Palos Park plans public hearing on village’s 2016 budget numbers

 

 

By Michael Gilbert

Regional correspondent

 

Palos Park’s 2016 fiscal-year budget is expected to be approved at the next Village Council meeting later this month, the village’s finance director said Monday.

The proposed budget will yield at surplus of at least 1 percent, and three-month operating reserve, Palos Park Finance Director Barbara Maziarek said.

A public hearing on the 2016 budget is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at the Kaptur Administrative Center prior to council meeting on Monday, April 27.

Maziarek and Finance Commissioner James Pavlatos declined to give the specifics of the budget when asked following Monday’s meeting saying revenue and expenditure projections may still change in the next two weeks.

They were also tight-lipped about whether there will be any major purchases or new positions created in the upcoming fiscal year.

“We will announce it during the budget public hearing,” Maziarek said. “We can’t commit to numbers until that night when the budget ordinance is actually passed. [The budget] can still be amended up until that point.”

Pavlatos praised Maziarek and her staff for creating a balanced budget in challenging economic times.

“The staff and all the directors have been working very diligently in the last few months to get the budget ready,” Pavlatos said. “I want to compliment the staff and Barb [Maziarek] for a fantastic job on this. [Village Manager] Rick [Boehm] was also involved. I think you put together a really, really good budget in a difficult time.”

Palos Park officials must approve the budget by May 1, and file the document with the state of Illinois no more than 60 days later, Maziarek said.

The public can view a draft of the proposed budget later this week at the Palos Park Public Library, 12330 Forest Glen Blvd., or Kaptur Administrative Center, 8999 W. 123rd St.

Spring Fun Run

In other news, Commissioner Nicole Milovich-Walters encouraged residents to lace up their running shoes and head over to the Palos Park Recreation Center this Saturday, April 18, for the annual Spring Run in the Park.

The festivities will begin at 8 a.m. with a one-mile run for children followed by a 5K run through the village at 9 a.m. for teens and adults. Once the race has concluded, a number of activities will take place on the Village Green including the presentation of trophies and awards to the morning’s top runners, Milovich-Walters said. Representatives of the Chicago Fire will be on hand to give soccer demonstrations, the Elite Dance Academy will perform and inflatable jumpers will be set up for the children.

While the race does attract its fair share of top runners, Milovich-Walters said all skill levels are welcome “to enjoy a run through scenic Palos Park.”

“You definitely don’t need to be an elite runner to participate,” she said.  “And if you’re not a runner you can still bring the kids, cheer on the runners and enjoy the activities on the Village Green.”

The cost to register for the children’s one-mile run is $15 or $25 on race day. The 5K run is $20 or $30 on race day. Those interested in registering can do so by visiting www.palospark.org or 671-3760.

Rid Litter Day

Milovich-Walters also asked residents to consider participating in the Village’s Rid Litter Day at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 25.

The 12 previous Rid Litter Days have resulted in more than two tons of garbage being picked up along roadways in Palos Park. Anyone who would like to participate should meet in front of the Palos Park Recreation Center, 8901 W. 123rd St., at 9 a.m. Students can get community service hours for helping the cleanup effort. Registration is not required.  

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Palos Park Finance Commissioner James Pavlatos acknowledges the work of village staff Monday for creating a balanced fiscal-year 2016 budget. The document is expected to be approved at the next Village Council meeting on Monday, April 27.

 

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