Township Board approves annual tax levy

Board also approves ordinance pertaining to reimbursement of travel expenses

Township Office

Township Office

O’FALLON – The O’Fallon Township Board of Trustees approved the annual tax levy, which increased by $10,600 or 2.85 percent since last year.

The total amount levied is $382,700. The increases were listed on a breakdown as being for contractual services, commodities, and capital outlay.

The 2.85 percent increase is the smallest by the township over the past four years. In 2013, the township approved a 2.87 percent increase, followed by a 3.05 percent increase in 2014, and a 2.90 increase in 2015.

The township levy was approved unanimously by the trustees present. Kenny Joseph was excused from the meeting.

The trustees also looked at the proposed Road District tax levy for 2016. The trustees don’t vote to approve the road fund levy, but do look at it prior to its implementation.

The Road District levy increased by $14,000 from 2015, an increase of 2.20 percent. The total amount levied in 2016 is $650,310. This year’s increase is equal to last year’s increase, with the extra funds being used to pay for contractual services and commodities.

The trustees were pleased with Highway Commissioner Mark Downs’ limited levy increase.

“In light of the fact that our old Road Supervisor would raise the levy to its maximum of nearly five percent every year, I think this is great. It’s a big improvement from the old days when it would be five percent whether it was needed or not,” Trustee Gary Hursey said.

“I’m trying to keep it as minimum as possible, but to reduce it too much would be unwise,” Downs said.

In other business…

• The trustees approved an ordinance pertaining to the reimbursement of expenses, such as travel, meals, and lodging. Under the ordinance, in order for an expense to be reimbursed the board of trustees must hold a roll call vote. Additionally, Section VI prevents any employee or elected official from receiving any reimbursement for any entertainment expense.

“Exactly what everyone has been hearing about from other townships, we don’t do,” said Township Supervisor Gary Ahle.

• Township Clerk Dave Witter said he is preparing for petitions for the Consolidated Election to be turned in. Petitions from those wishing to run for township office were able to be turned in to the town clerk as of Monday, December 12. The last day to file will be Monday, December 19. As of press time, only three people were running for four trustee positions. Trustees Jeff Bevirt and Kenny Joseph will be leaving the board, while current District 90 Board of Education member Todd Roach plans to submit petitions to run for township trustee.

• The trustees approved the 2017 holiday schedule, which coincides with the county holiday schedule.

• The Township Annual Open House will be held on Friday, December 16, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. All O’Fallon Township residents are invited to attend.