Carol Lampard, Finance Director
Lisette Carrera, Finance Assistant
Luz Letamendi, Water Services Administrator

The City of Northlake Finance Department is responsible for the day-to-day and strategic financial operations of the City. The City of Northlake operating budget for the calendar year 2019 totals $27 million. The primary responsibilities of the Finance Department break down into the following major categories:

1. Cash Receipts and Revenue Collection

The City of Northlake derives its operating funds from a variety of sources. Sales tax, water and sewer billing, property tax, utility tax, motor fuel tax, fines, licenses and other fees are collected in order to provide necessary funding for services such as police (law enforcement, traffic control, and crime prevention), public works (street repairs, hydrant replacement, street snow plowing and salting, leaf pickup, street sign and traffic signal maintenance), water and sewer services, and administrative services.

2. Preparation and Monitoring of City’s Budget

Each year the City of Northlake is required by law to prepare an annual budget outlining its projected sources of funds (revenue) and uses of funds (expenditures). The budget process usually begins in September and ends with the City Council approving the final budget at one of its two meetings in December. The City employs a “Zero-Based Budget” Approach which requires input from all departments. The City’s budget is a public document and available for inspection in conjunction with the Freedom of Information Act.

Following are the annual budgets for the City of Northlake.

2016 City of Northlake Budget

2017 City of Northlake Budget

2018 City of Northlake Budget

2019 City of Northlake Budget

2020 City of Northlake Budget

2021 City of Northlake Budget

3. Preparation of Tax Levy

Each year the City of Northlake is required by law to prepare an annual tax levy, which details the property taxes to be collected for the following year. The tax levy is a public document and available for inspection in conjunction with the Freedom of Information Act.

Following is the Ordinance for the property tax levy and assessment of 2017 taxes paid in 2018, as adopted by the City Council December 1, 2017.

Levy 2017 Collected in 2018

Following is the Ordinance for the property tax levy and assessment of 2018 taxes paid in 2019, as adopted by the City Council December 1, 2018.

Levy 2018 Collected in 2019

Following is the Ordinance for the property tax levy and assessment of 2019 taxes paid in 2020, as adopted by the City Council December 1, 2019.

Levy 2019 Collected in 2020

Following is the Ordinance for the property tax levy and assessment of 2020 taxes paid in 2021, as adopted by the City Council December 7, 2020.

Levy 2020 Collected in 2021

4. Payable and Accounts Receivable

Each year the City generates an enormous number of checks to pay for goods and services. The Finance Department is not only responsible for assuring the timely and accurate payment of all invoices, but must assure that the proper accounts have been charged and that all expenditures are made within the constraints of the City’s budget. Large expenditures (those in excess of $1,000) are presented for approval to the City’s Finance Committee and the City Council. The Finance Department is also responsible for seeing that money owed the City is collected in a timely manner.

Following are the City of Northlake’s expenditures for their respective years:

2020 Treasurer’s Report

5. Water Billing

The City of Northlake Water Billing Department is responsible for the monthly billing of water and sewer service to industrial and commercial customers, and the bi-monthly billing of its residential customers. The City is responsible for monitoring unusual water usage for its residents and makes every attempt to work with them.

6. Risk Management (Insurance)

The Finance Department is responsible for maintaining current and adequate liability, auto, boiler and machinery, and fraud insurance coverages for all of its equipment, buildings and employees. In addition, the City carriers and administers workers’ compensation insurance in the event of work related injury or illness. The City also provides health and dental insurance coverage to those employees who qualify.

7. Accounting, Auditing and Grant Compliance

The City keeps track of its financial activity through the use of “fund accounting”. At the present time the City has nine (9) funds which must be accounted for as independent entities as well as incorporated into a consolidated entity. The nine (9) funds are as follows:

General Fund
Utility Tax Fund
Motor Fuel Tax Fund
1998B Bond Fund
TIF I – 46th and North Avenue
TIF II – Wolf and North Avenue
TIF III – North Avenue and Railroad
TIF IV – North Avenue and Wolf Road
TIF IV – Acquisition Fund

The City employs an independent auditing firm to review, reconcile, and certify the financial results for the City to assure complete compliance with all federal, state, and local accounting standards, regulations, and laws. The City’s auditing firm is Sikich.

The City of Northlake recently received its 2019 Audit/Financial Statements. The auditors found the City’s financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2019 to be fairly presented in all material respects.  The City of Northlake’s  Audits can be found as follows:

2015 Financial Statements

2016 Financial Statements

2017 Financial Statements

2018 Financial Statements

2019 Financial Statements


8. Personnel, Payroll and Employee Benefits

The City periodically advertises for positions within its various departments. The Finance Department is responsible for seeing that all posting requirements are met and that each candidate is evaluated without regard to race, color, religion, age, marital status, etc. All employees are paid on a bi-weekly basis and receive, if eligible, a variety of benefits that include, but are not limited to health insurance, dental insurance, life insurance, and a tax deferred savings program. The City contributes towards the retirement benefits of each employee who qualifies. The Finance Department maintains personnel files for employees and periodically updates and revises the personnel policy as needed.

The City of Northlake is currently party to the following three labor contracts:

Police Collective Bargaining Agreement

11.3. Disciplinary Matters

SEIU Contract 2012 through 2015


Public Act 97-609 requires the City of Northlake to post information pertaining to benefits offered through the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund.  The Act requires the City to post the total compensation package for each employee having a total compensation package that exceeds $75,000 per year.  The Act defines “total compensation package” as payment by the employer to the employee for salary, health insurance, vehicle allowance, bonuses, vacation days granted, and sick days granted.




Public Act 97-609 2015

9. Data Processing

The Finance Department is responsible for the routine and emergency maintenance and repair of all data processing equipment in a timely and efficient manner.

10. Other City Programs

Among the many programs offered by the City of Northlake are the Utility Tax Relief Grant Programs, Senior Citizen Grass Cutting and Snow Plowing, and Cook County Pet Spay/Neuter Rebate. Please look for more information on these programs on this website under City Services, in the Northlake City News or contact City Hall at (708) 343 – 8700.