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PONTIAC

City takes 1st stepsfor land annexation

Meeting: City Council

When: Dec. 5

Key action: Took first steps to annex a two-acre piece of land just east of Pontiac Junior High School. The land is owned by the city, but is not within the city limits. The annexation will allow the city access to more land, which would be mostly surrounded by the city on the south side of Illinois 116.

Other action: Referred petitions to build a Wal-Mart Supercenter on the west side of Pontiac to the city's planning and zoning board. The council needs to approve annexing land, zoning changes and other qualifications so the building can be constructed.

Next meeting: Dec. 19

COLFAX

Village board eyesending leaf burning

Meeting: Village Board

When: Dec. 5

Key action: Discussed leaf burning and the concerns of health issues. Village attorney Tom Shields will draft an ordinance that will be more specific on banning leaf burning.

Other action: Requested ESDA director Randy Clark provide protocol for emergency procedures before the board will approve purchasing generators.

Next meeting: 7 p.m. Jan. 3.

FARMER CITY

City residents will pay lower taxes

Meeting: City Council

When: Dec. 5

Key issue: Approved a tax levy of $292,360, which is significantly less than last yearís $383,235 because bonds for the sewer plant will be paid off later this month. City Manager David Joswiak said a property owner paying about $2,000 in real estate taxes will save about $120.

Other issues: Provena EMS Systems will visit with city officials Thursday regarding problems in staffing the local ambulance service.

LINCOLN

City to hold hearingon tax levy increase

Meeting: City Council

When: Nov. 28

Key action: Set a public hearing for 7 p.m. Dec. 19 about the increase in the city's tax levy. The new levy exceeds last yearís by more than 105 percent and will generate 6.29 percent more tax revenue than last year. The new levy seeks almost $1.3 million. Under tax-cap legislation, the city would raise property taxes by the maximum allowed. Property owners also would contribute $173,000 for a bond levy and another $19,000 for a new state statute regulating firefightersí pension funds.

OTTAWA

Tax levy increasecosts another $14

Meeting: LaSalle County Board

When: Nov. 30

Key action: Unanimously approved a tax levy that is 5 percent more than last year. Last year's levy was for 35 percent, a move board members said was to rebuild a financial cushion. This yearís levy to help pay for the $67 million budget will cost the owner of a $100,000 home $317 for the year, up $14 from last year.

Other action: Increased the fees for satellite plots of land from $5 to $15 to help pay for the Geographic Information System.

Next meeting: 1 p.m. Dec. 12.

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