Plainfield begins work on next village budget
By Madhu Mayer For The Herald-News October 9, 2012 8:08AM
Updated: November 11, 2012 6:15AM
PLAINFIELD — Wanting to see where the village of Plainfield stands in its finances, staff has started the process of drafting the proposed budget for the 2013-2014 fiscal year.
The Plainfield Village Board at Monday’s workshop reviewed the preliminary numbers for administration, management services, building and community development departments. The board will make many tweaks to the proposed budget prior to its adoption in the spring.
Allen Persons, public works director, said $3.2 million is proposed for the fiscal year that will begin May 1. The amount allocated in the previous budget was $3 million. The street division includes money for snow and ice removal and tree replacement, as well as salaries and benefits.
“Since the last winter season was mild and we were able to store additional road salt for the current budget year, we have increased the funding for salt purchase anticipating a normal snow season,” Persons said. “The proposed budget anticipates an additional cost of approximately $110,000 for salt (in 2014) expecting a normal snow season in 2013.
Doug Kissel, wastewater superintendent, said emerald ash borer continues to have an impact on parkway trees, with village employees removing 220 damaged trees. Public works’ employees also removed 150 trees damaged by severe storms over the summer.
In September, the board waived the bidding process and authorized the purchase/installation of up to 400 parkway trees from the Suburban Tree Consortium at a cost not to exceed $140,000. Kissel expects the village to continue addressing the emerald ash borer problem in the 2013-2014 budget.
Also Monday, the audit for the 2011-2012 fiscal year revealed the village is holding its financial position during tough economic times.
The report for the fiscal year that ended on April 30 states that the total balance of the general fund increased by $1.6 million, or 19.4 percent, from fiscal year 2010-2011. General fund expenditures increased by $1.3 million, or 7.5 percent, from the prior year.
The auditors found that the general fund revenues were $1.9 million more than the budgeted amount of $18.4 million. While $18.9 million in expenses was originally budgeted, the actual amount spent was $18.7 million.
“This (revenue) amount is primarily related to higher state-shared tax revenues than what was budgeted,” the report said. “The revenues were budgeted to decrease by 5 percent based on the previous fiscal year, which did not occur. Actual license and permit revenues were also $232,729 higher than anticipated.”
Additionally, the village authorized an increase to the local motor fuel tax of $0.02 per gallon, making it a total of $0.04 per gallon.
Other financial highlights in the report indicate the village’s net assets as of April 30 equaled $374.7 million, a decrease of $9.5 million, or 2.3 percent, over the village’s net assets as of April 30, 2011.
Trustee Jim Racich commended all the department heads for tightening the financial belt to ensure “we can pay our bills” without compromising service to residents.