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Mayor Broda Quietly Sets Lisle Budget Hearing for March 4 - Spending to Increase

Village of Lisle doesn't want residents to know about the Budget Hearing.

You won't find the Village of Lisle's announcement for a Budget Hearing posted on its Facebook page or on its Twitter page; you won't find the announcement on the "News" page of the Village of Lisle website, either. 

But digging deeper, we find a Public Hearing notice on the calendar for March 4, 2013 - 7 pm at Village Hall. 

The notice was also published in the Daily Herald recently. It was in one of those teeny-tiny-type legal notices in the back of the paper. The kind of notice that just barely meets the requirements of a "legal notice." 

One has to wonder if the Village is using all of the communication resources at its disposal to inform its residents and taxpayers. 

Is the Village really interested in what its residents have to say about how our tax dollars are spent? 

If Mayor Broda wants input from residents, then why isn't this notice posted on the front page of the website, Facebook page and Twitter page like the announcement for input on the French Market?

Why are taxpayers paying the salary for a Marketing/Communication Director to utilize social media if its not to inform those of us who are footing the bill of the proposed increased spending plans for the next 5 years?

If the Village can pay hundreds of dollars for an ad on the back of a Pace bus to benefit a small group of local retail business owners, why can't the same ad be placed to advertise a public hearing?

If the Village can purchase $5000 of "gift cards" for the Board and appointed commissions, why doesn't the Village allocate funds to encourage residents' attendance and participation at a Budget Hearing?

