SAUK VILLAGE | Officials amended an ordinance to raise sewer rates and miscellaneous water charges at Tuesday's Village Board meeting.
A similar raise was brought up last summer, Mayor David Hanks said, but was not passed. This year, the village is in more dire need of funds.
The motion was passed 5-1, with Trustee Derrick Burgess voicing the lone dissent.
Burgess said he would be for raising water charges on businesses if it could be proposed as a separate ordinance but was against charging residents higher sewer fees.
"We've already taxed the people for other things," Burgess said. "That's the only thing we have left to make money on and I'd hate to keep taxing. This time last year they were paying $3.50 and now they're paying $7."
The village would be $20,000 "in the hole" without the funds raised by the increase, Burgess said, but he wasn't comfortable putting another burden on residents.
"People out there now don't water their grass and there's a reason for that," he said. "I'm not saying we're going to price ourselves out, but at some point in time we have to sit back."
The board also granted GNP Lighting license to attempt to secure outside financing to repair the village's street lighting, but declined at this point to contract the company to complete the repairs. The motion passed 4-3, with Hanks casting the deciding vote.
"This is the last step for (GNP) to get financing, since they didn't get financing," Hanks said. "We're not approving anything. We're just saying you can try to secure financing."
Hanks said GNP would not be awarded the contract if it came at a cost to the village.
Village Clerk Debbie WIlliams read a proclamation recognizing Sauk Village native Frances McClain, a doctoral candidate at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. McClain was inducted into the Edward A. Bouchet graduate honor society, which recognizes scholarly achievement and and diversity.