State’s financial crisis affects municipalities

by Martha Quetsch
ELBURN—Village President Dave Anderson said Monday he is concerned about the state’s delay in income-tax disbursements to municipalities when the village already faces budget challenges.

The state is more than three months behind in disturbing the income-tax money it owes municipalities throughout Illinois, Anderson said. For Elburn, that amounts to up to $130,000, Anderson said.

“It’s not a pretty picture,” Anderson said.

State Sen. Chris Lauzen (R-25th) blames the current and past state administrations.

“The Blagojevich and Quinn administrations have gradually and consistently destroyed the fiscal condition of the state of Illinois,” Lauzen said.

Lauzen does not believe the state will solve the financial crisis that led to the delay in income-tax disbursements anytime soon.

“In my financial opinion, it will take us at least three to four years to correct this condition, after we fire the people responsible, in November, for gross neglect,” he said.

Anderson and mayors from other Illinois municipalities discussed the issue of the tardy disbursements during the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus meeting June 4.

“Everybody left there grinding their teeth,” Anderson said.

Anderson said the village will survive the crisis by continuing to cut its budget, although no specific expenses are slated for reduction yet.

Another potential challenge looms
ELBURN—Under state law, if the 2010 U.S. Census determines that the village’s population is more than 5,000, the village must establish a police commission and hire an actuary, which could cost the village more than $100,000 annually, Anderson said.

“Property owners’ taxes would have to pay for this,” Village President Dave Anderson told the Village Board.

A special U.S. special census determined the village’s residents numbered 4,696, and village officials believe the population currently could exceed 5,000.

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