City Council to vote on tax levy in Tuesday meeting

Corryn Brock, News Editor

The Charleston City Council will vote on the $5,015,375 annual tax levy during its meeting Tuesday.

The police ($1,678,361) and fire ($1,628,533 and $85,712) pensions were the largest amounts levied.

Other budget items amounts were levied for include:

· Library bonds and interest – $587,638

· Insurance and tort judgement – $430,606

· Library – $410,000

· Playground and recreation – $185,525

Seven thousand dollars was levied in various parts of the general fund.

Budget items that did not have an amount levied for them included streetlights, school x-ing guards, water tax, sewage tax and unemployment.

The council will also vote on obligating $65,000 of motor fuel tax funds for resurfacing University Drive from Lincoln Avenue to Hayes Avenue; Monroe Avenue from Division Street to Fourth Street; and North Fourteenth Street from Olive Avenue to the north city limits.

For the same project the council will vote on authorizing the execution of a local agency agreement for federal participation.

The city is in need of pavement preservation for the project and would like to enter the agreement to use funds from the Federal Secondary Transportation Urban funds that are available from the Illinois Department of Transportation.

The council will also vote on a contractual agreement for technical assistance services.

The services provided may include: planning (transportation, community, infrastructure, economic), zoning/subdivision assistance, ordinance codification, ordinance drafting, purchasing/joint purchasing, village/village management assistance, user charges studies, water rate studies, budgeting assistance, appropriation ordinance assistance, tax levy ordinance assistance, motor fuel tax administration, personnel studies, training/workshops, map preparation/graphics, census assistance and intergovernmental communications assistance.

The mayor will announce his appointment of Angelique Elser toa three year term on the Carnegie Library Board of Trustees.

Two raffle licenses will also be voted on.

The continuation of the local state of emergency will also be voted on.

Following the action items, time is reserved for members of the public to address the council. No action will be taken on matters not listed on the agenda, and the Council is not required to take any further action or to discuss the matter further. Public comment can be made or submitted remotely via email to [email protected] Those interested in submitting public comment should send emails prior to 5:00 p.m. Tuesday and indicate in the subject line: CC: 09/01/2020, so the city clerk knows the email is public comment for the meeting.


Corryn Brock can be reached at 581-2812 or [email protected]