COAL VALLEY -- An unnamed retail developer has asked the village to extend its tax-increment-financing district from 23 to 35 years.
Meeting as the committee of the whole, village trustees on Wednesday noted the TIF district is in its sixth year. Trustees said they saw no reason to extend it because of its young age.
The village will continue to seek sealed bids for the TIF area from other developers.
Trustees also reported 50 residents have not scheduled appointments to have new water meters installed. Residents have been sent notices stating their water service will be terminated if an appointment is not scheduled.
Village administrator Alan Wilson said residents should be prepared to see higher bills. The new meters are extremely efficient, he said, with major differences reported at some homes.
Trustees also held a second and final reading of a proposed ordinance to raise property taxes by 2 percent. The new tax levy will be $305,183, an increase of $10,073 from the 2012 tax levy of $295,110.
The increase will add $2.37 per $100,000 of assessed property value, with the levy amounting to $120.73 per $100,000.
Mr. Wilson said a $13,000 increase in the village's obligations to the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund is a primary reason for the increase.
Trustees advanced the ordinance to the village board meeting for approval, with Mark Saelens voting against it. Mr. Saelens said he thinks the increase is not necessary.
"Not everyone is getting a 2 percent raise with their jobs," he said. "The county tax is going up. Coal Valley is going up. It's just the nickel and diming, and it's got to stop somewhere."
Today is Friday, May 24, the 144th day of 2013. There are 221 days left in the year. 1863 -- 150 years ago: A military escort will be at the square at 9 a.m. tomorrow forthe funeral of Lieut. Joseph Eaton. The county judge is absent in Chicago, which willaccount for his not being in the procession. 1888 -- 125 years ago: Rock Island's City Council last night appropriated $95,000 forexpenses for the 1888 and 1889 fiscal year. 1913 -- 100 years ago: Mrs. F.W. Reimers last night was re-elected president of the RockIsland Musical Club at a meeting in the New Harper Hotel. 1938 -- 75 years ago: Seven members of Boy Scout Troop 21 got their Eagle badges lastnight. They were Ralph Hurt, Robert Nelson, Howard Schersten, Cecil Nelson, RobertFryxell, Clarence Stone and Rollin Hurt. 1963 -- 50 years ago: Mayor Morris Muhleman has resorted to a form letter in an effort toanswer objections to the wheel tax increase. "It was my hope that I could, in some way,restore the faith of the citizens in our city. In order to do this I knew I must face the factthat I would become very unpopular."All they are trying to do is protect the citizensproperty and build their town. 1988 -- 25 years ago: RICCA, the Rock Island County Council on Addictions, inconjunction with the Quad City Downs, will hold its annual "Night at the Races" June 2.The benefit "Night at the Races" will raise funds locally to assist in maintaining the twohalfway houses, New Hope Lodge (for women) and Beacon House (for men).