Updated: July 8, 2014 2:09AM
Lemont, which bills itself as the “Village of Faith,” will be a village of fun Saturday, when it hosts its 24th annual Heritage Fest from 4 to 11 p.m. in the downtown area.
The headlining bands are 80s Enough at 6:30 p.m. and Timing’s Everything at 9 p.m.
About 2,000 people turned out last year, according to administrator George Shafer.
More activities have been added this year. From 4 to 8 p.m., there will be new inflatables, called The Meltdown and The Spider Climb. There also will be pony rides, a petting zoo, “Smash the Car,” a trackless train, zip line and more, according to the fest flyer.
“It’s a good event for the kids,” Shafer said.
Bingo starts at 4 p.m., and old-time photos can be taken from 5 to 7 p.m.
On the main stage, a zumba party starts at 4 p.m., followed by a music student showcase at 4:30 and Andrea Veltri at 5:30.
There also will be a Salt Creek Model A Ford Car Show from 4 to 8 p.m. at the north Metra lot under the bridge.
“It’s something the community really takes pride in,” Shafer said of the fest.
Main sponsors include Aldi, Citgo and Waste Management.
Will County promotes use of e-checks
With fewer local banks accepting property tax payments, Will County Treasurer Steve Weber said more people are using electronic checks.
Since taking office a few years ago, Weber said he has tried to make it more convenient for taxpayers to pay their property taxes.
“We are trying to move people away from going to the bank or coming here (to his Joliet office),” he said. “We are the only county treasurer in the state that has a smart phone app.”
Local banks are dropping their tax-collection services because they make no money on it, Weber said. Those that still collect will accept payments only during a one-month window ending with the Sept. 2 due date.
Those who want to pay early can visit Weber’s office on the first floor of the Will County building, 302 N. Chicago St., Joliet; mail a check there, or visit willcountytaxbill.com to pay electronically or with a credit card.
“E-checks are the best way to go,” Weber said. The process carries a 59-cent fee, compared with a 2.2 percent charge for credit card payments.
While the majority of property owners have their taxes paid through mortgage escrow accounts, the most popular way for the public is via electronic check, while the fewest use a credit card, he said.
For those who like to pay in person, Weber said four cashiers are available at his office.
“Our lines move quicker than McDonald’s,” he said.
For more information, visit www.willcountytreasurer.com.
Susan DeMar Lafferty
Property assessment seminar set in Calumet Twp.
A free property assessment seminar for residents of Calumet Township is slated for 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the township community center, 12633 S. Ashland Ave., Calumet Park.
Representatives from the Cook County Assessor’s Office will be on hand to answer questions about reassessment notices, according to a release from township Supervisor Robert A. Rita’s office.
For more information, call (708) 388-6606.