Bloomington tax rate staying for 2013

By WEEK Reporter

November 13, 2012 Updated Nov 14, 2012 at 10:56 AM CDT

BLOOMINGTON, Ill -- The Bloomington City Council is going forward with a proposed 2013 property tax levy that would keep the tax rate the same as 2012.

Tuesday night, the Bloomington City Council voted unanimously to decrease the levy percent by 1.7 percent.

The council looked at 6 possible levy options, all having their own advantages and disadvantages.

The options ranged from increasing the tax rate by 5.2 percent to no increase at all.

City Manager David Hales says the increases would mainly go toward pension funding, road resurfacing projects and library fund increases.

Hales says he realizes the hardships of the community, but the city also has a buildup of purchases and projects.

Several council members said in the tough economic times when many taxing bodies are looking to increase taxes they are hoping to be an exception.

This is just one of nine taxing bodies that affects residents in the city of Bloomington.

The levy recommendation will now be published for further public input.

A final decision on the levy will be made at the December 10 city council meeting.

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