After months of debate and tweaking, Oak Park village government's 2011 budget was approved Monday by trustees. Some fees are going up next year, but not so much that they'll break the bank.
The final budget for Oak Park Village Hall, unanimously approved by trustees on Monday, calls for $113.2 million in expenses, and about the same in revenues.
Oak Park is hiking what village residents pay for water by about 2.5 percent, or an added 16 cents per 1,000 gallons of water. The rate increase will raise an extra $290,000 for the village next year, as the village "passes through" water rate increases from the city of Chicago.
The village is also increasing by 2 percent what residents pay to have their garbage hauled. That will amount to roughly an extra $1 on each quarterly bill, and an extra $58,000 in village coffers.
Trustees agreed to hike the village's property tax levy by 2.5 percent, or $860,000, to fund increased contributions to the village's police and fire pension funds. The board also last week approved modest increases to parking rates. Quarterly parking permits will increase by an average of $9, and those who want to park in public garages for four to 10 hours will see that expense increase from $8 to $10. The maximum daily fee will jump from $10 to $15.
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