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Village considers $40.8M budget to tackle ‘infrastructure crisis’

The village of Hinsdale is reviewing a proposed $40.8 million budget for 2012/2013 that prioritizes spending on streets and sewers.

The proposed budget was reviewed at a zoning and administration committee meeting Monday. Residents can take a look at the  proposed budget on the village’s website.  The village board is scheduled to vote on it at the April 17 board meting.

It calls for $14.5 million to go to street infrastructure improvements.

“We really are attacking infrastructure wisely on a multiyear basis,” said Trustee Doug Geoga.

In a document prepared to explain the proposed budget, Geoga said the village previously has underfunded capital costs.

“In prior presentations, we have demonstrated that Hinsdale had underfunded streets and sewers for many years, thereby temporarily allowing unsustainable levels of other expenditures and creating an infrastructure crisis,” he said.

The village has created substantial efficiencies in other areas of village government on a permanent basis in order to support long-term dedication of resources to infrastructure, he said.

The proposed budget includes $225,000 for a new ambulance. Eden Assisted Living plans to make a $100,000 donation to pay a large portion of the cost of the vehicle.

Other capital expenditures outlined in the proposal are $60,000 for email server replacement at the village hall, $200,000 for repairing the Burlington Park wall, $90,000 for repainting Memorial Hall, and $120,000 for various improvements at the Hinsdale Community Swimming Pool.

The proposed budget calls for the village to make a one-time $100,000 contribution to the police and fire pension fund, and for the employee headcount to remain flat. It would allow for a pay increase of 2.5 percent for non-union employees.

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