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Utica residents to see tax savings next year

Utica trustees were informed Wednesday night that its lower 2017 tax levy will make the village's tax rate the lowest of any other municipality in La Salle County, according to village attorney Herb Klein.

Klein told the board its approved 2017 tax rate of 0.13721 — down from 0.16271 this year — on a net taxable assessed valuation of $41,690,698 would bring the village extension to an estimated $57,205, up from $54,483 in 2016.

He explained the new levy translates into a $57 per year payment to the village in 2017 for a Utica homeowner whose property's fair market value is $125,000.

"This year, with the 2016 rate, that property was taxed at about $68 to the village, so property owners will see a slight decrease (in the village's portion of their taxes) next year," Klein said.

Bulk trash removal
The board adopted an amendment to its contract with Republic Services, which eliminates the annual clean-up day for bulk items
"Without an increased cost, we can set up a regular schedule to pick up bulk items twice a month," said Jim Pozzi, Republic Services municipal services manager, during a Village Board Committee of the Whole meeting earlier in the month.
At that time, Pozzi said the new schedule can save time for his crews, save the company money, ensure better safety in the community and "be a huge benefit for residents." He also said Utica residents no longer will have to store unwanted items for months, waiting to dispose of them.
Trash customers now will be allowed to discard one bulk item every other week instead of waiting for the annual clean-up day.

In other business
The board:
  • Approved the $17,000 purchase of a lot for an expansion of a park being developed in the Senica Manor subdivision.
  • Authorized village President David Stewart to approve all purchases and repair costs in the maintenance department, not to exceed $2,000.
  • Agreed to move its regular meeting day in 2018 to the second Thursday of the month and the committee of the whole meeting to the fourth Thursday.
  • Voted to conduct its last meeting of the year at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 28.

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