Thornton trustees OK $1.9M tax levy

2012-12-10T00:00:00Z Thornton trustees OK $1.9M tax levyPaul Czpakowicz Times Correspondent
December 10, 2012 12:00 am  • 

THORNTON  | The Village Board unanimously approved its annual levy ordinance on Monday.

"The department heads did a great job again this year, and we're looking forward to not having to raise any taxes," Village President Jack Swan said.

The board on Nov. 19 had voted to create the ordinance which freezes the property tax levy for the upcoming year.

The total amount of the levy, including the village library's portion, is $1,996,986, according to Village Administrator Jason Wicha.

"We've been talking about this for a couple years, hoping we could get to a zero (increase), and we're here," Trustee Judy Diekelman said.

The board also on Monday approved the demolition of a house at 310 Blackstone St.

"This house was targeted by the Village Board in the Neighborhood Improvement Program," Wicha said.

This marks the fourth of five houses designated for demolition under the program which aims to rid the village of dilapidated houses that may bring down property values.

The single-story home at 310 Blackstone is in foreclosure and has been vacant for about a year, Wicha said.

The village will put a lien on the property to recover the demolition costs.

"The total project cost will be slightly under $16,000 to have the house removed," Wicha said.

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