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Sycamore Council considers preliminary budget

Published: Sunday, March 16, 2014 10:35 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, April 7, 2014 3:15 p.m. CDT

SYCAMORE – Aldermen will review the city’s preliminary budget for the fiscal year starting May 1 at the Sycamore City Council meeting today.

According to the budget message provided with the more-than-200-page document, City Manager Brian Gregory wrote the total spending, across all funds, in the proposed budget is $56.6 million.

Mayor Ken Mundy said the budget, which has taken several months to complete, is just a plan.

“It’s a revenue and spending plan,” Mundy said. “And we’re taking a conservative approach, like we always do.”

Mundy said he’s cautiously optimistic, with projected 1 percent to 3 percent growth in revenue.

“There are signs that sales are coming back,” he said.

No new taxes are proposed in the budget, Gregory said in his budget message.

“The department heads make this a living, breathing document,” Mundy said. “They are in charge of equipment and staffing, supplies and training.

“They are the meat of the matter, and Brian works closely with them.”

The budget is available on the city’s website, www.cityofsycamore.com, at the Sycamore Public Library or in the city clerk’s office where copies are available for purchase.

After presenting the budget for consideration Monday, the council will convene a committee of the whole meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday for a budget workshop to review the entire document. First Ward Alderman Alan Bauer, chairman of the finance committee, will conduct the meeting.

The budget could be revised during that meeting.

The council will conduct a public hearing on the budget at its April 7 meeting, with adoption scheduled for April 21.

Also at Monday’s meeting, the council will receive the annual report from the police department and hear a presentation from Northern Illinois University President Doug Baker about his vision for the university.

“We invited him to come speak,” Mundy said. “He’s been very visible in the community, and he’s very enthused about Sycamore and DeKalb teaming with NIU to work together.”

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