Little change in Plainfield’s tax bill next year
BY MADHU MAYER Correspondent October 29, 2013 8:28PM
Updated: December 1, 2013 8:13AM
Most Plainfield residents should not see much change in the village’s portion of their property tax bills next year, according to village officials.
Traci Pleckham, the village’s director of management services, told village trustees Monday night that the 2013 tax levy, the amount the village expects to raise via the property tax next year, remains essentially unchanged at $5.36 million.
The tax levy determines the village’s tax rate, which is set so that multiplying it by Plainfield’s total property value results in the levy amount. The village’s total property value won’t be available until spring 2014, Pleckham said.
“Based on the 2013 levy request,” she said, “village residents on average will not see an increase in the village’s portion of their property (tax bill) when compared to 2012. However, some residents individually could see modest decreases or increases.”
A public hearing on the levy will be held during the Dec. 2 village board meeting at the village hall, 24401 W. Lockport St. The board will consider approving the levy that night or at its Dec. 16 meeting.
In other action Monday night, it was announced the third annual Midwest Brewers Fest, held in August in the village, raised $25,000 for the Plainfield Riverfront Foundation and $5,000 for Pints for Prostates, which promotes the need for regular prostate screening.
Kevin Herbst, vice president of the Midwest Brewers Fest Board, said the 2013 event attracted many craft brewers and thousands of spectators to Plainfield from across the Midwest, which boosted businesses in the downtown area.
Trustee Bill Lamb said the beer festival has become a tradition in Plainfield, and Trustee Margie Bonuchi said she’s grateful for the charitable contributions the event generates.
“It’s a professional-type of event, and we appreciate the funding that comes our way,” Bonuchi said.
The initial brewers fest was marred by delays related to permits and insurance coverage, but the last two have been run smoothly and produced much more revenue, all of which goes to charity, village officials said.
Rob Epley, president of the Plainfield Riverfront Foundation, said the nonprofit organization, formed four years ago, will use the donation in its work to improve and develop property along the riverfront to create a regional cultural, economic and recreational amenity. The all-volunteer foundation’s goal is to implement the master plan for the riverfront that was developed by the village and the Plainfield Park District.