O'Fallon Progress

Shiloh approves $7 million budget

Village of Shiloh Administrator John Marquart
Village of Shiloh Administrator John Marquart

Shiloh will be completing a space and needs study on its existing police station.

From these studies, the village board will use those findings as to determine if it will build a new police station and city hall, according to Village Administrator John Marquart.

The studies, along with several other projects, were included in the village’s recently approved $7 million budget.

The new budget took into effect May 1, and will run through April 30, 2017.

Marquart said Shiloh police are starting to experience some growing pains at its current police station located at 3498 Lebanon Ave.

And, the police department is continuing to grow.

Shiloh Police are also looking at purchasing two additional squad cars, and hire an additional police officer during the current fiscal year, Marquart said.

The police department now has 14 full-time police officers who serve an estimated 14,000 residents.

The village is currently leasing office space for its police station from Norm Wilke.

Marquart said the village board plans to use the space the analysis to determine whether or not its should pursue building a new police station or remain status quo.

The study is expected to cost about $6-$10,000 to complete.

It will also look at the current village hall, which is in need of additional office and conference space, according to Marquart.

“We will have some decisions to make down the road,” he said. “We will see how this study unfolds.”

The space and needs analysis study is expected to be completed in the next two months or so.

In the meantime, Shiloh plans to update its comprehensive plan. Shiloh uses its comprehensive plan when determining its short and long-term goals.

Shiloh has budgeted an additional $375,000 to its street department.

The street department is planning to implement a pave management program, where all of the village streets will be analyzed and rated, Marquart said.

As a part of the city plans to make some curb and guttering improvements. The village also plans to construct new sidewalks at various locations throughout the village, according to Marquart.

The new budget also includes $591,000 being allocated to the village’s general administration fund; and $391,000 for the engineering department. The public work department is being budgeted $1.1 million.

The police department is being budgeted almost $2.3 million, making the police department the largest single line item in the budget.

Sales tax is expected to be Shiloh’s largest revenue maker. This year, the village anticipates it will receive $1.9 million in sales tax, according to Marquart.

“Quite frankly, that is a very conservative number,” he said.

Shiloh’s primary sale tax generator is Dierberg’s, located at Green Mount Crossing.

Shiloh also collects a 5 percent hotel-sales tax, which generates the village about $96,000 in additional revenue, according to Marquart.

“The village uses its hotel-motel tax revenue to fund tourism and marketing projects,” he said.

Marquart said the village is expected to receive about $1.3 million from the state income tax during the current fiscal year.

But Shiloh officials expect to receive additional state income tax money in 2017 revenue after its special partial census is completed.

Marquart said the partial census will start in early summer.

“We anticipate we will receive an $153 per resident in state income tax and motor fuel tax money from the partial census,” he said.

The last census completed in 2010, put Shiloh’s population at about 12,600 residents.

But village officials project the population is now closer to 14,000.

“If we are lucky, we may be able to see some of the new revenue may be in next February or March,” Marquart said.

Under the latest partial special census, Shiloh plans to count all of the residents who live at Ceaderhurst of Shiloh, and pretty much all of the village’s developments south and southeast of Wingate subdivision. including Eagle’s Landing and Hunter’s Crossing subdivisions. Indian Springs subdivision will also be recounted during the the special census.

“We figured if we get 700 and 800 new people, that will break us even with the cost of the special census,” Marquart said.