City Council approves change to business district tax dates

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O’FALLON – The City Council approved an emergency ordinance changing the date certain taxes in the Route 50/Scott Troy Road business district would be collected.

The change was needed to satisfy the Illinois Department of Revenue, who was supposed to start collecting the taxes on January 1, 2016. However, in order for IDOR to collect the tax, they required the actual address of the businesses within the district, not just the parcel numbers. At the time the council passed the initial ordinance, actual addresses had not been assigned. As a result, IDOR needed an amended ordinance requesting the tax begin to be collected on January 1, 2017. IDOR needed to receive the ordinance by October 1, 2016, requiring the council to pass it on both first and second reading at Monday’s meeting.

The amended ordinance passed unanimously. Alderwoman Courtney Marsh was not present and excused.

In other business…

• Representatives from Waste Management were on hand to present Parks and Recreation Director Mary Jeanne Hutchison with a grant, totaling $2,100. The money comes through the “Think Green” program through Waste Management.

Dan Hannah, municipal manager with Waste Management, said O’Fallon sets a high standard for other cities to live up to.

“O’Fallon and Waste Management have had a goal from day one to increase participation in recycling. O’Fallon is one of the very best in the entire country. Our recycle bank program here has the highest participation rate in the whole nation,” said Hannah.

• The council approved an ordinance declaring certain vehicles and equipment as surplus property for sale and/or disposal. The items include a 1999 Ford Taurus, 2003 Ford Explorer, a 2007 mower, and various computer equipment and supplies.

• The meeting ended with Ward 5 Alderman Mike Bennett saying his goodbyes, as this was his last council meeting. Bennett is retiring from the council and moving to Collinsville after 21 years of elected service.

“What’s happened here in O’Fallon over the last 20 years is nothing short of amazing. I can’t imagine there are many cities in the country that can match the run we’ve had,” Bennett said. “It’s been a great pleasure to serve.”

The mayor is accpeting resumes for those interested in serving out the remainder of Bennett’s term of office. You must be a resident of Ward 5. Whoever is appointed would have to run in April 2017 to fill a two year term. The other Ward 5 seat is currently held by Courtney Marsh who has indicated she intends to run for re-election.