Mayor presents State of the City at Exchange Club

By Doug Wilson Herald-Whig
Posted: Feb. 17, 2017 11:17 am Updated: Feb. 17, 2017 11:59 am
QUINCY — Mayor Kyle Moore told members of the Exchange Club on Friday that the city is “shining
brighter than ever before.”
Moore, 36, became mayor in 2013 and listed several improvements in city finances during his fourth
annual state of the city speech.
He said the general fund budget for fiscal 2014 when he took office had $31.8 million of planned
expenses while projecting only $30 million in revenue. He said reserves were forecast to go from $3
million at the beginning of that fiscal year to $1.2 million by the end.
In contrast, he said this year’s budget has $33.15 million in expenses and $33.2 million in revenue,
creating a $49,000 surplus.
“Our reserves are now at $5.7 million, which is 62 days worth of operating expenses,” Moore said.
Part of those savings is attributed to reforms in the city’s health insurance program. City workers now
go to an employee clinic operated under contract by Quincy Medical Group.
“Their efforts not only saved us from a $650,000 increase in our premiums for 2015, but realized a
$400,000 reduction in our health insurance costs last year,” Moore said.
Workers’ compensation costs have declined as claims have fallen. Claims in 2012 were $630,000, then
rose to $720,000 in 2013 and to $1.1 million in 2014. Claims in 2015 dropped to $445,000 and then fell
again in 2016 to $152,000.
“The result for taxpayers — today our workers’ compensation premiums are projected to be less
expensive than it was in 2014,” Moore said.
The mayor also touted a pair of spending programs as important investments in the city’s longterm
financial health.
Moore said that he announced plans in 2014 to boost infrastructure spending. The city council adopted
a fiveyear
comprehensive infrastructure plan and has updated it each year. Moore said the city spent
$6.6 million on capital projects — mostly street, sewer and sidewalk projects — from 2012 to 2014, while
the investment in capital projects has been $13 million from 2015 to 2017. Among the recent
investments was the city’s first new water pump station in more than 50 years.
Moore said the city’s $4.2 million buyin
for space in the new Adams County Jail, with construction
starting this year, is a wise investment “which provides the city significant savings from building a new
facility on our own.” He said having Quincy Police Department offices next to those of the Adams
County Sheriff’s Department also will help the law enforcement agencies work together.
In addition, Moore said “the council partnered with Chief (Rob) Copley to move more sworn officers
from behind a desk and onto the streets.”
Last year, Moore and Copley unveiled the Quincy Turn Around Partnership designed to identify people
in the community who are likely to commit violent crime and give them a chance to reform and improve
their lives or face tougher penalties if they’re caught committing a crime. The antiviolence
initiative is
modeled after Peoria’s Don’t Shoot initiative, which brings possible troublemakers in for facetoface
meetings and engagement with service agencies.
Quincy Fire Department changes also were highlighted. Moore said an automatic mutual aid agreement
with the TriTownship
Fire Department went into effect last year. Under the new system, Quincy fire
crews join TriTownship
firefighters in response to building fires confirmed in certain areas. The goal is
to have TriTownship
to help out at certain sites in the city and QFD crews to help out at sites that are
outside city limits, but closer to city fire stations than to TriTownship’s
station on 54th Street.
Fire Chief Joe Henning also is expected to report within a few months on efforts to find the best
locations for fire stations and a sustainable model for department staffing.
Moore reminded Exchange Club members of his early support for what is now known as Quincy
Promise. The privately funded program lets graduating Quincy high school students stay in town and enroll in classes or technical training for high demand local jobs.
The program is a joint effort among John Wood Community College, the Great River Economic
Development Foundation, the Community Foundation Serving Western Illinois and Northeast Missouri,
and local public and private high schools. Businesses that have supported the program include
Knapheide Manufacturing, Phibro Animal Health, Titan International, Blessing Hospital and Quincy
Medical Group.
Moore also listed business expansions and new construction projects occurring in Quincy. He linked
many of those expansions to the 2016 renewal of the QuincyAdams
County Enterprise
Zone incentive program.