Normal residents could see 11 percent property tax increase

By WEEK Reporter

October 22, 2013 Updated Oct 22, 2013 at 9:58 AM CDT

NORMAL, Ill. -- Normal residents may soon be facing higher property taxes.

Monday night, the town council unanimously approved a motion to draft an ordinance that would raise property taxes by roughly 11 percent.

Officials said the increased levy is partly in response to police and fire pension costs determined by the General Assembly.

State law requires both pension funds to be 90 percent funded by 2040.

"We certainly don't want to pass this problem on to future councils and future generations," said city manager Mark Peterson. "We don't want to follow the lead of the Illinois General Assembly and avoid tough decisions today and face a crisis 10 or 15 years from now."

"There is nothing mandating us to pull all of that money out of property taxes," Council Member Scott Preston said. "Suggesting that the only avenue we are willing to consider to make up this gap is by raising their property taxes is something that kind of rubs me the wrong way."

Additional options will be presented in two weeks.

The council is required to a hold a truth-in-taxation public hearing before approving the levy.

That hearing is scheduled for November 18.

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