A description of what’s happening in Algonquin Township by Trustee Larry Emery:
Algonquin Township REDUCES 2014 Levy
Yes Virginia, government CAN reduce their taxes.
The Algonquin Township board voted unanimously (4-0) to submit the Town Fund to be 1% lower for 2014 compared to 2013.
Is this a huge amount at an $18,000 reduction?
This is a matter of perspective and where you set a baseline to truly evaluate success of achieving goals.
Until we have a comparison tool that is established for townships (Small, Medium, Large and Urban Suburban, and Rural), it is hard to say.
This will be a good project for our township and see if this can be established with the others.
I believe the government administration team and the corresponding board need to be good stewards of the resources given to them by the citizens.
To do this, agreed upon key indicators are required to measure.
Things measured, will improve.
When we talk transparency, we must have common ground in the numbers and the interpretation of these numbers to be able to analyze and come to a consensus we are on the right track.
One can easily take a number and exclaim it out of context. I
n fact, I did with just talking about the 1% reduction of the Levy.
We need a balanced approach of monitoring, reviewing, and action on multiple key indicators.
The accomplish this, I will work with the supervisor and her team to continue focus on the 4% reduction of the 2014-15 budget that was submitted and look for frugal spending and redeployment of resources that can be done in 2015-16.
To do this, some of the key indicators to be established and monitored are:
- Monthly Cash Flow Reserve Analysis tool to measure financial health and direction of the township
- Employee Pay and Benefit Analysis to establish fair compensation packages to all workers (hired and elected).
- Purchase Planning Process for quotes (to go with the bid process) on major investments in goods, services, and building needs based on established goals.
The other funds submitted, Road and Bridge, Equipment and Building, Special Funds, and General Assistance, where all held flat to 2013.
Please contact me, attended our monthly meetings, and/or write on any concerns, questions, or other information that you may would like to discuss: