Alderman Teresinski cautions us every year that we need to address DeKalb’s “structural” budget issues. Here’s one.

FY2009 ActualFY2010 ActualFY2011 EstimateFY2012 Budget
Total regular compensation13,702,00014,063,02213,625,02512,929,500
Total personnel expenses23,516,97424,538,65124,388,75024,322,868
All General Fund expenditures28,193,09128,629,57427,403,48829,357,321

Do you remember how many employees DeKalb got rid of last year? If memory serves, it was 34 full-timers, for a savings somewhere between $3-4 million. But from the budget figures, you can’t tell they’re gone. How scary is that?

Source: FY2012 draft budget, p. 30.

p.s. Because the city is currently negotiating with the unions, the FY2012 budget only includes pay adjustments for management employees.