Elburn village notes

By on November 20, 2009

Public hearing on proposed tax levy
ELBURN—The Village Board will discuss its proposed 2009 property tax levy during a public hearing at 6:45 p.m. Monday, Dec. 7.

The village has proposed a levy of $742,317. That amount is 18.12 percent higher than the total 2008 Elburn property taxes.

The village sets its annual levy requests on the high side. Because of the state’s tax cap, if the village did not propose a levy high enough to capture all new construction, the growth would not be added to the tax rolls.

The final levy will be based on actual new growth and total equalized assessed valuation. Last year’s EAV growth was 7.62 percent, and village officials said it likely will be lower for 2009.

Following the hearing, the board will forward the levy request to Kane County. Village officials expect that the final amount approved by the county will be about $654,000, representing a 4 percent increase from 2008 in total village property taxes.

With that amount, individual property owner’s village taxes likely will be a few dollars less than last year, village officials said.

Village removes some diseased trees

ELBURN—The Elburn Public Works Department recently removed some of the small to medium sized diseased parkway trees under the village’s annual tree removal and replacement program, including several on the south side of town. Additional trees will be removed this spring as the village budget allows.

Village officials said the savings realized by having public works employees remove some of the trees will allow an additional four trees to be planted.

The village also has a 50-50 program that allows for the removal of trees more immediately than the village plans, if the property owner desires.

Most of the diseased trees are maple and ash, which have been infected by the emerald ash borer. This year, 24 trees are targeted for removal and 20 trees for planting. Many of the new trees will replace those that the village removed in the past. Replacement trees will include linden, locust, various maples and others.