Proposition to increase the limiting rate of the Blackberry Township Road District

By on April 5, 2013

Blackberry TWP.—A referendum on the April 9 General Election ballot will ask Blackberry Township residents to vote on whether to increase the township road district’s limiting tax rate from 16.5 cents per $100 EAV (equalized assessed valuation) to 30.26 cents.

If the referendum passes, the impact of the tax levy increase on a homeowner of a $300,000 home would be an additional $140 in property taxes per year, or just under $12 a month.

Blackberry Township Highway Commissioner Rod Feece last month said the tax rate has been the same for 35 years, and at the current pace of overlaying one to one-and-a-half miles of road per year, the township has been “falling further and further behind.”

The township consists of 58 miles of road, 52 of which are blacktop, with six still in gravel. Feece said he hopes to increase the number of miles of blacktop maintained per year to five or six.

Although the township has been successful in obtaining multiple grants, the money had to be used for specific purposes, such as $210,000 to bridges and $40,000 to build a new barn. Feece said he does not plan to hire any additional people, nor will he use the money to purchase extra machinery.

“Everything extra will go to paving,” he said.

Approximately 75 percent of the village of Elburn is within the township, as well as a small portion of North Aurora.