By Stephanie Malench
The Collinsville Township Board met on November 9 for its regular monthly meeting. The majority of the meeting was spent on presentations of the proposed 2022 tax levy to be voted on at the December meeting and approval of the Casualty and Property Insurance Program for the 2022 renewal.
According to the review by the township’s accountant Jim Ferris, the proposed tax levy for 2022 will be $1,216,750, down $26,250 or between 5 and 10% compared to taxes collected this year. The only line items that will be seeing increased tax levies are the audit fund in both the town and road and bridge budgets and the equipment/ building fund in the road and bridge budget.
The board will vote on the proposed levy at its December 14 meeting. All local taxing districts must file with county by December 28.
Kai Redmon of Redmon Insurance Agency in Collinsville then gave a presentation on the details of the casualty and property insurance program that renews December 1, 2021. This is the 12th year that Redmon has handled the township’s insurance.
The renewal rate is based on a three-year claim average slightly higher this year due to a liability claim from 2018 not fallen off in time for this year’s renewal and the COVID credit not being issued this year.
During reports from officers and committees, Supervisor Derrick Cox gave the Senior Center report, as Director Brandon Loyet is no longer with the township. Cox reported nearly 100 seniors attended the Halloween party on October 29 and the center won first place in the Collinsville fall festival chili cook off with Cook Cinda’s recipe.
Cinda wanted to remind everyone that the Thanksgiving Dinner at the senior center will be November 23 and encouraged board members to volunteer.
Trustee Ashley Stewart reported that LiHEAP applications have been extended for residents in need of all ages through February 2022.
Trustee Clint Ball said he will be going out in the field soon with Assessor Pete Poletti and Pam.
Clerk Jim Achenbach announced that the township would be decorating a live tree for the Festival of Trees at the Gateway Convention Center on December 8 benefitting Kahok Strong.
Under Supervisor’s Comments, Cox reported that the community meeting to vote on authorizing the board to purchase the parking lot next to the senior center will be held in December and the shuttle bus delivery has been delayed until spring.
The next meeting will be December 14 at 7 p.m. at the senior center.