December 10, 2015
In This Issue
Upcoming Events
Holiday Light Recycling
2016 Budget Adopted
State Legislature Releases Revenues
Commuter Parking Permits on Sale
LPHS Board Vacancy

 Community Coupons  
 Upcoming Events

December 12: Roselle Park District Brunch With Santa at Clauss Recreation Center, 555 W. Bryn Mawr Ave., catered by Brunch Café. Two seatings are available at 9:00 a.m. and at 10:30 a.m. Cost is $13 for residents, $15 for non-residents, and $5 for children 3 and under. Registration is required.

December 18: Deadline for Toys for Tots donations. New, unwrapped toys are being accepted in the special donation bins at Village Hall, the Roselle Police Station, and the Roselle Fire Station.

Holiday Light Recycling Program

Roselle residents can recycle broken and tangled strands of non-working holiday lights through a program sponsored by the Village of Roselle.  
Bring unusable indoor, outdoor, LED, or specialty holiday lights to the holiday light recycling drop boxes located at Village Hall, 31 S. Prospect St., and at Clauss Recreation Center, 555 W. Bryn Mawr Ave.

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Village Board Adopts 2016 Budget 
With financial sustainability as a defined strategic priority of the Village Board, the 2016 budget that was adopted on December 7 ensures adequate funding for municipal services, is balanced, and provides for an increase in infrastructure investment in Roselle.

The Village's general fund, which pays for day-to-day expenses, is projected to have a slight surplus in 2016. In accordance with its fiscal policy, the Village Board passed a budget forecasting three months of reserve funds in its general fund. The Village has used its reserves to cover costs during the recession, and more recently, to weather the recent budget impasse in Springfield that saw nearly $500,000 due to the Village held up through the lack of a state budget. Having a surplus and a three-month reserve in the general fund puts the Village in a favorable financial situation that is in line with the strategic priority of financial sustainability.
The 2016 budget includes an initiative to issue limited tax bonds in the amount of $2.25 million to fund the Village's Annual Street Improvement Program for the next two years. For the past few years, the Street Improvement Program was reduced in scope due to a decline in funding through the local utility tax and increased costs associated with road construction. The bond sale will allow the Village to spend approximately $1.1 million in both 2016 and 2017 to resurface all streets throughout the community that have been identified as being in poor condition. Federal funding has also been secured for the resurfacing of Maple Ave. from Roselle Rd. to Irving Park Rd. and Central Ave. from Rodenburg Rd. to Roselle Rd.

For 2016, the Village's Finance Planning Committee addressed the fiscal sustainability goal in part through recommended increases to several fees identified in a recently conducted comprehensive fee/charges study. The 2016 budget also includes increases in fees for commuter parking permits, vehicle stickers, contractor licenses, business licenses, engineering reviews, the eating establishment tax, and annexation processing. These increases follow several cost cutting and service consolidation initiatives in recent years.

For additional information about the 2016 budget, including the budget hearing packet, the tax levy packet, and the proposed 2016 budget document, please visit the Village of Roselle website. 
State Legislature Releases Revenues to Municipalities  
Springfield Governor Rauner signed legislation on December 7 that releases some of the local taxes that are due to municipalities. Without a budget for 2015, the state withheld forwarding appropriated tax revenues to local communities.

Previously owed motor fuel, local use, and video gaming taxes, which totals close to $500,000 in Roselle, will be paid out to the municipalities under the new legislation, and future taxes owed to the communities will be fulfilled.

No permanent agreement has been reached in Springfield on the state's budget, so other financial uncertainties for municipalities remain. Proposals to reduce municipalities' share of the Local Government Distributive Fund taxes or other municipal revenues are still being discussed in Springfield, and may further impact the Village's financial situation.  
Roselle Metra Station Commuter Parking Permits Now on Sale 
Commuter lot parking permits for 2016 are now available for purchase at Village Hall by cash or check during normal business hours, or by credit card online.
Permit parking is available at the North and South Permit Lots at the Roselle Metra Station and in the center two aisles of the Maple Avenue Lot. The sale of permits for the Maple Avenue lot is limited to Roselle residents only.

Parking lot permit rates have increased for 2016. Visit the Village of Roselle Permit Parking page for details, including the new rates and how to purchase commuter parking permits. 
The Roselle Metra Station is a stop on the Milwaukee District/West Line, with service to and from Union Station in downtown Chicago.
Lake Park High School Board of Education Announces Vacancy  
lake park The Lake Park Board of Education is saddened to announce the passing of Board Member Doug Denson who served the district since April 2013. Due to this sudden and unexpected loss for the school community, the Board has declared a vacancy and announced they are seeking applications to fill the vacancy.
The appointment of a new Board member must occur within 45 days, and this individual will serve until the next election in April 2017 when the seat will be up for election.
The qualifications include:
  • Must be a registered voter.
  • Must be 18 years of age by the date of the appointment.
  • Must be a resident of the state and district for at least one year preceding the appointment.
  • Must complete a Statement of Economic Interest Form and file it with the DuPage County Clerk.
Interested candidates should obtain and complete an application. Applications will be accepted through Monday, January 4, 2016, at 4:00 p.m. and should be addressed to:
Ms. Barb Layer, Board of Education President
Lake Park High School District 108
590 South Medinah Road
Roselle, IL  60172
Attention: Board Vacancy

Call the Lake Park High School 108 District Offices at (630) 529-4500 for more details.
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