Oswego Village Board Votes Down Tax Hikes

Mayor breaks tie votes on increasing home-rule sales tax, motor fuel tax.

Credit: File photo
Credit: File photo
The Oswego village board on Tuesday voted 4-3 against two tax hike proposals to pay for local road maintenance and capital improvement projects.

One defeated proposal called for a half-cent increase in the local home-rule sales tax, while the other would have increased the village's motor fuel tax by four cents.

The votes came despite village staff predicting shortfalls in Oswego's annual road program over the next five years, according to the Beacon News. 

Trustees Pam Parr, Judy Solinger and Gail Johnson voted in favor of the increases, while Scott Volpe, Tony Giles and Terry Michels voted no.

Oswego Village President Brian LeClercq voted no to break the two tie votes.

A village board/committee of the whole meeting originally scheduled for Tuesday, May 6, was cancelled by LeClercq.

“I put staff through three meetings in April and I was not going to put them through another back-to-back meeting,” LeClercq said, according to the Beacon.

Matt W. May 02, 2014 at 08:30 AM
Kendall County has the second highest taxes in the country. That's right... the entire country. You know what I have to show for it? A higher mortgage payment. Thanks to those who voted "no" and to Village President LeClercq for casting the tie breaking "no" vote.
Logansdad May 02, 2014 at 10:27 AM
"Kendall County has the second highest taxes in the country. That's right... the entire country." @Matt W. What are you basing this on? I am assuming property taxes. Do you have support to back up your claim.
Matt W. May 02, 2014 at 10:37 AM
Sorry, its third highest in the country. http://www.zillow.com/blog/highest-and-lowest-property-taxes-149303/
Logansdad May 02, 2014 at 11:03 AM
Thanks for providing the link. I feel that survey is misleading because people should be looking at the actual tax rate, not a comparison to home value. Homes values have declined in Kendall because of all the foreclosures. You could also do a ranking comparing taxes to income and I am sure you will get a different result.
Mike Francis May 03, 2014 at 01:20 PM
The Zillow comparison is a very fair way to compare. The rate is irrelevant by itself because it needs to be combined with the assessed value. When it's all said and done, the percentage of your home's value that your taxes represent is a very logical way to make comparisons across the country.


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