Westville board adopts balanced budget

Westville board adopts balanced budget

WESTVILLE — Village officials approved a balanced $700,000 budget for the 2013-14 fiscal year on Friday.

Village officials expect to generate about $700,000 in revenues from May 1, 2013, through April 30, 2014, and expect to spend about that same amount during that time period.

The 2012-13 budget included about $709,000 in revenues and about $920,000 in expenses, and included equipment purchases like a new $52,000 truck for the streets and alleys department, a $34,000 sport utility vehicle for the police department, a $33,000 high-hoe, and a $7,000 lawn mower.

To help balance the 2013-14 budget, board members took steps to cut costs, such as not offering raises to village employees, deciding to put up only 12 holiday decorations on the light poles along Illinois 1 through the village this year instead of 24, using some volunteer labor for the village cleanup, and contributing only $3,000 toward the Westville Lions' Club's fireworks displays during July 4 and Labor Day instead of $5,000.

Mayor Jeff Ellis described the new budget as "tight" but added that "the board can get a lot done with it if the money is spent correctly."

The board is expecting some additional revenues from video-gambling machines that are operating in the village, and board members may also consider charging those who reserve pavilions in Zamberletti Park.

The board will have a special meeting at 7 p.m. May 2 to swear in the officials elected on April 9.

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