O’Fallon City Council passes FY 2016 tax levy

City Hall

City Hall

O’FALLON – The City Council approved the annual tax levy, which includes increases for both the library and fire department.

The majority of the money raised with the levy increase will be used to fund the city library and fire department. Of the $255,000 to be generated, 91.7 percent, or $181,591, will be directed towards the library to be used for general obligations and to pay for social security and IMRF for its employees. In the past, the city paid for the library employee’s social security and IMRF under the city’s levy. The money to be used by the fire department, which totals nearly $65,000, will be used for possible personnel changes and IMRF changes.

The new levy will mean a property tax increase for O’Fallon residents. A home valued at $150,000 will see an increase of around $22 per year, while a home valued at $200,000 will see an increase of just over $29 per year, and a home valued at $250,000 will experience an increase of around $37 per year.

Aldermen Herb Roach and Robert Kueker voted against the levy.

In other business…

• Following executive session, the Council approved the Mayor to enter into negotiations with Brad McMillan regarding the property to the east of the Outdoorsman on First Street in Downtown O’Fallon. The city had requested proposals for the property and McMillan was the only applicant. McMillan is offering $10,000 for the lot.

The city performed an assessment of the property and it was found to be valued at $18,000. Alderman Herb Roach attempted to place a stipulation on the Mayor that he was not to accept less than the assessed value for the property, but that motion was defeated.

• The Council approved a resolution authorizing the mayor to execute the professional services contract for the Millennia Survey of the Family Sports Park Destination O’Fallon project for $19,100. Additionally, they approved a resolution authorizing the mayor to execute a professional services contract with SWT for the purpose of performing schematic design services for the Downtown Plaza project worth $62,410.

• The Council also approved a resolution authorizing the mayor to execute a contract with the Fource Group for Economic Development Services in the amount of $70,950. Aldermen Robert Kueker and Ned Drolet voted against the resolution.

• Boy Scout Pack 35, Dens 9 and 10, led the Council in the pledge of allegiance at the beginning of the meeting.

• Alderman Chris Hursey was excused from the meeting