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George P February 25, 2013 at 08:43 PM
Where is the draft budget? Certainly not conveniently posted on the front page of the website.... not yet, anyways! After they see this blog, I won't be surprised if Village then posts the draft budget online with a link right on the home page!
Dick February 25, 2013 at 11:06 PM
The Lisle Library spends thousands on promotional materials to make themselves "relevant" and to encourage people to come and use the Library - but no where will you find a copy of their budget online. Library also does not post meeting packets on its website and does not broadcast their board meetings. Take a look at your property tax bill to see how much tax you pay to the Library. Last thing they want at the Library is transparency.
Jane February 26, 2013 at 02:57 PM
Draft #3 of the budget is also buried - inside of a board packet with a link on the calendar. The draft budget relies heavily on revenue collected from "Utility taxes." In fact, these taxes on our utility bills provides more revenue to the village than property taxes and sales taxes. Apparently the Village has so much excess revenue now, that the Village can buy "Gift Cards" and "Dinner Dance Tickets" for themselves and pay employees to come up with justifications for putting off road maintenance and installation of neighborhood sidewalks. And what about those levies? Here is the link to the Draft Budget. You have to get past the justification on road maintenance and sidewalks before you get to the budget ... http://www.villageoflisle.org/docs/20130211-vbpacket.pdf
Frank F February 26, 2013 at 04:03 PM
Have you ever walked on Yender between Burlington and Ogden? OMG. There is no sidewalk and there are huge semi-trucks going down this narrow street. One side is residential and the other side is industrial. It is a nightmare - especially now with snowy, slippery streets. Kids actually have to walk on the street, shared with the semi-trucks to get on/off a school bus. Yup - Only in Lisle are Dinner Dances, Gift Cards, and rearranging office furniture much more important expenditures than putting in a sidewalk to keep kids safe.
Maria February 26, 2013 at 05:14 PM
These expenses were approved at the Jan 7, 2012 meeting with no discussion: $ 137.86 Food & Beverage Luncheon $ 55.62 Board Dinner $ 23.14 Trustee Breakfast $ 297.96 Food Holiday Luncheon $ 75.00 Martin Luther King Breakfast $ 281.27 Holiday Cards $ 593.00 Ad Space 2013 Visitor Book $ 995.00 Advertisement $ 25.12 Holiday Luncheon Supplies $ 125.00 Facebook Vouchers $ 1,700.00 Advertising Art $ 200.00 Advertising - Tribune
Maria February 26, 2013 at 05:54 PM
At the 13 minute long meeting on Jan 21, 2013 these expenses were approved with no discussion: $ 899.00 New Christmas Tree - Lobby $ 102.30 Portillos Holiday Lunch $ 113.25 Coffee/Snacks Meetings $ 25.00 Chamber Luncheon - Mayor Broda $150.00 Quarterly Dues Rotary Club - Sgt Munson
Cathy F. February 26, 2013 at 10:28 PM
The hubris of these people....
Rob February 28, 2013 at 02:27 PM
Just received the most recent Morton Arboretum "Seasons" mailer that list donors to this fine institution. I am a member and love the place, but can someone explain why the Lisle Convention and Tourism Bureau is listed as a $5000-$9,999 contributor? This group is funded by hotel and fuel taxes collected by the village. Why are our tax dollars being used to contribute to non-profit organizations. There appear to be other government/tax funded groups doing this too. Why?
Jane February 28, 2013 at 02:36 PM
Excellent question. Rob. You will also find that the Village of Lisle gives tax money to certain other not-for-profits as well. I have been unable to find a policy whereby the Village has set some type of criteria for the charitable organizations that receives our tax dollars. By the way, little known fact, the Morton Arboretum is not within the corporate limits of the Village of Lisle. Most the of Arboretum's property falls within Downers Grove. Also, the Village collects no sales tax revenue from sales of food or merchandise at the Arboretum. I, too, have no beef with the Arboretum, rather with the Village randomly choosing to dole out our tax money to certain charitable organizations and not to others. I would much rather pay less tax and choose to give my money to the charities of my choice.
George P February 28, 2013 at 10:15 PM
Add another $300.00 of taxpayer money used to buy 5 tickets @ 60/each to the Annual Dinner for the "100 Club of DuPage." http://www.hundredclubofdupage.org/
Maria February 28, 2013 at 10:39 PM
$145.00 for Mayor Broda to attend a Golf Outing - DuPage Mayors & Managers $270.00 for Golf Outing Tickets for Broda & Young - Lisle Chamber of Commerce $45.00 for Golf Outing Dinner Clerk Seeden - Lisle Chamber of Commerce $55.00 for 2 memberships to Costco (what does Lisle purchase at Costco?) $77.16 - Parade car signs for Trustee Modaff
Anne Blaeske March 01, 2013 at 01:33 PM
Frank.. look on page 21 of the budget... Yender between Ogden and Bulingon is on the proposed list of sidewalk additions.
Maria March 01, 2013 at 01:56 PM
Anne - the page you are referring to is a list of all the locations with no sidewalks. There is no line item in the budget to expend funds for all those sidewalks on that list. "We have received a grant for the installation of sidewalk on the north side of Ogden from Yackley to Schwartz... Other sidewalk gap projects are recommended for deferral again this year due to the overall budget..." But somehow they found $225,000 for a new community sign?!? Now to mention golf, gift cards, food, dinners, etc. Interesting to see the spending choices to push public safety aside.
Frank F March 01, 2013 at 02:05 PM
$225K for a new sign? Are you serious? What a waste of money! How about deferring the sign and spending the $130K to put in the sidewalk on Yender? As for new sidewalks... Odgen between Yackley and Schwarz already has a sidewalk on the south side. Why not spend the money to put in sidewalks on residential streets that have no sidewalk on either side?
Jane March 01, 2013 at 02:19 PM
Residents without sidewalks pay property taxes, sales taxes, and utility taxes, too. Why should some residents receive less services than others? Is Lisle discriminating against some residents/residential neighborhoods? Did you know that the Yender area is listed as the lowest income area in Lisle on the DuPage Co maps?
Dick March 04, 2013 at 12:28 AM
Due to lack of publicity and promotion, I predict there won't be one single person giving comment at this public hearing tomorrow night, despite the outrageous spending highlighted in the comments above. The Village has done everything possible to discourage resident participation in a public hearing.
