Avoca village to get cap on taxes

Andrew Poole

The Avoca village board should see a draft of a local law allowing them to override the state’s property tax cap at its January meeting.

Mayor Mike Robbins asked village attorney Karl Anderson to draft the law in time for the next meeting, scheduled for Jan. 12. Robbins wasn’t sure whether the village would need approve the law and override the cap.

While many costs are still unclear, village officials have been informed that their retirement costs will increase 4.4 percent for the next budget year.

The maximum amount of the levy the village could raise and still stay within the cap would be $5,340, according to village clerk Leann Wightman.

At its November meeting, the Avoca town board didn’t pass the override law, as its budget maintained the levy from the previous fiscal year.?The village is required to hold a public hearing on the local law before it is passed.

In other business, the board:

Heard Robbins say he’s considering whether to run for mayor again in 2012. Robbins was first elected in 2008, and served as a trustee before elected mayor.

Heard that the Avoca fire department filed a grant for new turnout gear and that the funds haven’t been awarded yet. The department also purchased a thermal imaging camera and an ATV for use during brush fires.

Discussed changing the village’s water policy to a local law.

Raised the water debt service rate $2, from $36 quarterly to $38. The debt service rate was last changed in June 2007. The new rate will go into effect in March.

Approved the village to apply for a credit card with a $1,000 limit.