Maryville Tax Levy Request Up 4.9 Percent

By Charles Feldman, Reporter

The village of Maryville passed a $510,400 tax levy ordinance for the May through April 2019-20 fiscal year at its board meeting on Wednesday, December 4.

It will defray the expenses and requirements of the village of Maryville for corporate purposes, according to the language of the ordinance. This is an increase of $110,930 over last year.

“We are just over what we levied last year,” said Mayor Craig Short. “We’ve asked for a 4.9 percent increase in our levy. If the EAV supports it, then our tax rate could be flat and it could go down.

“Based upon history,” he added, “it’s going to go up two cents.”

“We are anticipating a 2.07-cent increase which was the estimated increase for our residential tax bill,” Short said, “thirteen dollars and twenty cents for the year.”

He said that based upon a $50,000 home, a resident would have to pay approximately $10.35 more in taxes to the village next year. “It’s going to be a between ten- and twenty-dollar per year increase for most people,” he said.

Only preliminary data on next year’s EAV is currently available – the assessed value of a taxpayer’s property by the Madison County Assessor’s Office multiplied by the State Equalization Factor set by the Illinois Internal Revenue Service. This will not be known for certain until March or April.

“The county sets the EAV and the state sets the multiplier,” Short explained. “That’s usually per capita.”We don’t specifically tax before the county figures are out.”.

“It’s a guess as far as our rate is, but our levy is what we’ve requested and then they figure out what the rate is to get us there,” he said. “From the state we get what we get.”

It also approved a tax levy abatement for 2019 for principal and interest payments for Series 2009A general obligation bonds.

“There is enough money in the regular tax levy out of the general fund to pay that,” said Mayor Craig Short.

The village also gave a municipal corporate real estate tax abatement for 2019 for property located in the village belonging to the Natural Gas Pipeline Company of America.

In other developments, Sandy Coad was appointed to the Parks and Recreation Committee with a term to expire on April 30, 2022.

Building and Zoning Administrator Kevin Flaugher reported that 18 building permits were issued at a total cost of $4,396.82 and a valuation of $1,351,900 during the month of November.

As fire chief, he reported that his department made 95 responses that month, including 70 EMS calls, 12 alarms, five structure fires and two motor vehicle crashes.

Police Chief Rob Carpenter reported that during the month of November his department responded to 470 calls for service – up from 410 that month last year, issued 127 citations and filed 11 accident reports.

In other action the board approved:

• The volunteer firefighter call pay list for December 2018 through November 2019. The rate per point that firefighters earn has been raised 10 cents to $2.45.

• A water service and pre-annexation agreement for property at 3051 Keebler Road in Collinsville.

The next village board meeting will be held on Wednesday, December 18 at Village Hall. The public is welcome to attend.

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