The City of Elgin is committed to promoting transparency, accountability and communication to provide the community with opportunities to engage and be informed. The transparency page provides a centralized location for the most common types of public information. Placing these items in one place helps residents and other interested parties locate information faster than before. The information provided is updated regularly.
View and download a searchable PDF file for the current fiscal year budget. The City of Elgin's budget runs on a calendar year, from January 1 to December 31.
Awarded Bids & Requests for Proposals
Each publicly bid project results in a contract that is approved by city council. Awarded contracts are listed here by year, beginning in 2009.
A searchable version of the city of Elgin's code can be found by clicking the link above.
Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR)
View the CAFR, issued each year by the City of Elgin. The CAFR provides the most in-depth look at the city's financial status. Financial statements, an independent auditor's report as well as useful statistical information such as the largest employers can be found within the CAFR. The CAFR is a technical document that is required by law, but for those without a financial or accounting background, it can be difficult to understand. The city's adopted budget is a more accessible document that strives to convey financial and policy information in an easier to understand way.
Council-Manager Form of Government
View frequently asked questions about the form of government utilized by the city of Elgin.
Dangerous or Vicious Dogs Listing
View the current listing of dogs designated as dangerous or vicious, along with their address and breed.
View disbursement reports. Any payment or release of funds is documented through the disbursement report. This report is generated regularly and approved by city council during its regular city council meeting.
Elected and Administrative Officials
Elgin Fire Department Annual Report (2011-present)
View the Elgin Fire Department's annual report with total call volumes, significant accomplishments and response statistics from the preceding year. The Fire Department also has a Elgin Fire Department Strategic Plan (2015-2020).
Elgin Police Department Monthly and Annual Crime Statistics (2008-present)
View the Elgin Police Department's year-end crime statistics for Part I Crimes. This page also contains links to monthly crime statistics and logs of each call for service during the preceding month.
Employee/Department Contact Information
The same way that individuals get credit scores, municipalities get bond ratings. Bond ratings provide investors objective information about the relative risk of the security - in this case bonds - for sale. The higher the bond rating, the less risk associated with the investment. The city of Elgin's bonds are rated AAA and AA+ respectively from the rating agencies listed below.
The city has utilized the professional services of lobbyists for several years to ensure the city’s interests remain at the forefront of policy discussions at the state and federal level. The city’s lobbyists are responsible for monitoring and providing feedback to the city’s state and federal legislators on various bills and administrative rule making. The lobbyists also assist the city in speeding and obtaining regulatory approval for state and federal permits that are required for various city initiatives. View most recent lobbyist contracts.
Ordinances and Resolutions
In addition to bids and formal requests for proposals the city council will consider other items and make decisions that are formalized through a resolution or ordinance. All resolutions and ordinances approved by the city council by year and meeting date can be found.
View the City of Elgin's organizational chart, which depicts the structure of city departments.
Public Meeting Information
- Committee of the Whole & City Council Meeting Schedule
- Committee of the Whole, City Council and Board and Commission Minutes
- City Council Released Executive Session Minutes
- Committee of the Whole & City Council Historical Vote Listing (2010 - Present)
- Committee of the Whole & City Council Meeting Videos (2011 - Present)
- Boards and Commissions (openings, applications and meeting schedules)
Public Safety Pension Actuarial Reports
Each year the city retains an actuarial service to evaluate its public safety pensions. These reports review each pension fund's position using accepted actuarial principles and procedures. These reports are helpful to get a better sense of the pension obligations owed to past and current fire fighters and police officers. View the Public Safety Pension Actuarial Reports.
Strategic Plan, Quarterly Reports and Annual Reports
The city produces quarterly reports reviewing the progress of the current budget year (both expenditures and revenues), department initiatives and performance measures. Each report is structured by the city's strategic plan and its eight strategic priorities. The annual report is a stand-alone compilation of content from quarterly reports that offers an overview of the past year and the significant accomplishments as well as year-end performance measure data. All reports mentioned can be found here.
TIF (Tax Increment Finance) Districts
The city currently has three TIF districts: Central Area, Bluff City and U.S. Route 20. TIF districts represent the most powerful economic development tool available to municipalities under Illinois law. TIF districts seek to increase property values by encouraging development within the designated area. When redevelopment occurs in a TIF district, additional revenue is generated, enabling additional projects to be undertaken. TIF districts generate revenue by allowing the city to capture the new tax revenues produced by the increased assessed valuation of properties resulting from redevelopment efforts. View TIF District Map
View TIF District Reports:
Treasurer Reports provide an annual Statement of Municipal Treasury and Statement of Revenues and Disbursements.