mary March 04, 2013 at 09:33 AM
the Morton Arboretum actually attracts some out of town visitors to Lisle. Those visitors stay at the hotels in Lisle and get fuel at local stations. This brings some business to the town restaurants, shops etc. I have no problem with this. How often do you stay at hotels in Lisle where you can consider this "your" tax dollars?
mary March 04, 2013 at 09:39 AM
@Jane, where does your information about the arboretum property mostly falling in Downers Grove come from? This is something I would like to read up on.
Jane March 04, 2013 at 03:30 PM
@mary... Read these documents. The last pages of this... http://www.villageoflisle.org/docs/20130211-vbpacket.pdf And this.. http://www.villageoflisle.org/docs/20110613.vbw.min.pdf
Maria March 04, 2013 at 04:06 PM
Most of the Hotel/Motel tax in Lisle goes to the Lisle Visitors and Convention Bureau. The LVCB receives a lump sum from the Village quarterly and as ZERO accountability to how they spend it. LCVB does not provide detailed quarterly reports to the Village. There is NO report to show the LVCB actually generates any more tourism than if the organization did not exist at all. LCVB funds are supposed to be used to promote local tourism and they market Lisle hotels rather than the hotels doing their own marketing. Important to note - Naperville does not have the equivalent of a "LCVB" but their hotels each generate more revenue for the City than each of Lisle's hotels. Naperville's hotel tax revenue is increasing; while Lisle is currently budgeting for less hotel revenue in its proposed 2013/2014 budget. One might conclude that the LCVB might be directing tourism to Naperville... hum. Another chunk of the hotel/motel tax is used to pay the bond payments on the Benedictine Sports Stadium. That stadium is supposed to be used by local high schools to play night games. The deal was cut on that stadium after the uproar when Lisle HS wanted to install lights at Wilde Field. Now we read that Lisle HS is once again pursuing lights at Wilde Field despite the fact that taxes were specifically directed to pay about $6 M of the construction cost of this private stadium. http://lisle.patch.com/articles/lshs-teacher-sheds-new-light-on-wilde-field-talk
Lisle Watchdog March 05, 2013 at 01:14 AM
**UPDATE** No public participation in the budget hearing. Is this because the Village failed to inform the public?
George P March 05, 2013 at 04:37 AM
Watch out for the Village proposing to borrow more money! A bond issue will be paid off this coming year which means the Village could refinance it and borrow million more without a referndum. When those bonds expire, the tax levy goes down unless they borrow again to maintain the same tax levy. Kinda like refinancing your house all over again right after you finally pay off the mortgage.
Tiger March 07, 2013 at 02:30 AM
Keep in mind...We the citizens of Lisle gave these "hubris" people the power to do this when we elected them. Elect different candidates, especially one who will COMMIT to weeding out unnecessary employees and expenditures. Our country should move away from re-electing incumbent politicians or office holders.
George P March 07, 2013 at 09:25 PM
While Lisle wants to make sure no one sees the budget or comments on the budget, our neighbor, the City of Wheaton is holding 3 public workshops to discuss the budget - one on a Saturday. Oh, and the draft budget is posted online with a link on the Wheaton website. http://www.wheaton.il.us/ http://www.mysuburbanlife.com/2013/03/06/wheaton-to-host-budget-workshops/ajhyeog/
Maria March 08, 2013 at 04:53 PM
How much are Lisle taxpayers paying for this "Neighbors of Lisle" publication? Who benefits from this "for-profit" publication? Why wasn't this expenditure subject bids? Why are taxdollars being use as a vehicle for Broda to publish campaign and promotional materials? Shouldn't we be reading a letter from the Village Manager about village matters? Isn't it illegal to use public funds for political purposes? Why does the Village post a direct link to a for-profit publication on its website?
Jane March 08, 2013 at 06:01 PM
The webiste www.neighborsoflisle.com is registered to Emerald Marketing, Inc. Domain Name: NEIGHBORSOFLISLE.COM Created on: 26-Apr-12 Expires on: 26-Apr-13 Last Updated on: 16-May-12 Registrant: Emerald Marketing, Inc. 4739 Clearwater Lane Naperville, IL 60564 United States On the Illinois Secretary of State Business services website, a lookup of Emerald Marketing, Inc shows the President as Timothy Sullivan of Naperville. (same address as above) The company is NOT accreditied by the BBB http://www.bbb.org/chicago/business-reviews/advertising-agencies-and-counselors/emerald-marketing-in-naperville-il-88203324 Emerald Marketing, Inc. is "NOT GOOD STANDING" with the IL Sec. of State. Yet, Lisle continues to funnel our tax dollars to this company. Is there any accountability for how our tax dollars are spent in Lisle?
Jane March 08, 2013 at 08:06 PM
Midwest Marketing Authority, Inc (located in LIsle) is also affiliated with this "Neighbors of Lisle" publication. It was formed in 2013 and also has a status of NOT GOOD STANDING with the IL Secretary of State. The president of Midwest Marking Authority is Bruce G. Povalish http://www.mwmarketingauth.com/index.cfm?hot=cp&cpid=1542&cpp=1542 These records are readily available on the internet: Bankruptcy 2009 http://bankrupt.com/misc/ilnb09-37733.pdf BGP Enterprises (DBA Rapid Funding Corp) Same address as Midwest Marketing Authorityhttp://business.lislechamber.com/list/member/rapid-funding-corp-937 NOT GOOD STANDING http://www.ilsos.gov/corporatellc/CorporateLlcController Is this fiscal responsibility?
Dick March 08, 2013 at 08:48 PM
Village, Library and Park District all funnel tax dollars to this non-transparent "Neighbors of Lisle" publication. Lots of unnecessary expense - tax money that could be used for necessary public improvements.. All of these gov't entities have websites allowing this stuff to be published online. The whole thing appears like a scam to me.
George P March 12, 2013 at 08:38 PM
Lisle Sales Tax revenue DOWN. Naperville Sales Tax Revenue UP - exceeds expectations. http://napervillesun.suntimes.com/news/18700791-418/unexpected-success-of-food-and-beverage-tax-to-help-shrink-citys-pension-hole.html
Maria March 15, 2013 at 07:12 PM
And the wasterfull spending continues.. $900.00 Rearranging Mayor's Office $ 55.00 Chamber Luncheons (names of persons attending omitted from voucher list) $474.15 Petty Cash expenses not itemized. (where's the transparency?)

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