by Susan O’Neill
ELBURN—The Elburn Village Board on Monday approved the 2013-14 budget, with trustee Jerry Schmidt the only “no” vote.
In a previous discussion at the board’s April 8 meeting, Schmidt said he could not vote for a budget that included funding for a police force he considers large for a village of Elburn’s size.
“I think we’re overstaffed for 5,000 people,” he said during the discussion.
The Police Department includes eight full-time officers, although one of them is currently out on leave. The amount budgeted for personnel, including part-timers and overtime, benefits and taxes, is $1.1 million.
The 2013-14 village budget calls for a total of $4.8 million of expenditures and revenues.
The budget also includes an increase in the water and sewer rates for village residents of about $6 a month.