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Chillicothe Times-Bulletin - Chillicothe, IL
  • City holding Truth-in-Taxation hearing for annual tax levy

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  • The Chillicothe City Council kept its business short at the Nov. 12 meeting.
    The city is preparing for its annual tax levy, which is the amount city officials ask Peoria County for in property taxes.
    As in the last couple years, the city is holding a Truth-in-Taxation hearing due to a requested 6.25 percent increase. Taxing bodies that request 5 percent or more are required by law to hold the hearing.
    Judicial Committee Chairman Chris Boyer said the increase is needed to keep up with Peoria County’s increasing equalized assessed valuation, as it has been increasing in the last few years.
    City officials are requesting $530,153 in the tax levy, although they do not always receive the exact amount requested.
    In other items, the council:
    • Heard Alderman Mel Witte, who is the liasion for the Shademaker Beautification Board, say the volunteer group did change how they decorate for Christmas downtown as there are now knockout roses in the planters. Last year they placed Christmas trees in every other one and had Santas or snowmen in the others. This year they each have the characters.
    • Approved paying $800 to Engbrecht Concrete for the construction of a concerte pad for the boat ramp leading to the new  dock. City Engineer Ken Coulter said that come spring, more concrete work will be done for the sidewalk area.
    • Approved reimbursing Plaza Park Group $9,000 according to its redevelopment agreement with the city.
    • Approved paying  $3,000 to Printographi Printing at 935 N. Second St. for a Project Facelift Program application. The program assists building owners in sprucing up their façades by granting them money depending on the size and type of business. The balance remaining in the program is $26,000. Applications are available at City Hall.
    • Approved paying the bills for road improvements made this summer. The council paid Advanced Asphalt $47,234 for the Mattnews Street project and $10,070 for the alley milling and surfacing. Water drainage was a problem on Matthews Street, but officials reported it is now draining properly. Additionally, the council paid the company almost $60,000 for the 2012 overlay project and almost $25,000 for the patching project. Complete Asphalt Service Co. also received $28,733 for the 2012 crack sealing project.

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