by Martha Quetsch
ELBURNâ€”Elburn village officials’ latest step toward their goal of reducing an expected 2010-11 budget shortfall is cutting a position from the Public Works Department, which will save the village nearly $42,000 per year.
Village officials announced the staff cut during the Committee of the Whole meeting on Monday.
The village will eliminate a Public Works secretarial position that pays $41,834. The sole reason the position is being cut is to decrease village expenses, Village Administrator Erin Willrett said.
â€œIt is a reduction in force,â€ Willrett said Tuesday.
The Public Works Department has another secretary, who will take up the duties of the eliminated employee.
Village officials started budget planning early this year to find ways to pare down an anticipated shortfall of nearly $2 million in the 2010-11 budget.
The Village Board is expected to approve the budget at its April 19 meeting.
â€œWe are on track,â€ Village President Dave Anderson said.
The fiscal year begins in May. Last year, the Village Board did not pass the annual budget until July.
â€œThis will be the first time in a long time that we will start the fiscal year with a budget (in place),â€ Anderson said.
When budget planning started, projected revenue was $4.1 million, compared to expenses totaling $5.9 million.
Since January, trustees have reviewed budget requests from village department heads to determine where they could make cuts in expenses.
In addition to seeking ways to cut expenses, trustees in recent weeks have been looking for ways to boost revenue for 2010-11; they recently decided to increase water and sewer fees starting in May. Village officials expect that the fee increase will raise revenue by at least $450,000 annually.