Source: Daily Herald
In his final days as village president of Glen Ellyn, Mark Pfefferman says he won’t be signing on to the village’s $48.1 million budget because he believes the village should have “higher standards.”
The 2013-14 spending plan begins May 1, and was approved Monday on a 4-1 vote of the village board. Trustee Pete Ladesic was the lone vote in opposition; Pfefferman was absent at the time of the vote, though the village president only votes in the case of a tie.
On Tuesday, he sent an email to village board members, Village Manager Mark Franz and Village Finance Director Kevin Wachtel to say he would not be signing the budget ordinance. It may be only a symbolic gesture as state law requires the ordinance be adopted by the board before the start of the new fiscal year on May 1.
“The continuous progress we have made in improving budgets for the last three years has reversed direction,” Pfefferman said in the email. “Errors, from levy amount to footnotes, were common. Our balanced budget and reserve policies, so clear last fall, have become too complicated for me to explain to interested customers without support materials