City to hear feedback on budget at public hearing


DeKalb Mayor John Rey speaks during a City Council meeting April 13.

By Margaret Maka

Community members will have the chance to voice their concerns regarding DeKalb’s Fiscal Year 2016 budget today.

The Financial Advisory Committee met June 2 to discuss the proposed 2016 budget and provided four recommendations to the council at the June 8 City Council meeting. The recommendations included budgeting a $450,000 surplus, freezing hiring at current levels until revenue growth exceeds three percent, not supporting other tax or revenue increases for operations without complete tax rate data comparisons and allotting $1 million in TIF funds toward road repairs.

The council unanimously voted to amend the budget to accept two of the council’s recommendations, including the $450,000 surplus and the $1 million in TIF money for road work.

“We need to build private and public momentum with a set of planned actions to revitalize the heart of the community,” Mayor John Rey said at the June 8 meeting.

The city budget ordinance passed its first reading and will be read again today.