Friday, May 17, 2019

My Take on the Plainfield 2019 Budget

Knowing I would be traveling in early May I submitted proposed budget reductions to the Council Finance Committee at the end of April.  They totaled just over $500,000 also taking into account my proposed increases for the Library and seasonal recreation employees.  This blog post puts me on the record for my position on the city budget.  It was the will of the Council Finance committee to not accept my proposed budget amendments.  Had I been present at the Council meeting (I tried unsuccessfully to call in) I would have voted no on the budget that was approved.  The exception was Ashley Davis' no vote.  She has shown herself to be an independent voice on the Council.

P.S. my questions at the bottom were answered.

Proposed budget amendments - Cory Storch

line item admin # proposed #   difference comments
Mayors dues800060002000
Council travel950040005500
Council consulting500020003000
Council conference800040004000
Council travel600040002000
Insurance  flood15000100005000was 8800 in 2018
Insurance  auto12050001105000100000reduced to what was requested; similar to 2018
nsurance dental13399112000013991highest expenditure in 5 years is 120K, most years around 65K
Insurance opt outopt out18000017000010000still higher than last 5 years
Corporation Counsel1000007500025000same as 2018
Finance consulting750002000055000requested 50K; under 20K since 2015
Comptroller overtime12038012038not used since 2014
Audit control training2500150010001500 was requested
Audit control miscellaneous500030002000most years around 3K
Centralized community initiatives13000600070005300 last year, 4000 previous year
postage58000500008000still moe than 2018 - 48000
Health office equip25002000500average 1250 last two years
Community Dev emerg. Housing600040002000still more than last 2 years combined
Social Services consulting5000500never spent in this line
Social Services travel1000500500never spent in this line
DPW conference350010002500most years around 1K
DPW overtime24000020000040000never over 179000 since 2014
Egnineering consulting12000010000020000most years under 100K
Inspections acting pay302215001522management should cover this cost from savings in other lines
Inspections equip maint500040001000most years under 700
Inspections conference5000350015002389 last year
Senior seasonal workers600030003000never used in last 5 years
Fire overtime76500074000025000Management hasn’t made good on past goals
Fire bottled water550030002500839 in 2018
Fire med supplies3000200010002172 in 2018
Police overtime931000765000166000Management hasn’t made good on past goals
Police holiday pay22000020500015000last years cost
spot shotter1840001840000132000 last year; why a big increase?
Youth Council150001000050002K in 2018
Environmental Commission100001000never implemented
Natl Night Out500020003000spent 750 ini 2018
Total reductions43580513811000547051
Recreation seasonal10000
Total increases4000040000
Grand total-507051
Court special serviceswhat is it
City Employmentwhat is it
Telephonewhy is it budgeted higher
Bond Anticipation Noteswhy is over 220000 higher
Notes Interestwhy 331000 higher
Police Radiosexplain
Cap Grant Cancellationwhat is it
SSexplain the increase
PERSexplain the increase
PFRSexplain athe increase
Reserve for Uncollected TAXesexplain the difference between amounts requested and reccommended

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