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Glen Ellyn's $11.5M levy will increase property taxes for residents

Published: Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013 12:08 a.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, July 25, 2014 4:45 a.m. CDT

GLEN ELLYN – The village of Glen Ellyn will levy about $11.5 million in property taxes for Fiscal Year 2013 to support village and library services and debts.

The levy amount represents an increase of about 2.7 percent from the previous year, said Finance Director Kevin Wachtel.

The $11,518,349 will be divided among the village of Glen Ellyn general and debt service levies and the Glen Ellyn Public Library general and debt service levies and special funds and levies, according to village records.

The vote to approve the property tax levy was split among Village Board members at their meeting Nov. 25, with Trustees Tim O'Shea, Dean Clark and Diane McGinley voting in favor of the levy, and Trustees Tim Elliott, Pete Ladesic and Robert Friedberg voting against it. Village President Alex Demos voted to approve the levy as proposed.

The owner of a typical home in Glen Ellyn with a value of $425,000 can expect to pay about $774 in property taxes to the village and $487 to the library for Fiscal Year 2013, Wachtel said at a previous board meeting Nov. 12. That is an increase to the property owner's tax bill of about $33, he said.

Before the vote, Trustee Diane McGinley asked village staff whether the $105,000 line item for Glen Ellyn Volunteer Fire Company funding typically provided by the village had been removed from village financial plans in light of the board's decision to add a fee to residents' water bills to support the company.

Currently, the $105,000 is still part of the village budget, pending board decisions regarding future ambulance purchases and a sprinkler system program, Village Manager Mark Franz said. The funds would not necessarily come from property taxes, according to Franz.

If the board ultimately decides against using the $105,000 for the Fire Company-related items, the money could be added to the village's reserves or managed with a tax abatement, he said.

The funds also could be used as additional Fire Company funding for the first year the fees are assessed, allowing the added fee on residents' water bills to be lower, O'Shea said.

"I'm comfortable with levying at this amount at this point and doing our due diligence, and if there is an abatement that has to be made, regardless of how difficult it may be, we'll make that abatement," Demos said.

The VIllage Board also approved various levies for Special Service Areas (SSAs) inside and outside the village, including unanimous approval of a $96,000 property tax levy for SSA 12 to recover the cost of constructing a sanitary sewage collection system in the Lambert Farms subdivision, according to village records.

With the exception of Trustee Clark, the Village Board voted to approve levies for five commercial SSAs, including the Roosevelt Road corridor, Downtown Central Business District and historic Stacy's Corners.

In these areas, Glen Ellyn may impose an additional property tax levy to provide funding for economic development, according to village records.

While the village aims to levy at an additional rate of 12.5 cents per $100 of assessed value in each of the areas, the levies as approved are actually higher than this rate in order to capture any new growth, according to village records. There is no negative consequence to setting the levies too high, as DuPage County will cut the levies back to reflect a 12.5 cent rate, based on finalized assessed values.

Two SSAs north and south of the village limits will be levied $89,066 and $79,403, respectively, to support the Volunteer Fire Company, after a unanimous Village Board vote.

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Breakdown of 2013 property tax levy

• Village of Glen Ellyn general levy: $6,648,310 • Village debt service levy: $647,946 • Glen Ellyn Public Library general levy: $3,396,115 • Library special funds and levies: $307,000 • Library debt service levy: $518,978

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