Mt. Vernon Register-News

November 30, 2013

Council talks tax levy

By TESA GLASS
tesa.glass@register-news.com

---- — MT. VERNON — The City Council will be presented with the tax levy for 2013-14.

The proposed property tax levy shows an increase of 4.96 percent.

“We had to raise the levy due to pension obligations,” said City Manager Ron Neibert. “The good thing is we will be using the levy to fully fund the pension obligations, unlike last year when we had to put general obligation funds into the pension funds to keep the pension levy under 5 percent. We don’t have to do that this year.”

No funds will be levied for the General Corporate Fund this year. Six items will be levied — Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund and Fica, Police Pension Fund, Firefighters Pension Fund, Emergency Management Agency, Parks and Recreation and Special Service Area 1.

“The levy for Special Service Area 1 only affects those in the district, not everyone in the city,” Neibert explained. “These are the same classes of levies we have always done in recent years. The city has the right to levy dozens of other items, but we are fortunate to use our Home Rule authority to keep the property tax levy down by utilizing the 1 percent sales tax, and other sales taxes.”

The proposed levy for the IMRF, FICA is $739,721; for the Police Pension Fund, $684,659; the Firefighter’s Pension Fund at $837,864; Emergency Management Agency, $8,468; and parks and Recreation at $180,373.

In other business the council will:

n Hear quote results for carpet at City Hall;

n Hear a capital projects report;

n Hear a presentation from Jeff Haarmann regarding the municipal residential electricity aggregation;

n Discuss a resolution approving the professional services proposal of Round Table Design relating the water main relocation at South 34th Street and Veterans Memorial Drive; and

n Re-appoint Chris Mendenal to the 911 Board.

The council will meet 7 p.m. Monday at the Rolland W. Lewis Community Building at Veterans Park.