SOUTH HOLLAND | The Village Board has recommended extending a property tax break for a local manufacturer.
Gurtler Industries Inc., which makes specialized laundry chemical products, has been located at 15475 S. LaSalle St. for more than four decades. During much of that time, it has had a Class 6B property tax break from Cook County, which reduces its property taxes by more than half, according to the county assessor's office.
But the tax breaks for industrial sites are not permanent, although they may be renewed.
Village Attorney Timothy Lapp said the Class 6B break for Gurtler was last renewed in 1994, and it will expire next year unless officials vote to renew it again.
The Cook County Board has final say over whether the tax break is renewed, although the county's practice is to grant the break if local government officials support it.
The Village Board voted 6-0 on Monday in favor of the extension. The County Board meets Nov. 13, though it is unclear if the issue will be addressed then.
A memorandum from Cook County Assessor Joe Berrios’ office says the Class 6B is meant to encourage new and maintain existing industrial development across the county.
“The goal of Class 6B is to attract new industry, stimulate expansion and retention of existing industry and increase employment opportunities,” the memo reads.
In other business Monday, South Holland trustees voted to authorize the Police Department to hire a new officer from the list of people who took the police examination earlier this year.
Lapp said that police officer candidate would have to complete training at the Police Academy before actually beginning law enforcement duties.
“They’ll hire a police officer candidate off the list,” Lapp said. “It’s a new hire, not someone being promoted from within.”