Special Meeting of the MWRD’s Committee on the Budget & Employment
November 5, 2020
On October 13, the Executive Director presented his 2021 budget recommendation. At today’s meeting, the Committee voted to accept some slight increases to that recommendation, which still result in a small overall decrease from 2020 of 2.1% currently. The proposed 2021 tax levy may increase by 1.1%. However, all numbers could still change before final approval of the budget, scheduled for December 17.
Proposed budget as it currently stands (incorporating changes approved on Nov. 5);
At this meeting, all major department areas of the MWRD presented highlights of their accomplishments in 2020, along with key initiatives for 2021, all of which are reflected in the Executive Recommendation, as amended at this meeting. These areas include:
Stormwater Management Fund --
Procurement & Materials Management – moved up and fully implemented electronic bidding and signature process as a result of needs due to COVID-19
General Administration – Planned space\use study halted due to COVID; no provision to do this in 2021 budget. In Diversity section, President Steele said she wanted to add a position. Plan is to conduct an affirmative action disparity study for purposes of evaluating MWRD’s Affirmative Action Policy. With regard to Public Affairs, Comm. Du Buclet asked how the MWRD can be more visible to the public. Comm. Garcia wants translator to appear at more events.
Board of Commissioners (includes Treasurer and Legislative Section) – Comm. Shore would like to put excess funding released from TIF districts toward Retirement Fund, as was done last year. Told would be done. Currently expecting $19 M.
Retirement Fund – at 56% funding and holding steady
Additional Comments at end from Comm. Davis:
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