Already embarking on an ambitious road improvement program while aiming for lower property taxes, Schaumburg trustees Monday also agreed in principle with administrators' plans for several other service enhancements in the coming year.
The village board unanimously recommended the staff's proposed annual budget, which it plans to formally adopt tonight, just ahead of the new fiscal year on May 1.
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Among the other service expansions the $203 million budget calls for are the return of a second canine unit to the police department, greater marketing and use of the Woodfield-area trolleys, and an enhanced public education program for the fire department.
To improve Schaumburg's economic development oversight, the new position of management analyst is planned for the community development department. And because it may prove to difficult finding a new transportation director with the experience of the Schaumburg Regional Airport the retiring June Johnson has, the additional hiring of an airport manager is also being considered, Village Manager Brian Townsend said.
The budget forecasts revenues of $210 million, $7 million more than expected costs.
These and other additions to the budget accompany a plan to reduce the village's 5-year-old property tax levy by another 1 percent at the end of the year. Since the tax was created in late 2009, there's been a reduction each year -- for a total of $2.8 million, or 12.5 percent of the original levy.
But there is much on this year's capital improvement plan: $6 million for road resurfacing and reconstruction, $7.6 million for the village's share of new tollway interchanges, $3.7 million to complete improvements to the intersection of Barrington and Schaumburg roads, and $1.5 million for further mitigation of the emerald ash borer infestation.