Kane County towns, fire districts seek tax increases Tuesday

  • Sleepy Hollow is seeking a roughly 82 percent increase in the village's property tax rate to collect an additional $428,571 yearly from the more than 3,300 residents.

      Sleepy Hollow is seeking a roughly 82 percent increase in the village's property tax rate to collect an additional $428,571 yearly from the more than 3,300 residents. Rick West | Staff Photographer

  • Developer Troy Mertz is building a fiber-optics network for his development, The Conservancy, in Gilberts. The village of Gilberts wants to piggyback on that to provide fiber optics to every single home and business in the village. Voters will decide Tuesday whether to grant the $5 million bond investment request.

      Developer Troy Mertz is building a fiber-optics network for his development, The Conservancy, in Gilberts. The village of Gilberts wants to piggyback on that to provide fiber optics to every single home and business in the village. Voters will decide Tuesday whether to grant the $5 million bond investment request. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • The front of Fox River and Countryside Fire/Rescue District's fire station at 40W361 Route 64 in Campton Hills. The district is seeking a tax increase Tuesday to attract and pay staff, improve response times with additional stations and upgrade equipment.

      The front of Fox River and Countryside Fire/Rescue District's fire station at 40W361 Route 64 in Campton Hills. The district is seeking a tax increase Tuesday to attract and pay staff, improve response times with additional stations and upgrade equipment. James Fuller | Staff Photographer

  • The Burlington Fire Protection District is seeking approval to levy a new tax to raise $594,000 for tort liability purposes.

    The Burlington Fire Protection District is seeking approval to levy a new tax to raise $594,000 for tort liability purposes. courtesy of Lori Holt

 
 
Updated 4/4/2015 7:27 PM

Voters in two Kane County towns and two fire districts will weigh in Tuesday on referendum questions seeking funding for a variety of governmental services, including road repairs, fiber optic cables, legal expenses, and hiring firefighters.

In Sleepy Hollow, officials are seeking a roughly 82 percent increase in the village's property tax rate to collect an additional $428,571 yearly from the more than 3,300 residents.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

That's nearly double what residents pay now. If approved, the owner of a $200,000 home would pay roughly $316 more in property taxes in 2016.

Officials plan to use the extra revenue to replenish the village's five-year capital fund -- expected to be depleted by 2018 -- and for road improvements. A similar request failed last November by a 3 to 1 margin.

Officials say the money is needed to meet long-term expenses, such as buying squad cars, radios and other police department equipment; dump trucks, snowplows, salt spreaders, back hoes or mowers for public works; for village hall maintenance, upgrading heating and cooling, and computer and phone systems; and road repairs, street and park improvements.

Over the next four years, officials anticipate the cost for replacing trucks at $200,000, police vehicles at $107,000, and long needed flood control projects at $75,000. The village also cannot afford to repave its 22 miles of streets with state motor fuel tax revenues alone, which in 2014 was roughly $77,000, officials said.

The 2015 village operating budget includes $1.4 million in expenditures. The village has roughly $2.1 million in reserves, of which roughly $970,000 is earmarked for water and sewer upgrades.

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Gilberts fiber optics

The village seeks to borrow $5 million to build a fiber optics cable network accessible to every home and business in the village. If approved, the tax increase would amount to about 1.8 percent on most tax bills, or about $150 yearly for a $250,000 home. As new homes are built over time and added to the tax rolls, everyone's tax share would decrease.

Fox River & Countryside Fire/Rescue District

District trustees are seeking a tax increase to attract and pay better quality staff, improve response times with an additional station and upgrade equipment.

It is the first time since the district -- covering Kane and DuPage counties -- broke off a longtime service contract with St. Charles in 2011 and hired a private provider that it is seeking a voter-approved tax increase. Under the proposal, the owner of a $100,000 home will pay the district $48 more through the annual property tax bill. That increase won't hit all at once, but instead, each year for the next five years the bill will increase between $8 and $12.

Burlington Community Fire Protection District

The district, which serves Kane and DeKalb counties, is seeking approval to levy a new tax at 0.145 percent of the equalized assessed value of taxable property for tort liability purposes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

If approved, the district will collect $701,614 under the new rate -- an increase from $593,959.

The owner of a $200,000 home would pay roughly $96 more in property taxes in 2016.

• Daily Herald staff writers Elena Ferrarin and James Fuller contributed to this story.

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