WHEATON – The Wheaton City Council is considering a tax levy that would leave the city's portion of most residents' property tax bills the same or lower than last year.
The council must approve its 2013 tax levy by the final Tuesday in December. If current estimates remain, the city will ask for $100,000 less this year than last year's request of $18.95 million.
Wheaton Director of Finance Robert Lehnhardt said that, while each homeowner could see different totals because the city levy is a small part of the property taxes the majority of residents pay, most should not encounter any significant change to the city's portion of their bills.
Lehnhardt said that, for an average Wheaton home valued at $350,000, the city tax bill could drop about $6, from $1,154.30 in 2012.
The levy will be presented to the council for a first reading on Dec. 2 and the final adoption is likely to occur on Dec. 16, according to a memo from Lehnhardt to the city.