The Village Board has approved a 2 percent decrease in the tax levy for the village, although not everyone on the board was on board with the move.
Trustees Sarah Johnes, Eldon “Twirp” Williams and Karen McAtee voted yes on the drop, while Trustees Michael Stumpf, Mark Stewart and Joe Springman voted against the move. Mayor Mike McCormick broke the tie with a positive vote.
In a conversation reminiscent of past years, members of the Village Board made it known last month they do not see eye to eye on what should be done with the village’s tax levy rate.
Trustee Sarah Johnes reiterated her argument from last year that as the village is doing well, the taxpayers could benefit from a drop in the levy. Trustee Mike Stumpf also held his stance from past discussions that he believes the levy was dropped too low in past years and dropping it further could potentially hurt taxpayers in regards to the quality of living the village provides. Trustee Mark Stewart agreed with Stumpf that the money is better spent ensuring that projects such as road improvements and sewer work are not squeezed out.
A July 2015 treasurer’s report listed revenue received from the village to be $805,412. A 2009 report provided to AdVantage News by Johnes detailed that total as $411,678. McCormick says the village is solvent and doing well financially.