Orland Park OKs property tax rebate
By Mike Nolan email@example.com September 16, 2013 9:14PM
Updated: October 19, 2013 6:58PM
Orland Park trustees on Monday night approved rebating a portion of the village’s property tax paid by homeowners this year.
A total of $2.2 million is being earmarked for the program, with applications being accepted this fall. Postcards with application instructions will go out in late October or early November.
Based on how many applied for last year’s rebate program, for 2011 taxes paid in 2012, individual checks will total $137.50 per household, with checks going out next March. The amount could vary, depending on whether more or fewer residents apply.
Last year, about 16,600 homeowners signed up, each getting a check in March for $155.55.
Trustees also approved the mayor’s appointment of Dan Calandriello to fill the vacancy on the village board created by last month’s resignation of Brad O’Halloran. Calandriello, a Cook County assistant state’s attorney, will be sworn in at the board’s
Oct. 7 meeting.
Calandriello will “bring a great new perspective” to the village board, said Mayor Dan McLaughlin, who considered 21 applicants for the board seat.
Calandriello, who turns 29 on Oct. 19, said he decided to seek the trustee position because “I have always wanted to give back to the community.”
O’Halloran resigned as village trustee at the same time that he stepped down as chairman of the Metra Board amid an ongoing controversy over a costly severance package for Metra’s chief executive. CEO Alex Clifford accused O’Halloran and another Metra Board member of interfering in Metra’s personnel decisions and applying political pressure on him.
Although O’Halloran was re-elected in April to a four-year term on the village board, Calandriello’s seat will be up for election in spring 2015.