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Orland Park OKs 2013 budget, levy

Updated: January 6, 2013 9:45AM



Orland Park trustees on Monday night approved a fiscal year 2013 budget that includes money for more police, a dog park and replacing bug-infested trees.

Trustees also approved a tax levy, the amount of money to be raised via the property tax, that is essentially flat compared with what the village took in this year in property tax revenue. Officials said that, with a slight expected increase in property value, property owners could see a small decrease in the village’s share of their tax bill.

In total, the budget calls for revenue of $112.8 million and $117.3 million in expenses. From the current budget, the village will carry forward a balance of $4.5 million into the fiscal year that starts Jan. 1.

Comparing the new budget to this year’s budget shows expenses dropping by more than $47 million, but the current budget contains some significant one-time costs, some related to the village’s Main Street Triangle redevelopment.

There is money in next year’s budget to hire two police officers — with one starting Jan. 1 and another coming in July — nearly $2 million for ongoing stormwater abatement projects and $200,000 for a dog park within Centennial Park.

Some costs in the 2013 budget are educated guesses. The village is negotiating a new contract with the union that represents public works and parks and recreation employees and has allocated money in the budget based on the likely outcome, village manager Paul Grimes said.

Also, the village and the police union are in arbitration on a new contract, with officers seeking raises totaling 10 percent over four years while the village offers 8.5 percent over that span, Grimes said.

For the coming year, the village is allocating $500,000 to trim and replace trees in village parkways, including those infested by the emerald ash borer. That amount could be a fixture in village budgets for several years to come, officials said.

The insect has been decimating ash trees throughout the Chicago area, and Orland Park has roughly 8,500 trees in parkways and other public areas that will have to be removed and replaced. Grimes said the village anticipates spending $3.5 million over the next seven or eight years on ash tree replacement.

The village’s tax levy is unchanged at $13.42 million, but the village’s tax rate could dip slightly, finance director Annemarie Mampe said. The rate is now about 58 cents per $100 of equalized assessed value, she said.

It’s anticipated that the value of all property in the village will rise 1 percent, which Mampe described as “very conservative” — meaning a property owner would shoulder a slightly smaller share of the total tax load. She said Orland Park’s tax bite represents about 7 percent of a homeowner’s total tax bill.

Under the new levy, the owner of a home with a market value of $300,000 who paid $489 in taxes to the village this year could see a bill next year of $484, Mampe said.

Trustees on Monday also abated about $3.1 million in taxes that would have been collected to pay principal and interest on four bond issues. Some of the money to pay that debt will come from the village’s home-rule sales tax.



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