The stopgap budget Illinois lawmakers passed Thursday is already making an impact in our area.
City leaders say they ‘re grateful for the budget agreement, but worry it’s not solving the long-term problem.
“You’re still going to get PD and fire and streets fixed,” the mayor said. “Matter of fact, we still have projects that we are doing, roads redone, waterlines (and) sewer lines replaced. So from a citizenry point-of-view I don’t think you see much change.”
East Moline Mayor John Thodos says it was business as usual for people in east Moline, on Friday. This just one day following the budget agreement Illinois lawmakers passed the day before.
“It’s just the goofy-ness that’s going on right now, needs to be addressed. And, they need to address the problems from something that’s practical versus ideological,” Mayor Thodos said.
The mayor says the stopgap budget is a temporary fix.
“It’s beneficial because then we can get back to where we should be,” the mayor said, “which is doing the thing with the money that we’re suppose it.”
The mayor says if a full-budget is not passed by the end of December they could raise water rates.
“If those issues aren’t being addressed you have to come right around and do another sewer increase, because the state’s not paying the money and the money allocated for the increase is not going to off-set the state,” Mayor Thodos said.
Meanwhile, Rock Island Mayor Dennis Pauley says this is also something they are used to dealing with.
“There’s always been issues,” Pauley said. “But we’ve never had the issues like we have this last year and a half without having a budget or never having a budget again. So, we have to really look close as we manage the city.”