By BLAKE FAITH
The Mt. Zion village board met on November 22 and discussed the proposed FY 2023 budget.
The proposed FY 2023 Budget discussion started with the current cash balance of all funds which included a general fund amount of nearly $2.9 million. The general fund expenditures under capital expenditures include a $56,000 squad car purchase for the Mt. Zion police department along with a $631,000 ARPA Eastside Sanitary project.
Along with that highlight, the Tax increment Financing Fund Route 121 TIF district listed that it will expire in 2043 and that the current balance is $129,339.04. Among those listed is the Tennis Court Rehab Project at Fletcher Park. The project will consist of replacing the four courts facing north with brand new tennis courts. The two facing the south will become pickleball courts. The reasoning for the project is due to cracks around the courts due to Midwest weather and the drainage underneath the courts system needs to be replaced while pickleball courts have been brought up to Village administrators and Village Board members.
The budget schedule will include a published notice in the newspaper as well as it will be available at the Village Hall or on the village’s website. On December 19 at the meeting there will be a public hearing for this as well as the adoption of budget ordinance, salary range ordinance, tax levy ordinance and abatement ordinance.
Other items approved by the village board were:
-The board approved the authorization of the sale of surplus equipment as part of Ordinance No. 2022-11.
-The board approved an agreement between the Illinois Department of Transportation and the village of Mt. Zion for Traffic Signal Modernization.
The next Mt. Zion village board meeting will be held on December 19 at 5:15 p.m.