Mayor Ramirez: Costs and Consequences Posted in: Opinions After months of research and many public meetings, May 18 was the date the Elgin City Council was supposed to vote to request Certificates of Obligation (borrow money) to accomplish the list of projects we felt our community needed to help prepare ourselves for the tremendous growth we will be seeing in the immediate future. There were water/wastewater and general government projects, many of them in our city’s five-year plan for improvements and some unexpected ones identified by staff and council that were needed as well (steps to winterize our water treatment plant so that downed power lines would not keep ...PLEASE LOG IN FOR PREMIUM CONTENT. Our website requires visitors to log in to view the best local news. Not yet a subscriber? Subscribe today!