Dolton Village Board bickers over budgets

2013-11-21T23:14:00Z 2013-11-22T11:30:11Z Dolton Village Board bickers over budgetsPAUL CZAPKOWICZ Times Correspondent
November 21, 2013 11:14 pm  • 

DOLTON | A disharmonious Village Board either tabled or sent into closed session most items on the agenda of a special meeting of the Board of Trustees on Thursday.

Friction began when the board considered a potential accounting and bookkeeping agreement with John Kasperek & Co.

Trustee Robert Hunt and Mayor Riley Rogers disagreed over whose recommendation it was to hire professional accountants to assist the village.

Hunt pressed Rogers to answer whether he recommends the village seek outside accounting assistance.

"It's not up to me, and I'm not going to answer it," Rogers said.

Trustee Robert Pierson said the board has discussed the matter many times and has been in agreement.

"We all agreed we don't have what we need in house to get our records in order," Pierson said.

Trustee Sabrina Smith said the village should be in a hiring freeze at this time.

"Why would we hire a firm at $5,000 a month when we can get a CPA in here for half that?" she said.

The board voted 6-0 to not approve an agreement to use the services of John Kasperek & Co.

The discord among the board continued when it addressed an agenda item that called for a line-by-line budget review for potential cuts.

Smith at first failed at an attempt to have the issue tabled.

Hunt again pressed Rogers to offer his opinion.

"Do you feel that we need to do any cuts here at the village?" Hunt asked.

Rogers said it was Hunt who wanted a line-by-line budget review put on the agenda and questioned why Hunt wanted him to offer his advice at this stage.

"You chose not to take my lead when you fired my top administration staff that I needed to work and turn this village around," Rogers said. "Now you want to ask me about do I think that there needs to be any cuts?"

The board eventually voted 4-0 not to do a line-by-line budget review.

Hunt and Trustee Tiffany Henyard did not cast votes on the matter because of a disagreement with Village Clerk Mary Kay Duggan over whether they had made a motion and a second to vote on the matter.

The board did reach consensus when it agreed by a 6-0 vote to approve corporate bills in the amount of $88,178.10.

Among the items tabled was a potential notice of layoffs to employee bargaining units.

Henyard and Hunt voted not to table the issue, but it was tabled by a 4-2 vote.

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