Where is the 2013/2014 Lisle Budget?

Sales tax revenue in Lisle plummeted 40% from 2002-2011, while property tax revenue increased 35%!! And of course, there is the increase in those "other taxes."

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                

                                    Actual                             Actual


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 -  electedofficials@villageoflisle.org

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D R January 11, 2013 at 07:54 PM
Shortly after this blog was posted, the Village uploaded the draft budget!! Too bad it takes a blogger to shame the Village into being transparent.
D R January 11, 2013 at 07:59 PM
From the draft budget on that "other tax".... "One point of discussion is the allocation of the $1.7 million in Telecommunications Tax surplus... ... our agreement with the resident at 4729 Center is coming to a close, and the Village could be PURCHASING THE HOME within the next two or three years." Seriously?!?! Purchasing a home?!? The Village still has the old village hall site for sale and other property around "the pond" and we are going to buy more property?!?! Yikes!
Frank F January 12, 2013 at 08:26 PM
Why are we paying someone a 90K salary to run a facebook page? We have residential blocks with no sidewalks and streets that have fallen behind a 15 yr resurfacing plan, but our tax dollars are used for a "marketing director" whose primary work is twitter/facebook? Seriously lack of priorities and poor use of tax dollars. Lisle becomes would become a more desirable place for businesses and residents not because of a 'faux marketing program' that says it is 'green', but because of the services provided and good use of taxes. Lisle does not have a real green/sustainable inititive - just 'green wash' programs to detract from the negative image of ground water contaimination at Lockformer and the high risk of flooding along the DuPage River from levees that need maintainence. Kill the marketing department.
Dick January 14, 2013 at 02:58 AM
Infinity, Jeep, Hummer, Acura dealers have all moved out of Lisle since 2002. The Jeep dealer was getting a sales tax rebate from Lisle and still left. (Always wondered why Lisle would give a car dealer a break and let them get away with calling themselves Naperville Jeep). They all left as the Village of Lisle was focused only on spending millions on a 'build-it-and-they-will-come' downtown and giving millions in TIF money to companies that don't sell anything while ignoring the exisitng businesses in the rest of town. Of course sales tax revenue is way down in Lisle. Meanwhile, sales tax revenue is up in surrounding towns.
Maria January 14, 2013 at 09:45 PM
The Village is not broadcasting tonight's budget discussion. All that expensive AV equipment just sitting there instead of being used to inform the taxpayers, citzens and residents of Lisle. What a pity.
Jane January 16, 2013 at 05:25 PM
Last month the Village Board approved a 4% increase to the tax levy. The 2012 Village of Lisle property tax levy was increased to $4,482,692 as compared to $4.3 million in 2011. With the approximate 5.5% decrease in property values in Lisle this past year, there will be about a 9.5% increase in the tax rate on your next property tax bill - Village of Lisle portion.


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