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MAYOR SOLIMAN REPORTS ON THE FINANCIAL HEALTH OF CREST HILL

At the April 18 City Council meeting, the City of Crest Hill received recognition for excellence in its governmental accounting and financial reporting practices. The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) awarded the City a Certificate of Achievement for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for the fiscal year that ended April 30, 2015. This award is the highest form of recognition in governmental accounting and financial reporting. Less than 12% of municipal governments in the State of Illinois achieved this honor in 2015.
 
With the new fiscal year opening May 1, the City Council unanimously passed a balanced budget for 2016/2017. The City’s general fund shows revenue of $9,489,004.00 and expenses of $9,422,004.00. The water/sewer fund shows revenue of $7,864,368.00 and expenses of $6,902,823.00. Both accounts confirm a surplus.
 
The overall budget has allowed for the hiring of two additional police officers for public safety and $3.7M in construction improvements. The improvements to the intersection of Gaylord Road and Division Street as well as the reconfiguration of Enterprise Boulevard will progress the safety and traffic flow along the Division Street Corridor. Additionally, the intersection of Weber Road and Caton Farm Road will see major improvements that will help spur economic development along the Weber Road Corridor.
 
This is the second year continuing to fund for new vehicles, computers and other technology that ensures City employees have the most up to date equipment to provide better services to residents. A feasibility study is also in progress to assess space needs for a new public works facility.
 
Always committed to its police officers, the City has a long range vision and plan for a fully funded police pension by 2038. This will be done by adding $150,000 to that fund each year for the next ten years, which is above the requested annual amount. State law requires police pension funds be 90% funded by 2040.
 
One item always at the forefront for Mayor Soliman is the continuation of the City’s property tax rebate check program to all of its residents and property owners.
 
The Crest Hill budget maintains a six month reserve and, more importantly, comes without any tax increases to its residents. The overall fund balance is strong and the City has a high quality AA3 bond rating.
 
“The City of Crest Hill has come a long way over the last eight years and we are proud to continue our tradition of providing quality services to our residents, visitors, and businesses,” states Mayor Soliman. “We are fiscally responsible and conservative in our budgeting practices and are proud to have received an award that reflects this.”

Crest Hill Recognizes Local Eagle Scouts

A highlight at the City Council meeting Monday night, Mayor Ray Soliman and the City Council recognized two Crest Hill residents who earned the honor of becoming Eagle Scouts. Anthony Bellos, 18, and Jerome Kolaski, 15, were both saluted by the Boys Scouts of America for their goal of earning its highest honor. Bellos earned this achievement through the creation of his Fossils of Illinois Display at the White Oak Library. Bellos has aspirations of becoming a paleontologist and working alongside those who have mentored and helped him with his fossil display.

Kolaski's achievement was earned for his brick paver installation and improvements to the entrance of St. Ambrose Church.  He raised a significant amount in the form of donations by selling bricks that would be engraved with the name of the donor then displayed at the site. 

Mayor Soliman and City Council members applauded each man's hard work and dedication to the Eagle Scout merit and expressed gratitude for their committment to the community. 

Congratulations to both Anthony and Jerome.

Anthnony Bellos                                              Jerome Kolaski

 

Crest Hill Receives Award for Financial Reporting

April 19, 2016–Crest Hill taxpayers can now have confidence in how their tax dollars are being managed. The City of Crest Hill is receiving recognition for excellence in its governmental accounting and financial reporting practices. The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) is awarding the city a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for the fiscal year that ended April 30, 2015.

 

This Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management. The award is presented to Finance Supervisor Ashli Motyka who along with the City’s elected officials and staff that are primarily responsible for preparing the award-winning CAFR and as such deserve the recognition. The GFOA insures that the CAFR has been judged by an impartial panel of peers and that it meets the high standards of the program including demonstrating a constructive "Spirit of Full Disclosure" clearly communicating the City’s financial story. The format and depth of detail are designed to motivate citizens to read the CAFR and better understand the resources being utilized in providing essential municipal services.

 

“Residents see all the improvements across the City and read about the awards and recognitions but they perhaps don’t connect that to the great financial management that makes the City’s success possible,” said Mayor Ray Soliman. “I have an appreciation for the standards of the GFOA and appreciate the dedication the finance staff put forth in the pursuit of transparent financial reporting.” For further award information, visit the City Web Site at www.cityofcresthill.com.  

 

“The finance staff endeavors to present the City’s financials in a constructive format that all citizens can understand and evaluate,” Treasurer Glen Conklin said. This 2015 Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting award is the first GFOA recognition received by the City of Crest Hill. The GFOA is a nonprofit professional association serving approximately 17,500 government finance professionals with offices in Chicago, Illinois and Washington, D.C. Details of recent recipients of the Certificate of Achievement and other information about Certificate Program results are available in the "Awards Program" section of the GFOA website, www.gfoa.org. For further information, contact John Harrington, GFOA Representative at (815) 828-3175.

From left to right: John Harrington, President of the South Suburban Chapter of GFOA; Ashli Motyka, Crest Hill Finance Supervisor; Mayor Ray Soliman;City Treasurer Glen Conklin. 

 

Residential Safety Tips

Staff from Working America will be in the Crest Hill Area

Working America is the community affiliate of the AFL-CIO National Trade Union, will be in the Crest Hill area.
Staff from Working America advised they will be in the Crest Hill area for the next 4 to 5 weeks.  They said they are not soliciting from the residents and are not required to have a solicitor permit. They state they are providing information about their organization and looking to increase their membership.

Staff members will have identification showing their affiliation with Working America.

Should you have any questions or concerns please contact the Crest Hill Police Department at 815-741-5111.
 

 

 

Please review these Residential Safety Tips 

If you see any suspicious activity in your neighborhood please contact the Police Department.  The Police Department can be reached at (815) 741-5115 with any questions during business hours.  As always, please call 9-1-1 with any emergencies.