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updated: 11/9/2010 6:00 PM

Dundee Twp. Library sets levy slightly higher

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Dundee Township Public Library will ask for slightly more money from taxpayers next year.

This year, Dundee Township Library District residents paid 13.1 cents per $1,000 of assessed value to help fund library services. That's based on a levy of $3.17 million levy.

The library board this week agreed to ask for slightly more than that $3.2 million, though it only expects to get about $2.6 million, a small increase over what was actually collected this year.

Though the board passed the larger levy, residents won't know what it means for their own tax bills until the assessor's office has its say.

"Taxes are a sore subject for a lot of people," said Roxane Bennett, director of the Dundee Township Public Library District. "I wish there were a way for them to go down, but we desperately depend on the property taxes to be able to continue to provide services."

Compared to area library districts, Dundee Township Library's taxes are low. The rate in the Gail Borden District of Elgin is almost 34 cents per $1,000, and the Algonquin Library's rate is 37 cents. But Hampshire's Ella Johnson Public Library District taxed at only 10 cents per $1,000 this year.