Chair yoga was again broadcast yesterday by Algonquin Township yesterday, but there is every indication that tonight’s6:30 Budget Hearing and 7 PM Board meeting at the Township Hall will be accessable only by those who drive over.
Zoom monthly charge is $14.99 for Township taxpayers.
So, no extra cost to allow the public to see their elected officials at work.
Township Clerk Maureen Huff’s laptop is used to Zoom the class, so no new equipment to buy.
And if the new Clerk cannot figure out how to livestream the meetings, consider that Township taxpayers shell out $60 for the chair yoga instructor.
Surely, someone can be found to handle the technical end handled by former Clerk Karen Lukasik (except on days she decided not to do it).
And probably for less than $60.
Last month the meeting determined the property tax levy for next spring’s tax bills.
Surely, no one could argue that was not an important meeting.
But we don’t know who said what.
Tonight, the budget and appropriation will be voted upon.
According to the Board packet, the property tax take will decrease $102,260 to $1,498,260.
But, Township coffers already contain $1,584,058.64.
I don’t know about you, but a 100% surplus strikes me as much more than is needed.
Certainly, I don’t have a year’s income in the bank.
Maybe you do.
It appears that the Board proposes to spend down some of the surplus, because expenditures are proposed to be 58% higher this year than last year.
Why money gets spent where and who makes suggestions for changes will be unknowable.
For those who don’t care to follow the link to the Board Agenda, here is the Town Fund’s proposed expenditures for contracural services:
If you want to get deeper in the weeds, below are miscellaneous expenses:
The non-Road District ;part of Algonquin Township has two funds:
- Town Fund
- General Assistance
The figures above are all in the Town Fund.
Take a look at the details for the second fund–General Assistance:
The only substantive hints at what will happen in the regular meeting are that money will be moved around in the Road District budget”
- Approve Transfer of Appropriation for Road District as follows:
- $50,000.00 from Maintenance-Roads (6120.006) to Salaries-Maintenance (6000.006)
- $25,000.00 from Maintenance-Roads (6120.006) to P.P. Replacement Tax (5770.005)
- $9,500.00 from Audit & Accounting (8150.010) to Technical Support (5390.005)
In addition a modified Intergovernmental Agreement will be adopted between the Township’s two governments, – –
- Algonquin Township and the
- Algonquin Township Road District
Algonquin Township’s web site brags that it serves our community “with pride.”
But not with transparency.
If you think meetings should be made accessable from one’s computer, you might want to contaxt members of the Township Board and the Township Clerk:
Supervisor Randy Funk
Trustee Millie Medendorp
Trustee Teresa Sharpe Decker
Trustee Theresa Fronczak
Trustee Edward J. Zimel, Jr.
Township Clerk: Maureen Huff
Phone: (847) 639-2700 X7
Fax: (847) 639-4529Email:firstname.lastname@example.org