• The village has approved a tax levy ordinance with a 4.7 percent increase, which requires no truth in taxation hearing.
This fiscal year’s tax levy totals $1,911,287. Last year’s tax levy was $1,825,633, a difference of $85,654. Seven levy tax funds decreased, while five increased. The most drastic increase is found in the Fire Protection fund, $211,939 as compared to last year’s fund total of $140,030, while the IMRF fund decreased from $158,000 to $130,013.
Under the new levy, a building assessed at $100,000 would bring taxes of about $465, an increase from about $441 from the previous year.
Bethalto levied an amount less than 105 percent of the final aggregate levy extension from 2013, so no truth in taxation hearing is required.
• The village passed resolutions authorizing new rates to be paid to the city of Alton for waste water and treatment costs, as well as new rates to be charged by Bethalto to sub-jurisdictions Rosewood Heights, Meadowbrook, Wood River Township (Cottage Hills and Forest Homes) and Moro.
The monthly allocation paid by Bethalto to the city of Alton, effective since Sept. 1, 2014, is about $41,992, a monthly increase of about $3,128 (an increase of 8.05 percent). In 2013, the cost decreased 7.72 percent. Bethalto’s annual flow has increased 1.44 percent. The sub-jurisdictions have remained mostly unchanged, with Moro’s percentage dipping slightly and Rosewood Heights’ increasing just over 1 percent.
“Bethalto’s flow remains relatively constant,” Village Attorney Ken Balsters said. “This current year at 27.79 percent (of the total waste water contribution to the Alton Regional Waste Water Treatment Plant) is certainly not extraordinarily high when you look back on previous years.”
The interceptor sewer reserve and replacement account has a balance of about $255,560. That fund is in place should the need for major repairs to the interceptor arise.
• Public Works Director Jay Kilmer says the village is in good shape in terms of salt supply for the upcoming winter season, with 110 tons of salt on hand and another 300 tons in reserve as needed.