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Kendall County board holds off on approving 2013 fiscal year budget

Updated: November 13, 2012 9:55PM



YORKVILLE – The Kendall County Board has declined on its first chance to approve the 2013 fiscal year budget.

The divided board voted 5-5 last week to approve the budget — meaning the motion failed. The budget next could come up for a vote on Nov. 20, but County Board Chairman John Purcell indicated the vote might not come until a special meeting Nov. 29, the day before the final deadline to pass the budget.

“I’m not ready to vote on this today,” Purcell said at last week’s regular board meeting.

Joining him were board members Jeff Wehrli, Bob Davidson, Dan Koukol and John Shaw. Voting for budget approval were board members Jesse Hafenrichter, Nancy Martin, Elizabeth Flowers, Anne Vickery and Suzanne Petrella.

The sticking point on the $66 million budget, which includes a general operating fund of about $26.3 million, are how raises will be given to county employees.

Right now, the budget includes raises of $975 for all non-union employees, with the exception of four county employees who are either department heads or have similar positions.

The Finance Committee recommended $4,000 raises for Andy Nicolletti, the supervisor of assessments, and Anna Payton, the animal control warden, and $3,000 raises for Jim Smiley, Facilities Management director, and Angela Zubko, senior planner.

Vickery, chairman of the Finance Committee, said all four of the increases were for meritorious service. She praised the work of all four and said they have saved the county money.

She added that when all is said and done, the raises only add $8,000 to the budget.

But other board members said while they do not quibble with the high performance of the employees in question, this is no time for such increases.

“Would you consider the message we got from the voters...?” said Wehrli, referring to an advisory referendum that passed by a wide margin seeking to have all tax levies cut by 20 percent.



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