Council expected to approve appropriations ordinance Wednesday

2013-07-28T18:15:00Z 2013-07-28T19:50:11Z Council expected to approve appropriations ordinance WednesdayGregory Tejeda Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
July 28, 2013 6:15 pm  • 

CALUMET CITY | The City Council will engage in a last-minute push this week to review and approve the ordinance that dictates municipal spending for the current fiscal year.

The council’s Finance Committee has hearings scheduled for Monday and Tuesday at City Hall, 204 Pulaski Road. The full council has scheduled a special meeting Wednesday to have a public hearing and give final approval to an appropriations ordinance. Wednesday is the deadline set by state law to adopt such an ordinance for the fiscal year that began May 1.

Monday’s Finance Committee hearing is meant to let aldermen review items such as the budgets for the departments of Purchasing, Community and Economic Development and Inspectional Services.

Tuesday’s hearing is for a final budget review, as well as a discussion of salaries and fringe benefits not covered by union contracts.

Previous Finance Committee hearings this month reviewed salaries for union employees and elected officials, the city’s streets, alleys, water and sewers departments and the Police and Fire Departments.

As put together by Mayor Michelle Markiewicz Qualkinbush, City Treasurer Gerald Tarka and their financial advisers, the ordinance calls for a corporate fund of $35.4 million, which is 2.4 percent more than was budgeted for last year.

Most of the increase is to cover salary increases that are mandated by union contracts.

Of the corporate fund, which covers the costs of municipal government daily operations, some $29.98 million is from the various taxes and fees collected by the city.

That is less than the just-under $31 million the city collected last year. City Finance Director John Kasperek has said the loss of Sears and Carson, Pirie Scott stores from River Oaks Shopping Center will cause a drop in sales tax revenue.

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