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Sycamore City Council to hold public hearing, vote on tax levy

Homeowners will pay about the same as on their 2016 taxes

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A sign is photographed on Thursday, July 6, 2017 in Sycamore.
Matthew Apgar - A sign is photographed on Thursday, July 6, 2017 in Sycamore.

SYCAMORE – Sycamore homeowners are expected to pay the same in property taxes to the city and an additional $4.56 to the library each year if the proposed tax levies are approved Monday by the City Council.

The council will have a public hearing at 7 p.m. Monday in the council chambers of the Sycamore Center, 308 W. State St., about proposed tax levies for both the city and the public library.

The owner of a $200,000 home in Sycamore would pay $494.15 in the city’s 2017 tax levy, down 3 cents from 2016. The overall levy by the city would be $2,973,858, up $84,964 from 2016. That additional revenue would come from new construction over the past year. That same homeowner would pay $186.02 for the library taxing district if the council passes the proposed levy.

“The City Council is obliged to pass the library’s levy request, provided the annual library levy does not exceed [six-tenths of a percent] of the community’s [equalized assessed value],” according to city documents.

The council also will look at making changes to city staff responsibilities by opting not to fill two vacant positions. In the police department, the position of deputy chief will not be filled, and the rank will removed from the rolls.

“A current officer will be promoted to sergeant, which will ultimately result in a sergeant of investigations,” Monday’s agenda reads. “The promoted officer will be replaced by a new officer. With the changes, the number of positions are maintained and the cost savings allow for part-time help at the front desk.”

A similar situation will take place in the Public Works Department if the council votes to not fill the open assistant director position. Positions in the department also will be filled by promoting from within, according to the proposed ordinance. First and second readings are on the agenda, meaning the council could vote on the ordinance or move it to a later meeting to take action.

The council also will look at changing the parking status of Ellen Street.

The matter was brought up at the previous council meeting, but the council decided to wait to make sure residents who live on the street were informed of the problem. The new parking rules would make the west side of the street a no-parking zone from Exchange Street to the end of Ellen Street.

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