Fiscal Year 2018 - Annual Budget

The Complete FY2018 Budget is available is (pdf) format.

City of Carbondale
Financial Overview - Introduction

CITY OF CARBONDALE


In August 1852, Daniel Harmon Brush, John Asgill Conner, and Dr. William Richart bought 360 acres of land along the right-of-way for the Illinois Central Railroad with the intention of founding a new town. The inspiration for the town's name came from Brush's plans to develop coal-mining operations in the region. The first train through the town on the main line north from Cairo (Ill.) was on Independence Day, 1854.

By the end of the Civil War, Carbondale had become not only a regional center for business and transportation, but also an education center with the founding of Carbondale College, which became Southern Illinois College in 1869. Carbondale won the bid for the new teacher training school for the region, and Southern Illinois Normal University opened here in 1874. This gave the town a new industry, new citizens, and a model school to supplement the public schools. By 1947, the college had obtained full university status and the name was changed to Southern Illinois University.
 

Reader's Guide to Navigating Through the Budget
 

OVERVIEW
A government budget containing special terminology, forms, charts and organization can become a challenge to the user. The main objective of this document is to communicate this information to the reader in a clear and understandable manner. This guide has been included to help the reader understand the organization of this document and to help inform the reader where to look for certain types of information.

INTRODUCTION - Reader's Guide to the Budget Contents
The introduction section contains information about the City of Carbondale and the budget process. The City Manager's Budget Message gives an overview of the accomplishments during the current fiscal year and decisions made during the budget process that are included in the new fiscal year budget. The City Organizational Chart, Departmental Services Chart and Community Goals are all included in this section. The reader can read about the history of the City, view information on the location of the City, services offered and a community profile as well.

A government budget containing special terminology, forms, charts and organization can become a challenge to the user. The main objective of this document is to communicate this information to the reader in a clear and understandable manner. This guide has been included to help the reader understand the organization of this document and to help inform the reader where to look for certain types of information.

TABLE OF CONTENTS - Table of Contents
The table of contents located in the front of the book will help in finding a specific topic quickly.

BUDGET MESSAGE - Budget Message
The City Manager introduces the budget with the City Manager's Budget Message, History of Carbondale (Then and Now), City Services Page, Carbondale City Limits Map, Location Map and Website Address, Carbondale City Government City Officials Page, City Organization Chart, Departmental Services Chart, Carbondale Community Profile, FY 2017 Accomplishments and Vision 2020 - Council Goals and Action Plans.

BUDGET SUMMARIES -
Section One
Section Two
Section Three
Section Four
This section contains information on the Financial Structure and Policies, Budgetary Process and Procedures and Major Revenue Assumptions and Fund Balance Analysis which guides the budget preparers during the development of the budget. Also, included are both the revenue and expenditure summary statements for all funds and accompanying charts and information on the number of full-time employees by department.

GENERAL FUND - All General Fund Accounts
The General Fund is a major section of the budget document containing twenty-five divisions under eight departments. Services associated within the General Fund include general government, public safety, development services, public works and community service. Goals, objectives and strategies are included in each division=s budget along with performance measures, the number of full-time equivalent employees, organization charts and line item expenditure accounts.

SPECIAL REVENUE FUNDS - All Special Revenue Accounts
The Special Revenue Funds includes divisions where specific revenues for specific, legally restricted expenditures exist. Motor Fuel Tax allocations from the State of Illinois for street maintenance and repairs and traffic signals are included in this section, as well as the Tax Increment Fund.

Package Liquor and Food & Beverage Tax Fund is used to monitor monies generated by the City’s 4% Package Liquor Tax and the 2% Food and Beverage Tax. The Package Liquor Tax provides funding for the Capital Improvement Fund. The Food and Beverage Tax provides for the Capital Improvement Program and Public Safety Pension funding.

DEBT SERVICE FUND - All Debt Service Accounts
This section is devoted to account for the redemption of principal, interest and paying fees for General Obligation Bonds issued on behalf of the City.

COMMUNITY INVESTMENT FUNDS - All Community Investment Accounts
Community Investment Funds are used for the construction of major capital facilities, streets, sidewalks and storm sewers. Capital projects such as water and sewer lines are budgeted in the Waterworks and Sewerage Fund.

PROPRIETARY FUNDS - All Proprietary Accounts
The Proprietary Funds includes the Waterworks and Sewerage Fund, Parking System Operations Fund, Solid Waste Management Fund and the Rental Properties Fund. All of these are treated as self-supporting municipal activities that are similar to private businesses. Services are provided to the general public on a continuing basis and financed through charges for the services. Services include water treatment and distribution and wastewater collection and treatment, public parking lots, refuse collection and rental properties owned by the City. Goals, objectives and strategies are included in each division's budget along with performance measures, the number of full-time equivalent employees, organization charts and line item expenditures.

Internal Service Fund is for the City's Group Health Insurance for City employees and retirees.

COMPONENT UNIT - Public Library Account
The Carbondale Public Library is a component unit and included in this budget.

COMMUNITY INVESTMENT PROGRAM - All CIP Programs
The Five-Year Community Investments Program (CIP) provides the reader a consolidated picture of all the CIP projects that are funded by the various funds described above. The description, justification, expenditure year, funding source and the impacts the projects have on the City's operations is detailed for each CIP project.

SUPPLEMENTAL DATA - Miscellaneous Supplemental Files
This section gives the reader some important statistical information on such items as capital outlays, debt service, tax levies, demographic statistics and five-year historical financial data.

FIVE-YEAR BUDGET PROJECTIONS - All Funds Five Year Projections
This section provides the reader the longer-term outlook of the financial projections for all of the City's funds. The projections should only be used as a guide rather than a definite statement of financial trends and stability.

GLOSSARY OF TERMS - Glossary
The Glossary of Terms is included to help the reader with financial terms with which they may not be familiar with.

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