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Village board holds unusual meeting on tax levies

Published: Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

CHANNAHON – The Channahon Village Board held a public hearing this week under unusual circumstance. Municipalities are required to hold public hearings on tax levies when a levy is increased by more than 5 percent from the preceding year.

Channahon’s tax levy, which is scheduled to be voted on at the Dec. 16 meeting, will be 4.3 percent more, but the village made the decision to hold a public hearing anyway.

The levy under consideration is for the fiscal year that began May 1 and ends April 30.

Village President Joe Cook thanked the board for conducting the hearing, saying it’s one more way the village shows its residents transparency in its actions. The annual budget is always posted on Channahon’s website as well, he said.

“I want to thank the board for doing a public hearing when it’s not legally warranted,” Cook said. “They need to be commended.”

If approved at the next meeting, the tax levy will be $2.106 million, costing the owner of a home valued at $210,000 an additional $17.51 for the year in the village’s portion of property taxes.

In other village business, the board approved another year’s contract with PACE paratransit bus service, which picks up residents at their homes and transports them to Joliet for doctors’ visits and shopping by dial-a-ride services. Channahon’s share of the new contract is $820 after splitting the total fee with Channahon Township.

The board Monday also approved renewing an agreement with the Illinois Emergency Management Agency, allowing the agency to continue the use of village land for placement of radiological monitoring devices.

Trustees also heard a first-read on several matters, including approval of the new village employee handbook. If approved, one of the changes in the handbook will involve a section on concealed carry. The handbook would state that other than police officers, village employees may not possess or use any weapon on property owned, leased or controlled by the village.

Employees also would not be allowed to possess a weapon in any location where they represent the village for business purposes.

The council also gave a first reading to the following items:

• Whether Channahon should approve an ordinance to join the Joliet Arsenal Enterprise Zone, which was created in 2002 by Will County to foster development in and around the former Joliet Army Ammunition Plant, known as the Joliet Arsenal, which was decommissioned by the U.S. Army in 1993, according to the Will County government’s website.

• Whether Channahon should enter into an intergovernmental agreement with Will County regarding the Rock Island Clean Line’s 500-mile high voltage direct current electric transmission line.

The Rock Island Clean Line is a 500-mile overhead high voltage direct current transmission line that aims to deliver 3,500 megawatts from northwest Iowa and the surrounding region to communities in Illinois and other states to the east, according to the project’s website

• Several tax levy abatements.

Trustee Scott Slocum also reminded those present that the Channahon Economic Development Corporation’s website is up and running at www.channahonedc.com.

Trustee Scott McMillin was absent from the village board meeting, but present for the committee meeting and its executive session.

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