Originally Posted Online: Dec. 05, 2012, 10:29 pm
Last Updated: Dec. 05, 2012, 11:24 pm

Coal Valley trustees deny request for TIF extension

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By Sarah Hayden, shayden@qconline.com

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."