The City of Naperville’s budget continues to look better.
City council and staff recently met to discuss their general budget, which currently sits $200,000 in the negative but is down from a $2.2 million deficit in October. By the end of the meeting that gap was even less.
Each department head presented their annual budget to the council including new vehicles and personnel.
The Naperville Police Department presented a new opportunity to hire a sworn officer to train at the FBI’s Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory in Chicago. The exchange is a three-year commitment, after which, the officer will return to Naperville with extra training. Some of the cases they will be working on include child pornography, internet crimes, terrorism and fraud.
“The complexity of the cases, the type of cases they will be is across the spectrum of crime classification,” said John Dziedzic, Director of Chicago Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory. “What we’re doing is, we’re building the capacity in the Chicagoland Area to address these type of cases.”
Naperville will be one of nine departments in the region and one of 300 from the country in the program.
One budget item the council decided not to approve is a $15,000 grant for a new tree preservation program, providing money to residents to preserve trees on private property.
“I think it’s a noble cause, trust me I’d like to preserve more trees,” said Councilman Grant Wehrli. “But I think it’s a very slippery slope and we’re using tax dollars to incentivize behavior on private property.”
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