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Wednesday, November 23, 2005

GOV, Broadview a financial mess [BV]

I like Broadview, but after reading Suburban Life (Debrah Bonn) Village President Henry Vicenik seems woefully out-of-touch, almost senile. Vicenik is talking about homerule when it's clear Broadview isn't taking care of basics.

If the Village of Broadview can't do the simple stuff, why should residents vote to give the incompetents more power?

Here are some quotes:
A 2003-2004 budget could not be located....

If Broadview can't even find its budget, it's probably safe to say it wasn't used as a management tool.
[Auditor] Zabinski said the village did not produce revenue projections for the year so it's unclear if the revenues exceeded or trailed expectations.

...unclear if the revenues exceeded or trailed expectations?
The water fund, which lost more than $233,000, was another area of concern for Zabinski.

"A deficit in the water fund is a concern because it should have reserves for capital repairs in the future," she said. "You should always try to run a positive there to cover your capital outlay, and this is the second year in a row they've had a deficit."

Trustee and finance committee chair Sam D'Anza pointed out that the audit doesn't include changes made to the water and garbage funds in 2005.

"Hopefully, these funds will be in better shape," he said.

Hopefully? Is this faith-based governing at the local level?
When asked by residents, he said home rule and its additional taxing power is "something that we have to consider."

The first step is to manage Broadview competently under the existing rules. Then if Broadview needs more power, then consider homerule.

Village staff isn't getting the job done and it doesn't sound like the elected officials are really competent either. Unless the article is misrepresenting the situation it's time for personnel changes in Broadview.

3 Comments:

  • I've come across this blog a few times. This is the first time I've seen anything about Broadview. It's a shame there have been no comments so far.

    There's good news and bad news in Broadview.

    Good news is Home Rule was defeated 77% - 23%.

    Bad news is our Board is now threatening to slash and burn our police and fire departments.

    Good news is we don't have to. There is more fat in the budget than in Oprah's little red waggon. We also have money left from the bonds they sold last summer and we have the option of increasing our revenue by referendum and sound development decisions.

    Bad news is our Village Board is still trying to maintain business as usual. Still no pay cuts or even freezes or increase in employee contributions to benefits for non-union employees (especially the department heads). Still largely disengaged from the process of creating the 2006 - 2007 budget. And still trying to conduct business (to the extent they do at all) behind closed doors in violation of the Illinois Open Meetings Act.

    Good news is more and more Broadview citizens are paying attention and getting involved.

    Here is another Suburban Life article about what's happening in Broadview:

    A matter of trust
    Broadview officials ask residents to have faith in them, home rule powers
    By Debrah Bonn, Staff writer Suburban Life Published: 1/29/06

    http://www.chicagosuburbannews.com/story.php?pub=1&sid=36151

    By Blogger IkeWasRight, at 2:02 PM, April 07, 2006  

  • Henry Vicenik is trying to cover his tracks so he won't end up in jail.
    He borrowed mony to make payroll then used the money to pay other bills..without any approval.
    It seems that Brodaview might need help, but why have such drastic cuts? He can accomplish the same thing by laying off only 3 or 4 officers and firefighters and correct the deficit more gradually. But he made the big cuts to save his own butt. He does not care about the safety or welfare of the residents.

    The residents of Broadview cannot afford inadequate police, fire and public works..and most of all they don't deserve inadequate services. The residents of the village work hard with each departmnet to make Broadview a nice place to live. Vicenik is destroying the village.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:36 PM, May 25, 2006  

  • As a former employee, that town was run into the ground.I put my faith and my life in that town. I sure took it in the rear. People should look at one former female village finance manager who contract was not renewed in 2004. How can you trust someone to run a village when she does not even have her own personal checking account. Then she has the balls to run for Mayor. People should look at her. We all know who I'm talking about! That town need a solid police and fire department. Now it well on its way to being another Maywood. We should just rename it Maywood Heights instead of Broadview. Get rid of some department head, Less Chief's more indian's. Anyone ever heard that term. Espically CHief Tierney He totally useless. I'm sure his 100,000 a year can bring back some people. Who know maybe I will get called back. I won't hold my breath. Good luck Broadview. I will miss serving the resident. I would have done anything for the resdient's. Espically Ed. A old guy that used to come by the fire house.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:19 PM, June 16, 2006  

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