Tuesday, April 19, 2016 || By Michael Romain
At a regular meeting tonight, April 19, the Maywood Board of Trustees will consider whether or not to authorize a proposed FY 2017 budget. The village’s total operating budget is projected to be $36,600,663, which includes $7.8 million budgeted for the police department and $5.8 million budgeted for the fire department. One of the fire department’s largest proposed expenditures is $460,000 for a new fire engine.
One of the deepest spending cuts was in the village’s E911 fund, created to support the operations and maintenance of the emergency dispatch center. That fund was cut by 50 percent this year, with village officials anticipating a future restructuring of that office. The fund was budgeted nearly $97,000. The other half of its budget was shifted to the police department’s budget.
Trustee Michael Rogers advocated that $200,000 be included in the budget of the public works department as part of a dedicated pool of funding that would go toward future repairs to 13th Avenue. The funding could also be utilized as a reserve fund for the department, Village Manager Willie Norfleet, Jr., said at a meeting earlier this month.
Rogers said the village should start accumulating funds gradually so that, whenever an opportunity comes to collaborate with the Village of Broadview on the street, Maywood would be financially ready.
For more information on the proposed FY 2017 budget, click here.
Maywood to consider bringing back Inspector General
At the April 19 meeting, the board is also expected to consider whether or not to renew an agreement with the Cook County Sheriff’s Department that designates an Independent Inspector General (OIG) for Maywood, a position the board unanimously authorized in March 2013 “to promote honest and effective government” and to whom residents “can turn to for assistance in eliminating both the fact and the appearance of fraud, corruption, and unethical activates in village government,” according to a recent draft ordinance.
The agreement was effective for one year before the agreement expired in July 2014. Click here to read the proposed ordinance and more background information. VFP