The New Lenox Village Board of Trustees Monday adopted the 2012-2013 property tax levy, which reflects a 4.8 percent increase over a year ago.
Last year, villagers also saw an increase that averaged $10 as well. However, the village saw $5.3 million in fresh growth in 2011.
This year, growth from new homes and medical facilities brought in to accommodate Silver Cross Hospital made up for only $1.8 million, said Kim Auchstetter, finance director.
Meanwhile, the equalized assessed value of New Lenox homes is estimated to be down about 5.5 percent compared to a 5 percent drop last year, said Auchstetter. The drop is due to the diminished value of homes in 2011.
Overall, the village is expected to levy $2.3 million. That amount coincides with the state's 3 percent property tax extension limitation set for non-home rule municipalities.
Mayor Tim Baldermann said despite the village's two-year-old home rule status, which gives it the authority to tax at higher rates, this municipality is not going to exercise that right.
The deadline for submitting the property tax rebate form is Dec. 14
He added that while the village's portion of the overall property tax bill is only 3.9 percent, homeowners who take advantage of the property tax rebate taxpayers will get about half of that back.
Last year, the value of an average $200,000 home in 2011 paid $195 to the village in taxes, added Auchstetter.
This year that same property sustained a drop in its Equalized Assessed Valuation, bringing the value down to $195,000. The diminished value forced an increase in the multiplier to capture the same amount of money necessary to operate. Therefore, a homeowner who paid $195 last year, while the EAV was up, would pay $196 this year.
However, the village's tax rebate program offers homeowners a 55 percent rebate in what's owed to the municipality. The rebate program was initiated after the community approved a home-rule referendum in 2008.
That vote authorized the village to boost the sales tax by 1 percent. The trade-off was a promise to rebate 33 percent of residents' property tax bills.
With all factors put together, Trustee Ray Tuminello said, "Residents are actually ahead by $10."
In 2010, the first year of rebates, the village went above that promise and refunded 40 percent of property taxes. In the program's second year, that increased to half the property tax dollars collected.
Baldermann said that ultimately, the Village Board's goal is to rebate 100 percent of property taxes. Last year, .
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