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Channahon set to vote on tax levy at Dec. 18 meeting

The Channahon Village Board this week gave direction to staff to prepare documents to levy its property tax dollars in an amount that would keep the 2017 tax rate the same as it was last year.

The official vote on the levy will be at the board’s Dec. 18 meeting.

Although the tax rate will remain the same, Finance Director Heather Wagonblott said if the valuation of a home rises, the actual amount a property owner pays in property taxes would go up.

Wagonblott said the owner of a house, valued at $250,000, likely would pay a few cents more annually next year for the village’s portion of their property tax bill than they did this year.

Trustee Scott Slocum pointed out to the several homeowners in the audience that the figure does not include the property taxes the residents will pay for schools, libraries, fire protection districts and other taxing bodies.

“We have no control over that,” Slocum said.

Several residents came to the Village Board meeting to complain about what they thought was going to be a significant increase in their taxes. Village President Missey Moorman Schumacher made a statement at the beginning of the meeting that she had been hearing rumors and seeing Facebook posts about a rise in taxes.

“That’s why I continually ask people to come to board meetings,” Schumacher said. “It’s frustrating when rumors run amok on Facebook and nobody comes to a meeting.”

One resident said he was concerned about the new warehouses at the east end of town getting tax breaks, but Schumacher said that was not true.

“They are not getting a property tax break,” she said.

Plus, she said, the public infrastructure going in to serve the logistics centers also will serve residents and businesses east of Interstate 55 and likely will attract new businesses that will pay taxes to the village.

If approved at the village’s next meeting, the village will be seeking $2.74 million for its 2017 property tax levy, which would be a 4.39 percent increase from last year’s extension. The tax rate would remain at 0.7472. Wagonblott said the village would gain an additional $102,000 with that rate.

Channahon this week also received news from auditor Miller Cooper and Company that results on the village’s finances were “clean.” A management letter was issued to the village with suggestions for improvements to strengthen internal controls, such as making sure staff credit cards did not exceed the limits allowed by village policy.

The village also is collecting gifts for a 3-year-old Channahon boy whose home was destroyed by a recent fire. Those who wish to donate may drop the gifts off at the Channahon Village Hall, 24555 S. Navajo Drive.