HOLIDAY HILLS – Despite cuts to the village's police department, the compromise budget approved by the village still projects a deficit.
The board approved the budget in a 5-1 vote at its September meeting, Village President Dan Drury said.
The main cuts were to the police department, primarily to administrative hours and equipment, he said. The parks department and mosquito abatement budgets also are under what they were last year.
"Everyone has been tightening the belt," Drury said.
Drury pushed for the cuts after taking office this year.
The village has run deficit budgets the past five fiscal years, dipping into its reserves to make ends meet, according to annual financial statements submitted to the Illinois Comptroller's Office and Village Treasurer Joseph Landers Jr.
The draft budget Drury was left with – which was designed to be a starting point – ran a deficit of $147,000, more than the village has left in its general fund.
The approved budget expects a deficit of about $26,000, a deficit the village can afford, but Drury hopes that new revenue will turn that deficit into a surplus.
The Holiday Hills Village Board approved a new annexation agreement for a property on the north side of the village at its Aug. 20 meeting.
The owner, Donald "Doc" Roberts, plans on leasing out sections of his approximately 400 acres to a variety of businesses that may include a paintball course, a radio-controlled car or all-terrain vehicle course and a wakeboard course.
"As he gets more businesses up and running, we should be receiving more money," Drury said.