An administrative error by WNPL will result in a temporary increase in taxes paid to the library in 2017 for 2016. To correct the error, the 2017 levy will ask for a lesser amount (a “double abatement”) to make whole the taxpayers.
To explain: 2016 tax bills reflect a special tax to pay a bond debt that was levied in 2010 . In past years, the library filed an ordinance to abate, or void, the tax and pay down the bond with the Corporate/General Library Fund. While the library board passed a bond tax abatement ordinance on January 17, 2017, it was not properly filed with the Lake County Clerk’s office. Therefore, the Clerk was compelled to levy a special tax for bond retirement. A corrective ordinance is on the library board’s May 16, 2017, agenda.
A homeowner with a home market value of $250,000 will see a onetime increase of $39 for bond retirement; for a $400,000 home, the special tax is $66.
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Thank you for your understanding as we take steps to correct the error.
Ryan Livergood, Executive Director