Palatine, Illinois

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Palatine is a city in Illinois.

Website evaluation

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Transparency grading process

The good

  • Agendas and minutes are posted.[1]
  • Contact information for elected officials is posted.[2]
  • Contact information for administrative officials is available.[3]
  • Local tax information is posted.[4]
  • Current bids and notices are posted.[5]
  • The current and previous budgets are posted.[6]
  • Audits are posted.[7]
  • The website lists lobbying organizations the city is affiliated with, but there is no mention of taxpayer funding support for those groups.[8]
  • Building permits and zoning codes are posted.[9]
  • Information on requesting public records is posted.[10]

The bad

  • No mention of amount of taxpayer dollars spent for lobbying.
  • Past bids are not available.

Salaries

The Palatine Village Manager is estimated to earn $355,514 per year.[11]

Public pensions

Palatine village council members and Mayor Jim Schwanz voted to remove themselves from the state’s municipal pension fund at the June 18, 2012 council meeting. It estimated that the action would save residents of Palatine more than $11,400 annually, and $5,700 for the remainder of 2012. Elected officials may participate in the state retirement fund if they perform at 1,000 hours or more per year, or roughly 20 hours per week.[12]

Beginning January 1, 2013, the village proposed to reduce full-time employees by two, increase part-time employees by one and maintain the same number of seasonal employees. The next budget includes a total of $7,368,150 to meet the obligations the village faces for all of its pension systems.[13]

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