SAUK VILLAGE | Officials approved an ordinance levying $2.26 million in taxes this year, a 1.7 percent increase over last year.
The bulk of Sauk Village's levy will be appropriated to police and fire protection, at $473,763.35 each, and liability insurance, at $533,425.65. The police pension fund was appropriated $194, 313.11.
The ordinance was approved 5-0, with Trustee Jeffrey Morden absent.
Clerk Debbie Williams said the new village email alert will be ready on Monday. The service is free and residents can register by going to saukvillage.org and clicking on "free alerts."
"This is just another way that we can try to communicate to our residents, in a more timely manner, things that are happening in our community," Williams said. "With the next three weeks, maybe with us meeting or not meeting, (due to the holidays) this is a long time to go without communicating to our residents. So, I encourage everyone to go to the website."
Village President David Hanks informed residents that Sauk Village will host the Winter Quarterly Forum for the Chicago Southland Economic Development Corp. on Jan. 24 at the municipal center.
The forum will include state and federal agencies and elected officials, contractors and developers, Hanks said.
"Next month we get to showcase Sauk Village and show them exactly what we can offer them," Hanks said. "Getting our name out there, that's what's important."
Hanks said this year was one of the best for Sauk Village's economic development in five or six years.
Hanks also proclaimed the month Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month.
There will be no meetings on Dec. 24 or 31. As of Tuesday's meeting, the Dec. 17 meeting had no items on its agenda and may be canceled, as well, Hanks said.