Updated: September 21, 2014 6:24AM
Orland Park residents again will be rebated a portion of the property tax they pay to the village, but how much they’ll get back remains to be determined.
Village trustees Monday night approved an ordinance for the rebate, which would be paid to homeowners in March.
Postcards with information about the rebate program will be sent to homeowners in late October or early November, and applications will be due sometime in December. They can be made by mail or online.
A total of $2.2 million will be returned to taxpayers, and the rebate applies to only the 2013 village tax, paid this year and does not include property tax paid to other taxing districts. Village officials have said Orland Park’s share of the average resident’s tax bill is about 7 percent.
In recent years, the village has equally divided the amount available to be rebated among all applicants, but trustees are considering a sliding scale based on how much a homeowner pays in property tax to the village.
If trustees agree to equally divide the pool of rebate funds, each homeowner would get a $146 check based on the number of applications last year.
The village began the rebate program in March 2003 to offset a new home-rule sales tax, but the program was suspended in 2009 because the recession delivered a substantial hit to village revenue.
It was brought back for the 2011 property tax bills payable in 2012. Since its inception, the rebate program has returned $32.3 million to homeowners, according to the village.
When rebate checks went out in 2009, the last distribution before the temporary suspension, the amount each resident received varied depending on the equalized assessed value of their home. That year, the village gave $4.5 million to homeowners.
Money for this year’s rebate program is coming primarily from savings realized because some major public works projects came in under budget, according to the village.