CALUMET CITY | The City Council last week gave its recommendation to a pair of property tax breaks being renewed by Cook County government.
Both Knudsen Construction, 1440 Huntington Dr., and Calumet Foods, Inc., 664 River Oaks Dr., have had Class 8 tax breaks for the past decade. Those breaks reduce by slightly more than half the amount of property taxes those businesses pay annually.
But those tax breaks are scheduled to expire in 2014, and both companies want renewals, claiming they need the reduction for their businesses to remain viable.
The Cook County Board has final say over whether the tax breaks are renewed. But county officials will not renew them unless municipal officials first pass resolutions that recommend the tax break.
The City Council took such action at their meeting Monday by a 5-1 vote. Third Ward Alderman Thaddeus Jones was the lone opposition, although his negative vote was due to a pair of unrelated ordinances that were lumped into the single vote.
Aldermen also gave their support to a measure approving the purchase of 21 gift cards from MB Financial. Those cards will be used as prizes for the city’s Holiday Decorating Contest.
The 21 cards cover a first prize of $100, a second prize of $50 and a third prize of $25 from each of the seven wards. Total expense for the cards will be $1,225.
In other business, the City Council also approved a measure that supported a donation of eight plots of land on 154th and 155th Place to the Calumet Memorial Park District.
Aldermen also approved without opposition a $157,290.92 payment to J&J Newell Concrete for sidewalk and concrete repairs done around Calumet City throughout 2013.
They also approved the purchase of six cameras to be installed in Police Department squad cars from OEM Micro Solutions for $36,186, along with a $25,000 payment for the annual physical test for firefighters that is required in the collective bargaining agreement.