The Will County Forest Preserve District won't be buying any land or making any capital improvements next year if its proposed 2016 budget holds up, and it won't seek an increase in property tax revenue.
There also will be fewer special events hosted by the district, with the elimination of the popular Ride the Rock family bicycling event, the Harvest Hoedown and Howloween Hoopla, a pet-oriented event.
"This is a very, very responsible budget," said Commissioner Ray Tuminello, R-New Lenox, who proposed the revised budget Wednesday in his first meeting as chairman of the finance committee.
Categories: Local Issues
Tags: Budget, Forest Preserve
Local 911 dispatch centers in Illinois are struggling under a tightening financial squeeze because the state has not released funds they rely on from telephone surcharge fees.
All Emergency Telephone System boards received notice last month that the August payment would be their last until the state passes an appropriations bill for 911 service as part of a new state budget.
"We are hearing that a budget will not get passed until April, after the primary election," said Steve Figved, administrator of Will County's 911 system, which gets 85 percent of its revenue from the phone fees. Its current budget is $8.6 million.
Categories: Local Issues, State Issues
Tags: Governor, General Assembly, Bruce Rauner, Public Safety
The Illinois Department of Transportation announced Wednesday the state agency is following the Federal Highway Administration’s lead by voluntarily dismissing its appeal of a recent court decision that ruled the federal government’s approval of the Illiana Expressway project invalid.
“The project remains on indefinite hold,” Guy Tridgell, spokesman for IDOT, said in an email Wednesday.
Doug Hecox, spokesman for the FHA, confirmed Wednesday the administration’s decision to voluntarily dismiss its appeal but declined to comment further.
Tags: Transportation, Infrastructure
Will County Board members have approved measures regarding building a new sheriff's department headquarters, but the move to hire two firms sparked a debate last week on how the $15 million project will be funded.
The board on Thursday approved a contract with Chicago-based DLR Group for design and engineering plans for the building at U.S. 52 and Laraway Road. It also approved a resolution to negotiate with Leopardo Cos., of Hoffman Estates, to be the construction manager at risk, meaning the company would pay if the project goes over the budget. Leopardo is the county's first choice among three firms in the running for the project.
Board member Cory Singer, R-Frankfort, voted against both resolutions, saying he first wanted the board to establish a policy for the use of its Regional Transportation Authority sales tax revenue, a portion of which the county might use for this project.
Tags: County Board, Budget, Courthouse, County Executive, 2016 Elections
At $482 million, it does not rely on raising taxes and accounts for increased health insurance costs, contractual pay raises and a need for ongoing major capital and road projects.
The budget plan presented to County Board members represents a 3.4 percent increase from last year’s approved $466 million plan.
The recommended budget includes $194 million in the corporate fund – the county’s main operating fund – and about $288 million in the special revenue funds.
Categories: Local Issues, Larry Walsh
Tags: Larry Walsh, Budget
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