Fontana cuts roads, utilities projects

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Kevin Hoffman
Thursday, November 18, 2010
— The Fontana Village Board this week approved a budget that eliminates spending for all annual road and utilities projects as the economy continues to struggle.

The 2011 budget came in about $637,000 less than last year's approved figure. Village President Arvid Petersen said tough choices were made to cope with the economic climate, and that meant trimming less meaningful projects.

The roads department requested about $1.16 million for reconstruction of Shabbona Drive and a storm water hot spot. No money was allocated for either, and all utilities and road spending—except for maintenance—was put on hold.

"The only big cut has been the annual road project that we normally do," Petersen said. "It was unincluded at this point, but there has been some conversation of perhaps dealing with a budget amendment.

"It's a frugal, very conservative budget. We're only planning for those revenues that we pretty much can count on. We like to deal in realities rather than fantasy."

Village Administrator Kelly Hayden said the village typically tackles one road and one utility project every year. Scratching that from the 2011 budget decreases borrowing.

Various departments requested a total of $1.32 million for capital outlay and improvements, but the village board agreed to only $121,000. Funding for two new squad cars was cut by more than half, and an $8,000 retaining wall project was eliminated.

Room tax revenue for 2010 is projected to be about $15,000 less than budgeted, but the village is expecting about $57,000 more in beach revenue.

The budget anticipates about 12 percent less income next year.

"Obviously, in these times, when revenues are down and expenses are up, it's been a struggle," Petersen said.

Petersen left open the possibility of reconsidering road projects in 2011, depending on the economic climate and the village's financial status.


A look at the 2011 budget for Fontana:

Highlights: The village cut spending for road and utilities projects in 2011.

What's next? The budget is approved, but village officials said it could be amended next year for projects, depending on spending.

Total budget

Next year $4.56 million

This year $5.20 million

Decrease 12.25%

Tax levy

Next year $2.77 million

This year $2.77 million

Increase 0%

Tax rate

(Per $1,000 of assessed valuation)

Next year $2.16

This year $2.15

Increase 0.08%

Note: Percent changes calculated on whole numbers.

Last updated: 2:31 pm Thursday, December 20, 2012

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