A tax hike barely passes with 4-3 vote while the budget gets 5-2 approval.
The Highland Park City Council passed its 2011 balanced budget Monday night by a 5-2 vote, but barely approved a 2.51 percent increase to the property tax levy to help fund it. The budget was prepared by City Manager David Limardi and his staff, who were under orders by the council not to include the city's cash reserve as a source of funding. The reserves have been used for the past two years to offset a decline in sales tax revenue. The budget also fully funded the Highland Park Public Library's needs. Part of the funding process required the higher property tax levy to "maintain the level of services our citizens expect," according to Limardi. Essentially a tax hike, the increased levy may require property owners to pay more next …
The city council discussed outsourcing certain services in the community development Department on Monday.
- A.M. Cole
Monday, November 22, 2010
Highland Park's city council may outsource some municipal services to cut costs and reduce the budget for fiscal year 2011. In a recent special budget meeting, community development director Michael Blue brought the possibility of outsourcing some of the community development department's reviews, such as commercial planning, to private organizations. In the interest of saving the city an estimated $165,000 each year, city manager David Limardi said that this decision would help the city realign in a way that gives elastic assets and revenues more financial wiggle room in an unstable economy. "Services that are elastic should be outsourced to the private sector who can staff up and staff down quickly as opposed to local governments who can…