GLENWOOD | Tax bills will be slightly lower than expected in Glenwood after the Village Board approved an ordinance to abate the current tax levy.
Village President Kerry Durkin said the move will cut $516,919 from the $3.7 million levy approved in December.
"It's a good thing to reduce taxes," Trustee Paul Styles said.
Glenwood has raised the tax levy each of the last two years, including a 4.99 percent increase for the current fiscal year.
Durkin said the Hickory Glen Park expansion project was the main reason for the increase at the time. The project was expected to exceed its budget but it did not. In June, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources awarded the village a $400,000 grant to use toward the park, which the village was required to match.
Durkin said the remaining $611,063.37 of the bonds sold to renovate the park will be used to finish it.
The board also approved an amendment to its law enforcement ordinance, reducing the number of officers by two. The department has had two vacancies for the last year, Durkin said, and will no longer look to fill them.
A sewer and water ordinance was also amended. Reconnect fees for water shut offs will now be called "delinquent fees" and will be raised from $75 to $100. An option will also be offered to reconnect water service after-hours at a cost of $200.
Trustees heard a proposal from Heritage Technology Solutions to replace 19 desktop computers owned by the village at a cost of $26,200.43. The computers are running on the Windows XP operating system, which Microsoft will not support after April.
The cost includes new computers, licensing, software, connection to the village network and installation.
The board also approved the purchase of a new lawn mower for Glenwoodie golf course for $64,862.21.