BATAVIA – If you are a property owner, the city of Batavia has your number, and it is .74096. That’s the tax rate property owners will pay – about 74 cents per $100 of assessed valuation – on taxes payable next year.
The Batavia City Council approved the tax levy ordinance at its Dec. 18 meeting.
Aldermen approved a total property tax levy of $7.26 million, up $600,000 from last year.
For the owner of a home valued at $350,000, that will result in about $820 on the city portion of the property tax bill, or a $48 increase over the previous year, according to Batavia Finance Director Peggy Colby.
The equalized assessed value of property in the city is projected to have increased 2.6 percent over last year, to $980 million, Colby said.
The tax levy is one piece of the city’s $137 million budget for 2018, which includes other tax and rate increases.
Motorists filling up at the gasoline pump in Batavia will pay an additional 1 cent per gallon starting in 2018, bringing the city’s total gas tax to 4 cents per gallon.
Batavia water utility customers will see a rate hike of 3 percent, resulting in a projected $1-per-month increase for a typical family of four.
At the same time, sewer bills will rise 6 percent, producing an estimated $2.50-per-month jump for that same Batavia household.
Making Christmas merry
There will be gifts under the Christmas tree in the homes of Batavia families in need thanks to the Batavia ACCESS Toy Drive.
Roy Bailey, one of the toy drive organizers, told aldermen that the distribution was held Dec. 10.
Last-minute financial gifts, as well as a final push for toy donations collected at Batavia schools, helped put the toy drive over the top, Bailey said, ensuring that there were enough toys available for the 300 Batavia families that were served.
Bailey offered special thanks to the Batavia police and fire departments for their help in collecting donations and making sure the distribution ran smoothly.
Mayor Jeff Schielke, who was present during distribution at the former Walgreens space in the Batavia Plaza shopping center, said that the 300 families translates to well over 600 children.
“Some people may not believe we have such a need,” the mayor said.
Harassment policy approved
On a unanimous vote, aldermen approved a new policy prohibiting sexual harassment for city of Batavia employees.
The Illinois General Assembly recently enacted legislation requiring all units of government in the state to adopt a policy by no later than Jan. 15, 2018.
Batavia Human Resources Director Wendy Bednarek told aldermen that the city already had such a policy in place, but that the new policy goes further.
Elected officials are now covered by the policy, Bednarek said, and it provides protections for whistleblowers.
The policy defines sexual harassment, outlines procedures for reporting violations, prohibits retaliation for making a report and establishes disciplinary procedures for violations, including false reports.
The council approved the new policy without discussion.