ELBURN – The Elburn Village Board voted Monday night to adopt its budget for the fiscal year beginning May 1, although board member Jeff Walter voted no, as he did when the vote for the tentative budget came up at the board’s previous meeting.
The budget was in the total amount of $6,154,703. At the last meeting, Walter said he voted no because of issues he had with the park fund and the Metra fund. He said his vote would not be changing, and he followed through with that when the final budget vote came Monday.
Walter had said he didn’t agree with raising the fees for Metra parking, which will rise to $1.50, up from $1.25, on May 1. That was a highlight of the budget, as the projected revenue of $90,300 for the parking is significantly higher than the 2013-14 estimated revenue of $75,366. Yet Doug Elder, the village’s finance director, had said the village still is showing that expenses in that area are higher than revenue. Walter said there could be better ways to increase revenue, such as doing away with free parking on weekends.
There was no public comment on the budget during an open hearing before the board’s vote.
Also on Monday night, Police Chief Steve Smith presented details from the Elburn Police Department’s first quarter report. In it, Smith noted that crime numbers were down significantly from the same period last year. He said “the weather had everything to do with that when you consider the number of arrests for intoxicated motorists and traffic accidents.”
For instance, Smith noted that arrests for driving under the influence declined by 75 percent, and traffic crashes were down by 40 percent. He said that total calls for service had increased by 5 percent, but he said most were calls for assistance.
“There were cars in ditches,” he said, adding some were vehicles from the Kane County Sheriff’s Office.