By Charlie Feldman
The approval of the annual appropriations ordinance was the highlight of the Monday, July 6 Troy City Council meeting.
It followed a public hearing on the ordinance. The group met in the council chambers at the municipal building for the first time in months because of the relaxing of COVID-19 restrictions.
A grand total of $25,351,800 was appropriated for corporate purposes to defray and expenses and liabilities of the city of Troy for the year beginning on May 1, 2020 and ending on April 30, 2021.
“We have to pass an appropriations ordinance for two years,” said Dave Road, city treasurer during the hearing. “First it gives us the legal right to spend the money which is in the budget that you have already approved. But that’s in-house. The appropriations ordinance makes it legal to actually spend that money. It also puts a cap on the amount we can spend. And this appropriations ordinance deals with expenses only. No income of any kind is mentioned here.”
“What I have to do is guarantee that the ordinance has got enough money in it to cover expenses that might come up,” he continued. The budget that was already approved is a best-case scenario one, Road explained – what they expect to spend this year. What if there needs to be more money in one of those items, he asked, like a transmission falling out of a police car, tires blown or other things that happen that they couldn’t know about a year ahead of time?
“So I take each of the items and I add 20 percent to it,” Road said. “Now you can’t increase each of those items and actually spend that much money. We wouldn’t have enough to spend it.” He said if you go over on one item that goes very well. They’d have to put a tax someplace else so that the total amount doesn’t exceed what’s in the bank. A contingency fund is also there to cover any other strange things that might occur. He said they almost never use it but it’s there just in case.
“The second reason for this ordinance is to use as a basis for our tax levy ordinance that we won’t write until December,” Road said.
So $1,260,600 was appropriated for the general fund. For the police fund $3,741,400 was designated; for the streets fund, $1,571,700; for the Police Article 37 fund, $200,000; Police Article 36, $150,000; Police Federal fund, $300,000; Illinois Money Laundering fund, $10,000; Police Grant fund, $200; Police Pension fund $595,000; Illinois Municipal Retirement fund, $342,000; Social Security tax fund, $335,500; audit tax fund, $27,900; insurance tax fund, $341,500; Motor Fuel Tax fund, $466,400; Tourism fund, $301,600; TIF fund, $3,583,100; water fund, $2,375,100; water design/construction fund, $960,000; water alternate bond fund $806,400; sewer fund, $4,983,400 and $3,000,000 to cover contingencies for all funds.
Guest speaker Dawn Mushill, executive director of the Troy-Maryville-St. Jacob-Marine Chamber of Commerce gave an update on its latest projects. Among these are commercials for the city of Troy on Spectrum and the city’s website that will promote the electric charger and the city’s restaurants and hotels; the recent e-cycling that netted 10 tons of items brought in three trucks and 9,300 for shredding; the scheduling of the city-wide garage sale on Saturday and Sunday, July 25 and 26; and an upcoming virtual job fair.
A moment of silence was held for the late Mary Chasteen, former Troy city clerk
The city council will next meet on Monday, July 20 in the municipal building chambers.