Sycamore FY 2012 budget passed council

By Junae Bennett

Sycamore City Council passed its Fiscal Year 2012 budget plan during its Monday night meeting.

The Fiscal Year 2011-12 includes an annual budget for all city funds and departments from May 1 through April 30, 2012.

The general fund budget is $48.5 million.

According to the agenda, in order to keep the city’s official budget document consistent with the council’s direction, the city’s capital and special funds will be adjusted throughout the year to reflect bid prices, show revised priorities and register unforeseen costs.

The agenda stated that in FY2011, the city was constrained to meet revenue. Operational spending was cut to 2004 spending. Operational spending includes contractual work, small tools and equipment, vehicles, office supplies, computer software and hardware, employee training, fire supplies and police supplies.

City Manager Bill Nicklas talked about the train restoration project. Nicklas said bid the contract for the project on Friday.

“The general contractor is interested in working on this project.” Nicklas said. The bidding will last until 10 a.m. on May 6.

John Brady, municipal engineering, gave an update on the police building cite work. He said there will be two or three more days of work done on the parking lot and street lighting.

The agenda brought about personnel rules of the upcoming election. There was an approval to authorize non-elective positions for the city.