During a 3 hour meeting on Saturday morning, November 14th, Village Manager Keller and Finance Director Thomey gave a detailed overview of the major objectives and challenges for the upcoming 2021 budget year. The 2020 budget took a $3 Million haircut in revenues and expenses. Revenue sources are expected to remain flat as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact everyone. During the past two months, department heads and staff took scalpel to department budgets across all expense lines. Including holding several vacant positions open and relying on some overtime from existing employees to fill the gap in Dispatch, Fire, Parks, Police and Public Works.
Several conservative investments for the community are proposed for 2021, including replacement of a 20-year old fire engine, road resurfacing, sewer pipe lining, tennis court resurfacing and a replacement dump truck. Also proposed are matching funds for the Paulus Park improvements grant (OSLAD) and TIF investments for Block A (across from the the Promenade) for an improved gathering space, that may lead to a future development on the site.
The workshop concluded with Mayor Poynton's words: "Everyone isn't going to get what they want, but they get what they need."