By Stephanie Malench
The Collinsville Township Board met on December 14 and approved the 2022 Township and Road District tax levies. The board is asking Madison County for $154,804 less than last year, the “lowest in Township history” according to Supervisor Derrick Cox. The savings breaks down into $105,000 from the town funds and $49,804 from the Road and Bridge funds.
Cox said after meeting with Assessor Pete Poletti, Road and Bridge Commissioner Kathy Hoelscher, and accountant Jim Ferris, the township was able to reduce the tax levy even more than had been outlined in the November meeting. For comparison, Cox reported that the tax levy for Edwardsville Township is going up by $17,678 (information provided from Supervisor Kevin Hall), City of Collinsville $150,542 (information provided from City Manager Mitch Bair), and Village of Maryville an increase of $123,345 (information provided from Mayor Craig Short).
In other business, Cox reported that there were 15 different booths at the health fair held on December 2 and the Collinsville City Council was voting that evening to approve TIF funds to replace the air conditioner units on the senior center. The Township Christmas tree for Festival of Trees decorated by Trustee Clint Ball and his wife Kathryn won first place and raised several hundred dollars for Kahok Strong.
The Senior Center will be having Christmas dinner and Snow Ball on December 22.
The 2022 meeting schedule will remain the same with meetings the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the senior center. The next meeting will be January 11.