East Chicago may adopt city budget Oct. 28

2013-10-19T18:07:00Z 2013-10-19T20:52:10Z East Chicago may adopt city budget Oct. 28Paul Czapkowicz Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
October 19, 2013 6:07 pm  • 

EAST CHICAGO | The East Chicago City Council is expected to adopt a 2014 budget at its Oct. 28 meeting.

City Controller Kim Anderson told the council all funds in the budget, which are reviewed by the Department of Local Government Finance, are considered balanced.

She said the 2014 budget marks the first time in many years in which gaming subsidies will not be used to balance funds, with property taxes and miscellaneous revenues playing a large role in making that possible.

Sixth District Councilwoman Gilda Orange said casino money was never meant to make up budget shortfalls.

"It was meant to do what it's doing now, to fix the streets or to keep them from collapsing," Orange said.

The 2014 general fund budget is expected to be a little under $24.4 million, which Anderson said is about $1.5 million less than the 2013 amount.

"Part of it is the shift of some of our public safety expenses to the money that we will be receiving from the county income tax," Anderson said.

Small increases to most administrative department budgets are expected because of the reinstatement of full work weeks and an elimination of furlough days, Anderson said.

In other city news, a resolution has passed that declared a moratorium on naming honorary streets in the city.

The resolution was sponsored by Orange and Councilman Adrian Santos.

"We had so many people asking us to do a (street) sign, and we never really had a criteria," Orange said.

The resolution allows the council to establish a procedure for naming honorary streets.

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