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2012 Budget Hearings - Outline

The Des Plaines City Council will begin discussing the 2012 budget on Tuesday, October 11th.  We will conclude the hearings with a meeting on October 20th.  All hearings will be held at 7pm - Des Plaines City Hall. 

Tuesday, October 11th General Fund:

Introduction and Overview, Elected Office, City Manager, Finance, Community and Economic Development, Public Works & Engineering, Police, EMA (Emergency Management Agency), Fire, Fire and Police Commission, and Overhead.

Wednesday, October 12th – Non-General Fund:

TIF #1, TIF #3, TIF #4, TIF #5, TIF #6, Motor Fuel Tax Fund, CDBG Fund, Grant Funded Projects, Gaming Tax Fund, Debt Service, Capital Projects, Equipment Replacement, IT Replacement, Water/Sewer Fund, City-Owned Parking, Metra-Leased Parking, Risk Management, Health Benefits, and Library Budget. 


City Council Meeting: 10/25/10

It's official, the Council has approved a 0.0% increase to the tax levy for 2011.  While a number of elements within the budget are likely to change, we will not be asking taxpayers for more than last year. This is a big win for a City that has historically asked for a 3-4% annual increase.

More to report when the full budget is released.  The November 10th 3rd Ward Meeting will include a detailed presentation and thorough discussion.


City Council Meeting: 10/20/10

This special meeting of the City Council included a number of important budget outcomes.  The $1.2 million fire truck was not approved; instead the current truck will be repaired as-needed for 2011.  

I made a motion to cut 10% from the overtime budgets from the Public Works, Fire, and Police Departments.  This overtime is used for special projects, call-backs resulting from injuries, and storm events.  I argued that reducing the overtime budgets would force department heads to find efficiencies within their departments, as the alternative funding would no longer be as accessible.  This proposal evolved into a cut for PW and Fire and the resulting savings should amount to over $100,000.  My amended motion passed and the reductions were recorded.  

Alderman Argus proposed the elimination of $20,000 budgeted for tuition reimbursements.  I argued that our most valuable assets are our employees.  Investment in their continued development can only improve the quality of City services.  Additionally, this benefit makes us competitive in a marketplace when many employers offer tuition reimbursements.    

The final budget hearing is set for Monday, October 25th in City Hall.