Prim Cutting Expenses

During the campaign for Sheriff, Bill Prim consistently told audiences that he intended to cut that department’s budget.

Now figures are in for the first seven months on Prim’s administration.

Comparing expenditures for the first seven months on the Fiscal Year of Sheriff Keith Nygren's term with the first seven months of Bill Prim's.

Comparing expenditures for the first seven months on the Fiscal Year of Sheriff Keith Nygren’s term with the first seven months of Bill Prim’s.

“Administration” contains Patrol, Dispatch, Detectives, Civil Process, Records and Administrative Services.

Wage increases and back pay will soon kick in, so some or, maybe, much of the savings achieved this year may be eaten up.


Prim Cutting Expenses — 10 Comments

  1. I think I know what you are trying to say but can you clear up what is meant by the descriptor of “Comparing expenditures for the first seven months on the Fiscal Year of Sheriff Keith Nygren’s term with the first seven months of Bill Prim’s.”

    Comparing the chart to the somewhat contradictory descriptor my guess is we are looking at December 2013 through June 2014 compared to Dec-14 through June-15 and not the first seven months of each of their respective terms?

    Do we know how much of this is turnover of longer tenured employees leaving and being replaced by new hires without much tenure (Making the assumption that the influx of new hires were being hired at lower pay that long tenured county employees that are now gone)?

  2. Assuming expenses have been cut, how does the County Board reward the Sheriff?

    They approve increasing the wages of the Sheriffs.

    Any Board member who voted in favor of the increase last night needs to explain to the children why they are placing an increasing tax burden on them.

    Not one person who voted in favor of the increase should be re-elected.

    The Sheriff does NOT negotiate with the unions.

    County staff does!

  3. Ques. It is my understanding that when Prim was elected, they cut his budget and his salary.

    He does have 2 deputies down that were shot and getting paid, as they should be.

  4. Let’s see some numbers before the next election adjusted for inflation, this just isn’t long enough yet.

  5. The county’s Fiscal Year 2014 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) has been posted on the county website. > County Government > DEPARTMENTS A-I > Auditor > Comprehensive Annual Financial Report.

    There are several other reports in the Auditor’s section of the county website, including a summary popular annual financial report, audit reports, etc.

    The counties fiscal year ends November 30.

    We are now in FY 2015.

    1st Quarter ended February 28, 2015
    2nd Quarter ended May 31, 2015
    3rd Quarter ends August 31, 2015
    4th Quarter ends November 30, 2015.

    The County Auditor’s 1st Quarter Report for FY 2015 is the most current in the Auditor’s section of the website.

    The 1st Quarter Auditor’s Report shows the County Sheriff’s Department has a $32M budget which is the largest departmental budget in the county.

  6. Hilarious to put out this chart what appears to be less than 24 before a pay raise for the Deputies is backdated through December.


    News or shameless PR outlet?

  7. The Better Government Association released a Public Safety Pension database in July 2015.

    The database contains salaries, pensions, and financials for Fire districts and departments and Police departments in the Downstate Fire and Downstate Police pension funds. > Resources > Pension Database > Public Safety Pension Portal.

    Des Plaines Police Pension Fund

    William Prim
    27 years of service.
    $168,940 pension contributions.
    $112,603 salary used to determine pension
    Benefit start date 8/25/2012
    $76,007 pension for first year.

    Nygren’s current pension is about the same.

  8. The employee salaries, because of the delay in the approval of the contract, have the same base.

    Savings shown, besides less overtime, I would think, are on comparable expenditures.

  9. Keith Nygren also has an IMRF pension.

    Crystal Lake Downstate Police Pension Fund for time with Crystal Lake police department: $73,853.

    IMRF Pension Fund for time with McHenry County Sheriff’s Department: $65,400.

    Total Keith Nygren pensions: $138,983 annually with 3% COLA.

    The Downstate Police Pension Fund COLA is 3% compounded.

    $73,853 x .03 = $2,215 (Downstate Police COLA)

    IMRF COLA is 3% Simple Interest, which means the COLA is fixed for the life of the retiree and calculated as 3% of the initial pension.

    $65,400 x .03 = $1,962 (IMRF COLA).

    In addition to the Simple Interest COLA, IMRF retirees receive a 13th payment every year (only IMRF pension fund has the 13th payment, the other 18 pension funds in the Illinois Pension Code do not have a 13th payment).

    $65,400 / 12 = $5,450. $5,450 x .36327 = $1,974 (IMRF 13th Payment COLA).

    Total Nygren COLA for 2014 or 2015: $6,151 (approximate, actual depends on pension start date and various other factors).

    IMRF retirees also contributed to and thus receive Social Security (SERS aka state worker retirees also receive Social Security, retirees in the other pension funds in the Illinois Pension Code don’t receive Social Security for their public sector employment).

    The exact numbers used to calculate the 13th payment vary every year due to the convoluted formula.

    The following from the IMRF website:

    Tax and Topic Letter 19

    Supplemental Benefit Payment (13th Payment)

    What is the 13th payment?

    The supplemental benefit payment, also known as the “13th payment,” is mailed to eligible retired members (or to their surviving spouses) every July.

    The supplemental monthly benefit payments are mailed out after the July benefit payments.

    This additional payment does not affect a retired member’s pension.

    If you receive a “13th payment,” you will continue to receive your pension every month and your annual 3 percent increase every January.

    Who receives a 13th payment?

    You are eligible for the 13th payment if your retirement effective date is July 1 of the previous year or earlier, and you have received IMRF pension benefits for the previous 12 consecutive months.

    For surviving spouse benefits, we consider both the number of months you have received a surviving spouse
    benefit and any period the member was receiving IMRF retirement benefits.

    You must also be receiving a regular July benefit payment.

    Who pays for the 13th payment?

    The 13th payment is paid for entirely by employer contributions.

    A special assessment provides that each IMRF employer contributes .62% of their payroll to pay for the 13th payment.

    What is the amount of the 13th payment?

    The percentage for the 13th payment is calculated after the June 1 pensions are processed (late May).

    The 13th payment is not the same amount as your usual monthly benefit payment.

    Each June we calculate the amount of the 13th payment.

    The amount of the 13th payment is based on:

    1. How much we receive in employer contributions from the special assessment (.62%) mentioned above and

    2. The total amount of all June 1st payments to everyone eligible for the 13th payment.

    We divide the first number by the second number. For 2014, your 13th payment was 36.237% of your June pension

    The 36.237% was calculated as follows:

    $ 42,971,596 (amount from employers) Divided by $ 118,584,080 (amount of eligible June 1 payments) Equals

    This means that everyone who was eligible received a 13th payment that was 36.237% of their usual benefit

    For example – a member’s June 1st pension was $750.00.

    This amount is multiplied by the 36.237% from above calculation and provided a 13th payment amount of $271.78.

    Why does the percentage get smaller each year?

    The reason why the 13th payment gets smaller each year is that the bottom number (amount of all eligible June 1 payments) is going up faster than the top number (amount of employer contributions from the special assessment).

    More of our retirees are retiring earlier, living longer and are receiving higher benefits.

  10. Come on Cal, you know less than 24 hours after this chart the Deputies we awarded a back pay raise all the way back to December. That was pay earned during that pay period and should be accounted in any fair summary of the salary paid for that period. I get it doesn’t help the desired narrative, but you don’t “save” money by delaying it’s payment.

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