YORKVILLE – A few Kendall County funds that may benefit residents will be getting some money back after officials approved a budget transfer during their meeting last week.
The Kendall County Board voted, 7-0, to approve a fiscal year 2019 budget transfer from the general fund to the county's senior services fund, building fund, election fund and alternative treatment court fund during their regular meeting Tuesday, Sept. 17. County Board members Amy Cesich, Matt Prochaska and Robyn Vickers were absent from the meeting.
According to county documents, revenues were higher than anticipated and expenses were lower than expected for the county in fiscal year 2018. As a result, the county's general fund had a more than $1.3 million surplus at the end of fiscal 2018 that will now go into the county's senior citizen services and capital building funds, along with new county election and mental health court funds.
County Board member Matt Kellogg, chairman for the county's finance committee, said the county initially transferred the money from those funds out to the general fund, but the county ended up being in better shape than officials were anticipating. He said that's why money will be returned from the general fund back to those funds.
“So this corrects a minor mistake we made last year," Kellogg said.
The senior services fund will be getting $18,000 from the transfer, along with the capital building fund getting $1.1 million and the new county election and mental health court funds getting $100,000 each.
Kellogg said the county election fund is meant to be used as a reserve for additional money for the two upcoming elections next year, especially since they are presidential elections. He said those expenses generally include staff, election judges and ballots and presidential elections mean a demand of more resources.
Kellogg said the $100,000 going into the new mental health court fund also is meant as "seed money" to get the program off the ground.
Kellogg said the $1.1 million going into the building fund would go toward requested capital items, including technology requests and potential updates to the county office building on Fox Street. He said one of his goals for the county is to have to keep getting bonds for future projects.
“I hope we can set aside that money so we don’t have to ask citizens to ask for that money,” Kellogg said.
In other budget news, Kellogg said the current fiscal year 2020 budget draft is showing an initial deficit because it includes the wills and wishes of different facets of the county, including a $50,000 increase for the senior services levy for the first time in about seven years. A lot of times, he said, the senior levy money continues to be divided the same way among the same groups and no new money has been added for new programs, including the Oswego Senior Services Center.
“My opinion is that the majority of that [increase] goes to the groups that have been asking for years for much more than we’ve been able to give them," Kellogg said. "It’s up to the committee, though.”
Kellogg said he anticipates the budget being balanced and the process going smoothly this time around.
“I’m very confident in that and balanced without any increase in taxes,” Kellogg said.
The fiscal year 2020 budget hearings are scheduled for 9 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25 and 9 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 26.