Brookfield trustees voted unanimously, Dec. 10, to approve the 2013 budget, which will serve as the basis for the 2013 appropriation ordinance, the legal document governing village spending. The village board will vote to pass the appropriations ordinance in January.
The budget passed last week predicted that revenues would outpace expenditures in the general operating fund, which pays for day-to-day expenses, by a narrow margin of about $1,700.
Of the $14.4 million the village is preparing to spend in 2013, about $9 million will go to pay for police and fire protection. Another $2.4 million will go toward paying for public works services, while $362,000 will be spent on recreation.
About $617,000 is being set aside for costs relating to the village manager’s office, which includes salaries for the village manager, assistant manager and clerical staff. The budget calls for $635,000 to be spent for the finance department and another $503,000 for the department of building and planning.
In many respects, the 2013 budget is very similar to this year’s spending plan. It includes 2.5-percent raises for non-union employees, along with raises for union employees as specified in their union contracts.
Where the village is going to see some budget pressure in coming years is in benefits for its employees, particularly police, where between 2012 and 2014 benefit costs (largely health insurance premiums) are expected to rise 19.5 percent.
Benefits costs for firefighters are expected to increase by 16 percent during that same period.
Meanwhile, the budget shows that spending for public works salaries and benefits is expected to drop slightly in 2013 compared to 2012 before ticking up again in 2014.
After a large public works effort in 2012 — including the completion of the Grand Boulevard resurfacing/storm sewer project — the village expects to pay about half that amount in 2013.
The biggest public works project on the books for 2013 is resurfacing Maple Avenue from the railroad tracks south to 47th Street. Another $300,000 has been set aside for refurbishing and painting the Maple Avenue water tower.
In addition, the village has set aside $300,000 as a match for a grant targeted for improvements to Kiwanis Park. The village in June applied for a $250,000 Open Space Lands Acquisition and Development (OSLAD) grant from the federal government. The state of Illinois, which administers the program, has not yet announced grant winners.
The budget also calls for contributing another $300,000 to a cash reserve fund established by the village board in 2009. At the end of 2012, the amount in the cash reserve will stand at about $805,000, according to Finance Director Doug Cooper. The 2013 contribution will be made in the summer.
“The goal is to get to 25 percent of operating expenditures,” said Cooper.