Lansing approves spending plans

2013-07-16T22:15:00Z 2013-07-16T22:30:06Z Lansing approves spending plansGregory Tejeda Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
July 16, 2013 10:15 pm  • 

LANSING | The Village Board approved an appropriations ordinance Tuesday that outlines how municipal government will spend money for the current fiscal year.

By a 6-0 vote, Lansing trustees approved an ordinance that totals $60,320,841 for all portions of Lansing government — although only slightly more than $24 million of that is in the general fund that covers the daily expenses of the municipality.

The rest of the money is in special funds that have explicit purposes and cannot be used for daily government expenses.

Also, Village Attorney Timothy Lapp said Lansing typically appropriates up to 20 percent more than it anticipates having on hand for the fiscal year so that there is some spare room in actual spending.

“We’re not saying we have $60 million, but this (appropriations ordinance) shows what the priorities are for the village for the current year,” Lapp said.

Under Illinois law, the village had until July 31 to approve an ordinance for the fiscal year that began May 1 and runs through April 30, 2014.

Of the $24 million that is in the general fund, nearly half ($11.6 million) is for the Police and Fire departments.

Village officials have spent the past couple of months preparing the ordinance, and it has been available this month for public review at Village Hall, 3141 Ridge Road. Lapp pointed out he was unaware of anyone actually asking to see the ordinance.

Trustees had been briefed previously about the plan, which led to few questions on Tuesday.

Trustee Julie Butler pointed out that officials may replace water meters this year at a cost of about $4 million, which would result in a bond sale.

And Trustee Tony DeLaurentis had questions about the estimated cost of gasoline for the Police, Fire and street departments. Village Treasurer Arlette Frye said the costs fluctuate between $3.15 and $3.50 a gallon, and that the village gets the benefit of not having to pay the gasoline taxes that motorists pay at a typical gas station.

In other business, the Village Board voted without opposition to approve a grant from the village’s facade improvement program, which provides financial help for businesses wishing to bolster the appearance of their storefronts.

The village voted 6-0 for up to $5,531 to Joann McNary, who owns a property at 3365 Ridge Road that contains several retail businesses.

Also on Tuesday, trustees voted to approve several measures involving properties they want to acquire through the Cook County No Cash Bid program – by which properties that sit abandoned or vacant for several years can be acquired by the county, then turned over to the village for possible future development.

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