Digital Access

Digital Access
Access mysuburbanlife.com from all your digital devices and receive breaking news and updates from around the area.

Print Edition

Print Edition
Subscribe now to the print edition of Suburban Life.

Text Alerts

Text Alerts
Get text messages on your mobile phone or PDA with news, weather and more from mySuburbanLife.com.

Email Newsletters

Email Newsletters
Our My Suburban Life Daily Update will send you all of the news you need to keep up with the pace of news in DuPage and Cook County.
Local News

Batavia aldermen vote 11-3 to avoid property tax increase

BATAVIA – The majority of Batavia aldermen Monday were in favor of further budget cuts so residents will not have to endure a property tax increase.

Batavia aldermen voted, 11-3, to have City Administrator Bill McGrath find another $150,000 to cut from the proposed $105 million 2016 city budget to avoid a property tax increase.

The aldermen voted on the motion after hearing from Batavia residents Sylvia Keppel and BEI Vice President Austin Dempsey during a public hearing for the proposed budget held during the regular Batavia City Council meeting.

“If you focus more on consumption tax and less on property tax, it’s a real win for the community,” Dempsey said to the aldermen.

The property tax increase might have resulted in a $6 tax increase for the year for the owner of a home valued at $300,000. 

Other proposed revenue increases for the budget include a 2 percent liquor tax, increasing the gasoline tax from 1 cent to 2 cents and utility rate increases.

The city is proposing a 6 percent utility rate increase for electric, a 3 percent increase for water and 6 percent increase for sewer, Batavia Finance Director Peggy Colby said.

The utility rate increases factored into 6th Ward Alderman Michael Russotto’s support to avoid a property tax increase.

The aldermen that voted against the additional $150,000 cut were Alan Wolff (2nd Ward), Susan Stark (4th Ward) and Lucy Thelin-Atac (5th Ward).

Wolff questioned why the motion for the $150,000 cut wasn’t made during the two previous budget meetings the aldermen had earlier this month.

“I think it’s the wrong move, I think we’ll regret it,” Wolfe said.

Loading more