MT. VERNON — —
The city council will hold a second reading on its tax levy ordinance during its regular meeting tonight.
Under the levy expected to be adopted, $180,685 will be levied for the parks and recreation department; $8,470 for the Emergency Management Agency; $85,981 for Special Service Area 1, also known as the downtown district. The largest amounts levied are for pension funds, with the Firefighters Pension Fund being levied at $790,688; Police Pension Fund at $686,593.30; and Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund at $668,950.72. The levies will not cover the entire amount of the pension liability as required, so the city is taking $197,113 from general corporate to complete the pension obligations. Pension obligations are determined at the state level, not locally.
The total levy will be $2,421,368.30.
Also on the agenda tonight, the council will discuss putting residential and small business energy aggregation on the April ballot. The question will allow voters to decide if they wish to allow electric aggregation in the city. If the question were to pass, those who do not want to be part of the electric aggregation could opt out of the program and continue on the same service they currently have.
In other business, the council will:
- Discuss an ordinance rezoning property at 17697 E. Illinois Highway 15 from agriculture to R2, requested by John Dalton;
- Discuss a resolution granting a conditional sign permit for 8 Doctors Park Road, requested by Crossroads Hospital;
- Discuss a right-of-way agreement with U.S. Sonet LLC for a fiber optic line to supply Crossroads Hospital. According to City Manager Ron Neibert, the company will have to cross some of the city right-of-way to complete the installation of the lines;
- Discuss a resolution for a cooperative fishery management agreement with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources for Jaycee Lake. Neibert said the IDNR recently conducted a survey of the lake’s fish population and has agreed to stock the lake and improve the quality of the fish at the lake; and
- Discuss a resolution to approve a letter of understanding with the Illinois Department of Transportation for the re-aligning and widening of Perkins Avenue and South 10th Street.
The council will meet at 7 p.m. tonight at the Rolland W. Lewis Community Building at Veterans Park.