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DeKalb city leaders to consider several payments to nonprofits

Published: Friday, June 21, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

DeKALB – DeKalb aldermen are expected to vote Monday to send thousands of dollars to local nonprofit organizations.

With the fiscal year beginning July 1, the City Council is expected to sign off on distributing $381,722 to human service agencies and other nongovernmental organizations. The funds were included in the budget they approved earlier this month.

The Voluntary Action Center, for instance, will receive $31,855 from the city, while Elder Care Services of DeKalb County will receive $12,742. The Egyptian Theatre will receive $100,000 in tax increment financing to help with the ongoing renovations. Some of those renovations include replacing the theater organ and expanding the bathrooms and box office area.

Interim City Manager Rudy Espiritu said all of these items are provided for in the $77.4 million budget the City Council approved June 10.

City Council members also will consider paying the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce’s requested $45,000 to take over the event-planning activities of Re:New DeKalb. Re:New DeKalb is expanding its scope to the entire city, and will be privately funded.

In addition, city leaders are expected to renew their agreements with the DeKalb County Economic Development Corp. and the DeKalb County Convention and Visitors Bureau at the cost of $45,000 and $50,000, respectively.

City officials pointed to the economic development corporation’s help in attracting manufacturers HA Phillips and Ryerson to the area. They also described the visitors bureau as being instrumental in helping DeKalb land the hosting bid for the IHSA State Football Championships until 2021.

City leaders also are expected to vote on retaining some of their outsourced city services, including City Attorney Dean Frieders of Frieders Law, economic development consultant Roger Hopkins of Hopkins Solutions, and lobbying firm mCapitol Management.


What: DeKalb City Council meeting

When: Monday – Committee of the Whole at 6 p.m.; City Council at 7 p.m.

Where: DeKalb Municipal Building, 200 S. Fourth St.,

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