Huntley approves budget, police contract
By Jeanie Mayer For The Courier-News December 14, 2012 10:36AM
Updated: January 19, 2013 6:07AM
HUNTLEY — The village board passed a $25.8 million operating and capital budget for fiscal 2013, up 27 percent from the current year due to a planned major road construction project.
At the same time, trustees approved a property tax levy that will remain the same as the current levy.
The new budget is almost $5.5 million higher because of expected expenditures for the proposed extension of Kreutzer Road west of Route 47, according to village staff.
The proposed budget for the general operating fund is balanced, with a little less than $9.2 million in revenues and expenditures.
There were no resident comments on the budget at Thursday’s night’s public hearing on the money plan, and the board unanimously approved it.
Following the budget vote, the board approved the 2012 annual property tax levy and collection of taxes for this year. The amount of property tax to be levied for 2012 is $3.8 million. Village Manager David Johnson said the levy will remain flat this year with no increase over last year’s levy.
In other business, the board approved a new, four-year contract with police officers that includes wage increases of 2 percent for 2013, 2.3 percent in 2014, 2.6 percent in 2015 and 2.8 percent in 2016.
Police Chief John Perkins noted that the agreement was made over the course of six meetings. Village President Charles Sass commended both sides of the bargaining table for their goodwill in the process.
“I want to acknowledge how we do this differently here (in the village) without the use of attorneys at the table. All parties were very cordial,” Sass said.
The new contract will allow for survivor insurance coverage for a year. The current agreement has no coverage.
“Agreement states that in the case of an employee’s accidental death, medical coverage shall be provided to surviving eligible dependents for up to 12 months,” the staff reports stated.
Other perks granted in the agreement include an increase in vacation time to 250 hours annually for those with 20-plus years of service, up from 200 hours in the current contract; an annual stipend for SWAT team members of $300 and $300 annually for defensive tactics instructors; and an increase in the hourly rate for an officer in charge and a field training officer.
The board approved the new contract unanimously.