It’s always more fun spending than trying to figure how to spend less. Governments tend to excel at spending, and fail miserably at cutting expense. Naperville city officials are in the midst of considering where to make spending cuts to help defray the $1.8 million budget deficit, and there are plenty of departments in the City of Naperville to choose from when looking at expenses. Those departments include:
- Board Of Fire and Police
- City Clerk
- City Manager
- Human Resource
- IT (Information Technology)
- Mayor and City Council
- Public Works
- Transportation, Engineering and Development
Each department is like its own little fiefdom, not really wanting to make cuts, and lobbying for either maintaining their current expenses, or hitting the trifecta with additional dollars.
Each department head pleaded their case to the city council at a recent workshop, almost as if they were presenting their personal annual review to their supervisor for a salary increase.
To the credit of the Naperville city council, one department (IT) was singled out as needing more dollars and support than they were requesting. As councilman Kevin Gallaher inferred, Naperville’s IT needs to modernize at least from ‘the ancient to the old’.
The city council looks prepared to make cuts to the other departments, however considering world events, and current situations within our country, they might want to think twice about cutting the budget for police and fire protection.
Additionally, Naperville’s legal department may need to be bolstered, not for the purpose of making residents lives more miserable, but the the probability of fending off more law suits including possible class action lawsuits. It’s been said that anybody can sue anybody for anything, which is true, and some of these cases look a little stronger than others.
The city council will also be looking at the ongoing issue of medical benefits, including dental, and vision for city council members. It’s interesting to note that aside from the mayor’s position, the only Naperville city council member taking medical, dental, and vision benefits is councilwoman Judy Brodhead. She is holding strong on keeping these benefits for herself.
Even if the council votes to forgo those benefits, it wouldn’t take effect until the year 2019, meaning Brodhead could be covered by taxpayers for another three-plus years, unless of course, voters decide to separate her from the council during the next election in 2017.