Kendall whittles at budget
By Steve Lord firstname.lastname@example.org October 4, 2012 12:54PM
Updated: October 5, 2012 8:50AM
YORKVILLE — There’s still a way to go, but Kendall County government is looking at a whittled down budget that could lower the tax levy for next year by about 3 percent.
That’s the latest word from county officials and board members who are working on the 2012-2013 fiscal year budget, which would begin Dec. 1.
But officials warned that all numbers are preliminary at this point, and there is still work to do before the County Board looks at approving the budget on Nov. 7.
“We’re about two weeks away from having this thing together,” said board member Anne Vickery, Finance Committee chairman. “We haven’t done all the … maneuvering we usually do.”
Vickery and Jeff Wilkins, county administrator, this week presented other board members with some of the figures the Finance Committee has been looking at.
As it stands, the county right now is looking at a budget that will have expenses over revenue of about $1.35 million. That has been whittled down from about $1.9 million, the deficit board members faced at the beginning of the budget process.
Wilkins said over the next several weeks, the Finance Committee will look at cutting more.
But with the $1.34 million deficit, the county would cut into its fund balance of about $14 million and lower it to about $12.7 million.
The Finance Committee has scheduled a budget meeting for 2 p.m. Oct. 11, two hours before the normal Committee of the Whole meeting. It also has scheduled meetings for 9:30 a.m. on Oct. 12 and 15.
Officials also discussed the tax levy, which right now is estimated at about $19 million. That’s the amount the county would ask for from property taxes.
At that rate, the levy would be about 3 percent lower, Wilkins said.
“Now if every taxing body followed suit, taxes would go down,” said board Chairman John Purcell.