Charleston to vote on budget, tourism fund expenditures

Corryn Brock, Associate News Editor

The Charleston City Council will vote on approving the fiscal year 2019-2020 Budget as well as tourism fund expenditures during its Tuesday meeting at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall.

Library, playground and recreation, motor fuel tax, drug traffic prevention, tax increment financing (TIF), health self-insurance, water and sewer, and debt service funding is included in the budget.

The 2019/2020 Budget was placed on file for public inspection on March 19.

The council will also vote on spending $14,980 in tourism funds in seven different resolutions, amending the 2018/2019 Budget and approving the budget for the fiscal year 2019/2020 as well as 12 other action items.

If the resolutions are approved, the money going toward tourism events on Eastern’s campus will total $7,730.

Three of the resolutions authorizing the expenditure of tourism funds will be for events at Eastern, including $1,500 to the College of Liberal Arts and Humanities for “Celebration: A Festival of the Arts,” $2,230 to the Department of Kinesiology and Sports studies for IHSA Girls State Badminton Championships and $4,000 to the Eastern Athletic Department for the IHSA State Track Meets.

The money that would go toward tourism around the City of Charleston will total at $7,250 if all resolutions are approved.

The remaining four resolutions cover $1,000 for advertising for the Lincoln Log Cabin, $3,000 for expenses related to the annual bike race, the Tour De Charleston, $1,250 to CTF Illinois for the annual MuseFest and $2,000 to the Charleston Baseball Association for expenses related to American Legion Great Lakes Regional Tournament.

The council will also be voting on raising ambulance rates.

Full-time students will be charged at the same rates as residents of Charleston.

Residents using basic life support services will see an increase from $455 to $470, an increase from $710 to $735 for advanced life support and an increase from $855 to $880 for advanced life support II.

Non-residents using basic life support services will see an increase from $645 to $665, an increase from $1,015 to $1,050 for advanced life support and an increase from $1,2220 to $1,260 for advanced life support II.

Mileage for non-residents will be charged at $13.50 per loaded mile, a 50-cent increase.

A sewer and water rate increase will also be voted on after being on public inspection.

For water and sewer services within corporate limits for metered users, excluding Eastern, the price for 1,000 gallons of water or less (the minimum charge) will increase from $14.75 to $15.33 if the ordinance is approved.

Eastern would go from being charged at a rate of $14.19 to a charge of $14.75 per 1,000 gallons.

Users of the city’s water would be charged $13.94 per 1,000 gallons as opposed to $13.41.

The council will also be voting on the final plat for a subdivision called “Sister City Phase II,” the acquisition of real estate north of Lake Charleston, authorizing the City Manager to execute an agreement with Ameren and a draining easement.

Two street closures for June 1, one for the Tour De Charleston and one for the CTF Illinois Art Festival, will also be voted on.

Proclamations will be made by the Mayor naming the month of May National Mental Health and A.B.A.T.E. Motorcycle Awareness Month in 2019 as well as the week of May 5-11 as the 50th Anniversary of Municipal Clerks Week.

The mayor will also be appointing Lori Banks, Craig Cunningham and Bob Wiseman to three-year terms on the Carnegie Public Library Board of Trustees.

Corryn Brock can be reached at 581-2812 or at [email protected].