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Naplate asks for more in tax levy

Also village eyes a Casey's gas station

The Naplate Village Board is asking for $500 more in the current fiscal year tax levy put on file for 30-day review.

That is a 4.9 percent increase over last year's levy. The State of Illinois Truth in Taxation Act requires a published notice and public hearing for any increase of 5 percent or more.

“Naplate's tax base is pretty low, probably one of the lowest in the county,” said village attorney Paul Martin. “An increase is necessary because there's not enough commercial or industrial revenue in the village.”

Every June, Naplate adopts an annual budget based on the village's fiscal year, April 1, 2018, through March 31, 2019. The total levied amount of $11,777 will be used for operations and services of various budget funds.

Gas station may be in Naplate's future

Lloyd Ludwig, public health and safety trustee, announced the village is working with North Central Illinois Council of Governments to possibly acquire a Casey's General Store gas station in the village. Ludwig said the daily car count through the village was a “pretty good number, so we'll see how this goes.”

Dumpster for leaves

Ludwig said a dumpster for the purpose of village leaves is located at City Hall for the next few weeks.

“Our residents cannot rake leaves into the street,” Ludwig said. “They end up in our storm sewers and that creates a lot of problems. So, please just don't do it. That's what the dumpster is for.”

Naplate Community Center Lotto

The village is holding a raffle with the purpose of generating funds to defray the cost of repairing the heating and air conditioning system in the community center building. A committee has been formed to determine ways to raise funds for the center.

“But in the meantime, we have to find a way to pay for this system,” Ludwig said. “In about three weeks, we'll need a heating system that works, so no matter what we do, we still need to get this repair done.”

Tickets are being sold for $10 each. A $1,000 winner for Pick 3 Evening Game will be chosen on Friday, Nov. 23. Only 200 tickets will be sold. For more information, call Ludwig at 815-343-4094.

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