2010-08-07 / News

Fire levy will be on ballot

By Scott Rawdon

HEBRON – Union Township Trustees unanimously agreed to place a 1.8 mill replacement fire levy on the November ballot. The existing levy goes off at the end of 2011. “This will be our first attempt,” said Trustee President John Slater during Monday night’s meeting. “We want to make this a one time thing,” he said.

Township fiscal officer Amanda Griffith said the township’s current evaluation is $150,831,500. If voters approve the 1.8 mill levy in November it will generate $317,350 annually.

A replacement levy will increase taxes, as it returns the current collected or effective millage to the original millage approved by voters. Property tax levies raise set amounts of revenue. As property values increase and/or more properties are built, the tax rate needed to raise the set amount of revenue declines.

This tax year the 1.8 mill levy is being collected at 1.717947 mills on residential and agricultural property. If voters agree to replace it, the collected rate would increase .08 mills to the original 1.8 mill rate. That would cost property owners living in their own home an additional $2.45 per year per $100,000 of valuation.

Union Township also has 1.5 mill fire/EMS levy that voters agreed to replace two years ago. That replacement increased levy income by $26,000 per year across the entire unincorporated portion of the township.

In other township news:

• Slater said the township’s ready to advertise for bids for this year’s repaving projects. He said he wants to be sure the asphalt will not be tracked onto concrete driveways during or after the paving process. Slater said he’d work with the winnng bidder to be sure there’s no tracking of asphalt or seepage into ditches. Roads slated for resurfacing are: Grande Pointe, Balbriggan, some roads in the Bending Oaks and Old Farm subdivisions, Keller Road, Sandstone Court, Clark Road, and Morrison Street.

• Slater said that trash pick up is “smooth sailing” since the township awarded a three year contract to Big O as the exclusive residential trash hauler. He believes everyone who wanted a trash container now has one. Slater said those who experienced a delay in receiving containers weren’t angry as much as they just wanted to know why they didn’t receive one, but that issue is resolved. The main issue to address now are residents who are having their trash collected but haven’t officially signed up for the service.

• Trustees set a hearing for 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 16, to discuss language changes to the township’s sign ordinance. No significant changes are being made to the rules themselves.

• Trustees set a special meeting for 7 p.m. on Monday, August 30, at the township hall to open road repair bids and conduct regular business. Trustees will not meet for their regularly scheduled meeting on Labor Day.

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