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Kane County's $2M budget gap narrows to $800,000

GENEVA – Kane County officials have a three-week deadline to make about $800,000 in cuts from next year’s proposed general fund budget, Executive Finance Director Joe Onzick told a County Board committee Wednesday.

“We do appreciate the progress that’s been made,” he said, noting voluntary reductions from various offices and departments.

The $2.088 million gap between projected revenues and expenditures has been reduced to about $1.042 million through such measures as holding the coroner to the three-year flat budget agreement, reducing the state’s attorney’s expenses and fine tuning sewer and water expense calculations, Onzick said.

Additionally, he said, the chief judge Wednesday morning notified him about $250,000 in probation salary reimbursements, which will reduce the gap to about $800,000.

Onzick said the county has about three weeks to close the gap so the County Board on Oct. 14 can vote to place the budget on public display.

County Board Chairman Chris Lauzen thanked those, including the chief judge and state’s attorney, who have contributed to the reduction.

“It sets such a good example,” he said.

County Board member John Hoscheit, who chairs the Finance/Budget Committee, echoed those sentiments. The process, he said, “has been done with a spirit of cooperation.”

Hoscheit didn’t express concerns about eliminating the remaining projected deficit. He said it likely would be worked out without significant impact on services.

Considering the budget as a whole, he said, “This budget gap is fairly small.”

In other news, Onzick said that as of July 31 the current budget year was about two-thirds completed. Overall, he said, total general fund operating revenue might be $1.9 million more than budgeted, and operating expenses might be $800,000 less than budgeted.

He said there are no budget concerns, but the coroner’s office is projecting an overage in the general fund of about $100,000.

Onzick’s report also indicated the purchasing department has prepared a request for proposals for a walk-in cooler and freezer for the coroner’s office.

By the numbers

Joe Onzick, Kane County’s executive finance director, said the projected $2.088 million budget gap has been reduced by these measures:

• -$185,000 – Fine tuning sewer and water expense calculations
• -$280,000 – Reducing court services health and dental budget and floating headcount
• -$50,000 – Transfer court services juvenile custody expense to probation services fund
• -$25,000 – Reducing state’s attorney’s expenses
• -$270,000 – Downward revision of health insurance rate increase
• -$175,000 – Additional savings from allowable health insurance plan design changes and negotiations
• -$90,000 – Holding coroner to three-year flat budget agreement
• +$29,000 – Impact of reduction to general fund riverboat grant

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