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Tiskilwa approves tax levy

Published: Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013 2:33 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013 2:35 p.m. CDT

TISKILWA — The Tiskilwa Village Board on Tuesday approved the tax levy ordinance of $70,930, a slight increase of $601 over last year’s tax extension.

Mayor Randy Philhower told board members the ordinance allows for increases in the worker’s compensation and garbage funds. He added the village’s EAV (equalized assessed valuation) has decreased for six years in a row, meaning the village can’t collect more taxes on certain funds where the rates can’t be raised.

Board members approved paying the Illinois Municipal League a $18,881.46 premium for the village’s insurance needs. The village was able to receive a discount for paying the entire premium in one payment.

Philhower also told board members the village won’t have to pay to install a valve when workers put in a water line to tap into the water main on Main Street by the Tiskilwa Library where a new building is currently being constructed. A smaller line will be installed, meaning there is no need for the valve, estimated to cost $3,500 to $4,000, which is designed to allow water to go to other businesses in town during construction.

A larger 2-inch line had first been proposed, but a decision has been made to put in a smaller 1.5-inch line, allowing workers to tap into the water main without the need for the valve, said Philhower.

Philhower told board members he is still pursuing grants to replace or repair bridges in town. The Arch Street bridge is the worst one in town, he said, although all bridges will need to be replaced eventually. Philhower added the village would be very fortunate to get funds to replace one bridge every five years.

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