The Lisle Village Board will discuss the proposed budget for 2013/2014 at their "Budget Planning" meeting on Monday January 14, 2013.
The question is… Where is the copy of the draft budget?
How can a resident have input in government if the information is not provided to the residents? Sure, one can submit a Freedom of Information request, but the response takes 5 days and by that time, the meeting is over.
The Village maintains a rather comprehensive website that includes everything from information on 'Christmas tree recycling' to 'how to prevent problems with coyotes', but a Lisle resident won't find import things like a copy of the Draft 2013/2014 Budget posted online anywhere.
Wouldn't you like to know if the Village is planning to increase the budget and increase your property tax levy next year?
Let's take a look at the past 8 years of Village of Lisle revenue and spending:
Fiscal year Revenue Spending
2011/2012 27.215 23.340
2010/2011 24.537 23.563
2009/2010 21.378 23.417
2008/2009 23.244 24.295
2007/2008 25.288 23.798
2006/2007 23.083 21.320
2005/2006 22.610 21.458
2004/2005 27.020 20.879
(Revenue in millions)
What is really important to study, however, is the source of the revenue. The revenue sources are primarily from property taxes, sales taxes, and what the Village likes to call "other taxes."
What are those "other taxes"?
Take a look at your utility bills and you will find the municipal tax added to your cable, phone, electric, gas bills. The Village levies a tax of 5% on your gas and electric bills and 6% on your telecommunications bills. You can search the Village website for hours and you will not find any historical data on the increasing amount of revenue the Village collects from its residents from the taxes on your electric, gas, phone, cable bills. You can FOIA for utility tax revenue information that is nowhere to be found on the website, but expect to wait for a response. Oh, and then the Village will post your name on this page. http://www.villageoflisle.org/home/index.asp?page=537
Back to budgets and taxes….
Over the past 10 years sales tax revenues in Lisle have plummeted and the taxes collected from residents in the form of property tax and utility taxes has significantly increased.
Lower sales tax revenue => Higher property taxes and utility taxes for residents!
Let's look at how much sales tax revenue has dried up and property taxes have increased in Lisle since 2002.
Fiscal year Sales Tax Revenue Property Tax Revenue
2012 - -
2011 3.695 4.326
2010 3.449 4.252
2009 3.374 4.127
2008 4.080 4.110
2007 4.665 3.924
2006 4.573 3.923
2005 4.749 3.616
2004 4.709 3.546
2003 5.532 3.358
2002 6.098 3.210
While sales tax revenue plummeted 40% from 2002-2011, property tax revenue increased 35%. And of course, there is the increase in those "other taxes."
Do you think Lisle Residents are informed about the budget, taxes and spending?
Do Lisle residents and have input in government?
If you were informed, would you be in favor of another property tax increase?
Let the Village know what you think: email - firstname.lastname@example.org