The Community Investment Program (CIP) is our plan for capital expenditures/projects over the upcoming five years. We have defined capital expenditures/projects, in general, as the purchase or construction of long-lived, high-cost, tangible assets. For our purposes, “long-lived” implies a useful life in excess of one year. “High-cost” means that the project amounts to at least $25,000. “Tangible” assets exclude contractual services except those that are necessary for putting a tangible asset into service.
A project’s inclusion in the CIP does not, in and of itself, commit the Village to funding and accomplishing it. As stated above, the CIP identifies our capital needs. Available funds, taxing capacity, and debt capacity may require that some projects ultimately be deferred beyond the years in which they are initially programmed for accomplishment in the CIP. Even so, the CIP will have served its purpose as a planning tool. However, projects programmed for the first year of the CIP take on special importance because they must be addressed in the next year’s Village operating budget.