The special Committee of the Whole meeting was held on Dec. 5 to discuss a variety of items, including the 2016 budget.
Management analyst Laura Wilson provided an overview of the 2016 budget process, the 2016 strategic plan meetings and the effect on the city caused by the budget communications plan at the special meeting of the Elgin Committee of the Whole on Dec. 5.
Interested residents can view a copy of the presentation at the Office of the City Clerk.
The committee was updated on the Parks and Recreation Fund, including the renovations at the Centre and increases in memberships. The proposed budget did not include capital improvements in the fund. The committee discussed renovations, memberships, Eastside Recreation Center and rentals at the Hemmens Cultural Center. Also under discussion was the Golf Fund, which is an enterprise fund. The revenue must cover the expenses of the golf courses. Income sources include the greens fees, golf lessons and driving range fees.
Public Safety pensions and permit fees were also discussed at the meeting. Pension funding levels are determined by the state. Building permit fees were based on a user fee study, which compared several factors with 12 other municipalities in the area. Based on the study, Elgin's building permit fees are below average and no changes are necessary to the current fee structure.
After public comments were made regarding the increase in property taxes, the meeting was adjourned.