Park Board prepares tax levy ordinance
7 months, 1 week ago by Jamie Busen
The Quincy Park District plans to pass its tax levy ordinance during November's Board meeting.
During the regular Board meeting Wednesday night, Commissioners passed the truth in taxation resolution that states the Board's estimated levy will raise $2.28 million dollars, which is a 4.9 percent increase over last year. The amount is still subject to change as officials prepare the new fiscal year budget.
Of that money, the majority would go toward corporate administration costs - $737,500.
The estimated levy will increase the District's revenue by $106,808. The increase would only occur, the resolution states, in the event there is an increase in the EAV - not the proposed tax rate. If there's no increase in the EAV, the estimated increase would be a little under 2 percent. The District is preparing the budget based on no increase.
An owner of a $100,000 would see little change in the Park District portion of their tax bills, assuming mo increase in property values.
"We expect everything to be relatively flat," said Board President John Frankenhoff.
At the end of the meeting, Board Vice President Tom Behrens announced that after nearly a decade on the Board, he was resigning effective Wednesday night.
"It's time," Behrens said, praising the District employees and Commissioners for their work.
"He's certainly done a great job, he is well-respected in the community and his knowledge and such has been invaluable over the years in analyzing reports and giving a different perspective," Frankenhoff said of Behrens, who is a CPA.
Frankenhoff said they expect to appoint someone to be the seventh commissioner at next month's Board meeting, and another commissioner will be named vice president. The appointed person will have to decide in April if he or she wants to run for the seat to continue on.
Only two people have taken out petitions to run for Park Board thus far, Frankenhoff and Greg Feldberg.
In other business, Commissioners voted to approve spending $28,000 to renovate Leon Bailey Park's playground. At a recent open house, more than 60 people showed up to give their opinion on what they'd like to see done to the site. District officials plan to take those recommendations and come back to the public again with concrete plans for input.
Commissioners also approved goal and objective updates for the District, which are for 2013-2017. Those include developing plans for replacing the shelters in Moorman Park by 2015, establishing an annual tree replacement program for replacing trees lost in storms, and to develop plans for and seek grant dollars to support renovating Bob Bangert Park.