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Elburn trustees approve tax levy

Published: Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

ELBURN – A public hearing for Elburn’s property tax levy didn’t draw any comments from residents Monday night, and trustees unanimously approved the levy for the village, as well as two special service areas.

Also, village trustees approved an underground easement for AT&T, something Village Administrator Erin Willrett called “some unexpected hurdles” that had been holding up construction of the project to extend Anderson Road. The project ultimately will lead to a bridge to provide a crossing over the train tracks in town.

Doug Elder, the village’s finance director, said the overall levy request isn’t likely to result in a significant increase for residents, but those in the special service areas will see an increase.

In special service area No. 1 – an area that includes the northern part of town – Elder said residents can expect to pay $23 more than last year. And in special service area No. 2 – which includes the Blackberry Creek area – Elder said residents can expect to pay $27 more than last year. He said that for years, the village had been levying at a flat rate for the areas, but said the increases will “correctly reflect” the expenses for required maintenance.

Overall, the village will ask for $824,000, but Elder said officials expect to receive about $700,000. Elder said the equalized assessed value figure has continued to go down, and that will affect how much the village can collect.

Village President Dave Anderson said residents ultimately pay about $8 a week in taxes for the village’s services.

Later, trustees gave approval for a permanent underground easement for fiber cable. Trustee Ethan Hastert recused himself from the discussion and the vote.

Willrett said the Kane County Department of Transportation, developer ShoDeen and AT&T had planned to establish an underground route for an existing fiber cable. But she said the route “did not work out the way we thought it would.” She said the board’s approval would give AT&T the easement it needed and “as soon as they do get it signed, construction will commence.”

Trustee Jeff Walter asked what the hurdles were. Willrett said it was the route through the cornfield.

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