Running Belleville in 2016: A look at the operating budget

So how is Belleville planning to spend its money during the upcoming fiscal year? How has it been spent in the past? This interactive graphic explores those questions.

Belleville’s City Council will meet at 7 p.m. Monday in City Hall, 101 S. Illinois St., to consider the proposed 2016 city budget.

The grand total is $142 million. It includes debt, insurance, pensions and tax increment financing funds as well as the money for the city’s daily operations.

Within the budget:

The city’s 18 tax increment financing districts are expected to account for $23.4 million in spending.

The city’s multi-year sewer plant project and debt on it account for $54.8 million.

The work to move the city’s police department to the former Bank of Belleville building on West Main Street by Richland Creek, plus that debt are $16.3 million.

The general fund is the money used to operate the city on a day-to-day basis. The proposal is to spend $28.1 million in the 2016 fiscal year, which begins May 1. The interactive graphic below explores the general fund spending and history for the city and the largest departments.