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Village of Bartlett Board of Trustees met April 2

By Kristine Gonzales-Abella | May 21, 2019


Village of Bartlett Board of Trustees met April 2.

Here is the minutes provided by the board:


President Wallace called the 2019-20 Proposed Budget Public Hearing to order on the above date at 7:00 PM in the Council Chambers.

He stated that the Certificate of Publication from the Daily Herald which evidences that the notice of this Public Hearing was duly published on March 13, 2019, which meets the statutory pre-requisites which require that the notice of the Public Hearing be published between 7 and 30 days before the Public Hearing, be entered into the record. The tentative budget has been available to the public for inspection for not less than 30 days.


PRESENT: Trustee Camerer, Deyne, Gabrenya, Hopkins, Reinke, and President Wallace

ABSENT: Trustee Carbonaro

ALSO PRESENT: Village Administrator Paula Schumacher, Assistant Village Administrator Scott Skrycki, Human Resources Director Janelle Terrance, Economic Development Coordinator Tony Fradin, Sr. Management Analyst Sam Hughes, Finance Director Todd Dowden, Planning & Development Services Director, Roberta Grill, Director of Public Works Dan Dinges, Public Works Engineer Bob Allen, Water Supervisor Tom Ruzicka, Building Director Brian Goralski, Head Golf Professional Phil Lenz, Police Chief Patrick Ullrich, Deputy Chief Chuck Snider, Village Attorney Bryan Mraz and Village Clerk Lorna Giless.

Village Administrator Paula Schumacher stated that the proposed budget has been prepared in accordance with all applicable local, state and federal laws. The Village of Bartlett operates under the Budget Officer Act, which requires that the budget be adopted no later than May 1 of each year. Tonight we are holding the required public hearing.

The proposed revenues for fiscal 2019-20 total $72.0 million and includes $11.3 million in borrowing for capital projects. The remaining revenues are divided among property taxes, other taxes, services charges and other revenue. The proposed general property tax levy is to remain flat from last year. This will be the eighth consecutive year the levy has remained flat or declining.

The total proposed budget for fiscal year 2019-20 is $76.2 million. This is a 25% decrease from last year. The overall budget decrease is primarily due to the decrease in capital project costs including the completion of the Lake Michigan water project and police station construction. The total operating budget is $49.6 million which is a 10% increase from last year. The increase in the operating portion of the budget includes a 2.5% increase in the General Fund, 41% in the Water Fund and 7% in the Sewer Fund. The increases in the Water and Sewer funds are for debt service related to capital improvements.

Operating expenditures can be divided into five primary uses. A little over two-thirds of the operating expenditures are for public safety and public works. Public Works includes streets, water, sewer and parking. The remaining third is divided among general government, golf and debt service.

The Capital portion of the proposed budget is $26.6 million. The Capital portion of the budget varies from year to year based upon the individual projects we have scheduled.

Capital projects of the budget are divided into five broad categories; water, sewer, streets, economic development and other projects. $4.2 million of the proposed capital projects in the 2019-20 budget relates to the Lake Michigan water project and other water infrastructure improvements. $5.8 million is for the Devon Avenue excess flow facility. Other projects include the annual streets maintenance program, improvements in the Brewster Creek and Bluff City TIF developments, and engineering for the Bittersweet waste water treatment facility.

The budget year begins May 1, 2019 and goes through April 30, 2020.

President Wallace asked if any member of the public wished to offer written or oral testimony on the budget. There were none.


It was moved by Trustee Camerer to adjourn the Proposed Budget Public Hearing and seconded by Trustee Deyne.


AYES: Trustees Camerer, Deyne, Gabrenya, Hopkins, Reinke

NAYS: None

ABSENT: Trustee Carbonaro


The Public Hearing was adjourned at 7:04 p.m.

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