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Highland Approves Amended Budget and Tax Levy

By Stephanie Malench

The Highland City Council met on December 20 and tied up several loose ends for the calendar year.

The first ordinance passed was an amendment to the 2021-2022 budget. The budget went up $15,000 to cover social security for the upcoming year.

The council was then able to pass the tax levy in the amount of $4,182,131.

Resolutions were passed authorizing the city to apply for the 2022 Surface Transportation Block Grant Program in the amount of $312,000. The city will be responsible for $78,000 to restore Veterans Honor Parkway from Broadway to Michael Rd.

Authorization was also passed to apply for the 2022 Rebuild Downtowns and Main Streets Capital Grant in the amount of $2.6 million to finish the Broadway Streetscape project from IL 160 to Laurel St., including sidewalks, curbing, street lighting, signage, driveways, and trees.

The city will match $515,000.

In other business:

•Surplus weight equipment from the Korte Rec Center and cable boxes from Highland Communication Serives to be sold or recycled;

•Authorization for request for proposals for outdoor audio system for the Highland Square Band Shell;

•Contract with St. Rose Township for Ambulance Services;

•Authorization of an intergovernmental agreement between the city and the Madison County Sheriff’s Department for Police, FIre, and EMS Dispatch services, both 911 and non-emergency.

The next meeting will be January 4 at 7 pm at City Hall due to the New Year’s holiday.

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