Council members carefully pored over the spending plans for the city’s utility services, Naper Settlement and the Naperville Public Library, which combined, make up nearly 40% of the city’s operating budget.
One issue raising concerns was the city’s proposed water budget, which is set to rise 5% from last year, totaling nearly $60 million thanks to the higher cost of water and purchased services.
But City of Naperville Water Department Director, Jim Holzapfel says the increase is part of a bigger five-year plan.
“We still think we’ll be in good shape, we have a little bit of cash left even though we loaned some to electric. And then in fiscal year 2017, electric is to pay us back and that should carry us through,” said Holzapfel.
Other takeaways from the workshop include a 2.5% increase in Naper Settlement’s proposed budget and a $16.4 million ask from the Library, which would include upgrades and renovations at their Nichols location.
The total proposed budget of roughly $445 million will go through a public hearing before final adoption at the next City Council meeting on April 8.
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