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Plainfield passes balanced 2018- 2019 budget

By Madhu Mayer – news@thetimesweekly.com | 4/4/2018, 5:12 p.m.
Just like a household must have enough funds to pay for everyday expenses, the Village of Plainfield also must plan ...

Just like a household must have enough funds to pay for everyday expenses, the Village of Plainfield also must plan out its budget for the upcoming fiscal year so residents can continue receiving services they expect.

The Plainfield Village Board Monday adopted its 2018-2019 fiscal year balanced

budget that calls for $68.5 million in revenues and $66.9 million in expenses. The 2017 budget anticipated revenues at $59.2 million and expenses at $55.1 million.

Traci Pleckham, director of management services, said the total budget appropriates

around $25 million in general fund and $18 million in the water and sewer fund.

While he voted for the ordinance in "reluctance," trustee Brian Wojowski commended staff for trying to do the best they can. But he didn't hide his "distaste with board direction" on the recent water and sewer rate hike and the increase of 2 cents in motor fuel tax rate from 4 cents per gallon to 6 cents per gallon.

"Hopefully, next year, this board doesn't continue this trend," said Wojowski.

Since starting the budget process in October, trustee Bill Lamb said the board has

reviewed in depth each budget of every department.

"We do awfully good with the money we get and we don't waste it," said Lamb.

The board voted unanimously 6-0 to approve the budget on Monday. No one from the community spoke during the public hearing portion of the budget.