Posted Online: Oct. 10, 2012, 7:03 pm

Rapids City tax levy increase passes board

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By Sarah Ford, correspondent@qconline.com

RAPIDS CITY -- The village board on Tuesday approved the 2013 tax levy that's 3 percent higher than this year's. The levy is expected to bring in $134,950 to the village, whereas last year's levy was $130,250.

Village clerk Emilie Price said a resident with a $100,000 home will see their tax bill increase by about $20 in 2013.

The board also learned the village is likely to receive $75,000 in Disaster Recovery Program grant funds through the state of Illinois. The money is to be used to help with comprehensive planning and feasibility studies for infrastructure improvements.

The funds are to help communities plan for future natural disasters such as the flooding Rapids City has endured.

MSA Professional Services representative Steve Haring was in attendance to ask whether trustees were comfortable with the scope of work for the grant. Trustees requested funding for a comprehensive plan for the Route 84 corridor and other economic development initiatives; evaluation of the sanitary sewer collection related to inflow and infiltration; a feasibility study on a wastewater treatment plant based on the data collected through sewer line inspections; and general transportation and housing needs for the community.

"You're pretty solid in your needs and wants," Mr. Haring told trustees, adding that once the funds are received, work must be completed in 18 months. MSA is helping with administration of the grant reward.

In other news, the board:

-- Learned that the Vote Early trolley will be at the Rapids City Village Hall on Monday, Oct. 29 from 9-10:30 a.m.

-- Set trick or treat hours for 5-7:30 p.m. Oct. 31, with a weenie roast at the Village Hall from 4-5 p.m.