Palos Park Commissioner G. Darryl Reed talks about the 2024-25 budget at the April 22 council meeting. (Photo by Jeff Vorva)

Palos Park Commissioner G. Darryl Reed talks about the 2024-25 budget at the April 22 council meeting. (Photo by Jeff Vorva)

Palos Park passes $16 million budget

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By Jeff Vorva

The Palos Park Village Council approved the 2024-25 budget, which totals a little more than $16.3 million at the April 22 village council meeting.

According to village documents, it represented an increase of a shade over $603,000 from last year.

The village is expecting $13.4 million in revenue and $1.86 million in an accumulated fund balance.

On the spending side, there will be a $2 million water transmission line to Bell Road, $1.5 million for an area-wide paving program, $300,000 for a water main lowering, $224,000 for new pickleball courts with fencing, $191,000 for an area-wide paving project and $116,000 for a new roof for Village Hall.

Finance Commissioner G. Darryl Reed said there was nothing out of the ordinary with this budget.

“There have been no major changes that we had to consider,” Reed said. “There are no major developments. We have been doing this and we have a tried-and-true formula. We’re putting in numbers that I won’t say are guaranteed, but expected.”

He said that the heads of various departments had submitted reasonable requests.

“They are aware of the problems that we face and other municipalities face during these hard times,” he said. “Everybody pitches in because you know you can’t get everything you want. But if you give in a little bit, maybe next time you can get a little bit more.

“So that’s the philosophy we have.”

Mayor Nicole Milovich-Walters thanked Finance Director Allen Altic for putting the budget together.

“He makes all of our wishes come true,” she said.

She also thanked the department heads for getting their numbers in line.

Public attaboys

Milovich-Walters is introducing a concept in which she wants to acknowledge residents in the village who have accomplishments worth noting.

“From the youngest residents to our adults and seniors, if you know anyone in the village of Palos Park who deserves a shoutout let us know,” she said.

“Maybe they won an award or accomplished something special or done something brave or have overcome a challenge, we will give them a shoutout at the meeting and we will post it on Facebook. We really feel like we want to build community and share each other’s successes.”

There is a form on the village’s website, palospark.org.

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