Normal approves 2013-2014 budget with surplus

By Audrey Williams

March 4, 2013 Updated Mar 4, 2013 at 11:20 PM CDT

NORMAL, Ill. -- The Town of Normal has approved a $91 million fiscal year 2013-2014 budget.

Monday night, the council unanimously approved the budget that has a projected surplus. Town officials project all the funds will maintain a positive balance throughout the fiscal year.

Normal Mayor Chris Koos calls it a 'hold-the-line' budget, while the town focuses on infrastructure improvements and building fund reserves.

"We're coming out of a recessionary period, so we're still playing it fairly conservative. We have, however, realized the need to increase some infrastructure projects, some road projects, especially, get caught up on our street resurfacing projects, working on some water main improvements in the community, things like that," said Mayor Koos.

The council, night, also approved a $200 per machine per year fee for video gaming machines within the city.

The Council will look into possibly putting some of that income toward gambling addiction issues within the community.

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