 percent of the budget, is charges for services, like water and sewer, and impound fees.
Likewise, contractual services such as which include equipment and vehicle maintenance and engineering fees, represent 29.31 percent of the expense estimates. Salaries and wages account for 23.79 percent of the budget.
Trustee Bill Lamb said he is glad staff took a balanced approach.
“The village has done a fantastic job of controlling expenses,” he said. “We are doing everything we’re supposed to do.”
Pleckham said a public hearing on the budget will be held during the March 18 village board meeting. Formal consideration could occur at that meeting, which begins at 7 p.m. in Village Hall, 24401 W. Lockport St.