Issues: Government Efficiency
Efficiency in government is the result of balanced budgets, rational spending, and the elimination of waste and duplication. Streamlining government ensures that every dollar is spent where it is needed most. The Civic Federation leads numerous efforts to increase efficiency in government across Illinois. Read our responses, opinions, and analyses, along with additional commentary about efficiency in government here.
The Civic Federation offers conditional support for the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District’s (MWRD) FY2012 Tentative Budget of $1.0 billion. The Federation is concerned that the budget proposes the maximum increase to the property tax levy and does not comply with the District’s own fund balance policy. The proposed reforms to pension funding that have the support of the Retirement Fund Board and the Board of Commissioners are a strong step toward improving the financial health of the pension fund, which is only 56.5% funded. However, the passage of these reforms in Springfield will require strong advocacy by the Commissioners.
The Civic Federation supports the Chicago Park District FY2012 Budget of $407.5 million because it holds the property tax levy flat for the seventh year in a row and emphasizes cost containment and revenue diversification. The Federation supports the District’s development of a fund balance policy and its efforts to eliminate the structural deficit through a multi-year plan. While we support the budget, the Civic Federation has concerns about the declining health of the District’s pension fund.
Forest Preserve District of Cook County FY2012 Executive Budget Recommendation: Analysis and Recommendations
The Civic Federation supports the Forest Preserve District of Cook County FY2012 Executive Budget Recommendation totaling $195.0 million, which includes both operating and capital expenditures. We commend the District for holding its property tax levy flat during a period of continued financial hardship for many Cook County residents and for taking steps toward more effective personnel management starting with a comprehensive desk audit. The District has also shown prudence by maintaining substantial reserves.
The following opinion piece by Civic Federation President Laurence Msall was published by Crain's Chicago Business on...
On December 12, 2012, an ordinance to create an independent budget office was introduced to City Council. The ordinance...
On June 30, 2011 the Civic Federation released Recommendations for a Financially Sustainable City of Chicago. The...
In its recent analyses of the $5.7 billion FY2013 budget proposed by Chicago Public Schools and the $659.5 million...
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