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Council nudges up Cumulative Capital tax rate to help pay for raises

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Property owners in the Town of Chesterton will be paying marginally more on their tax bills, in order to free up moneys in the General Fund and make sustainable the raises recently granted to municipal employees.

At its meeting Monday night, the Town Council voted unanimously to re-establish the Cumulative Capital Improvement (CCI) Fund at a slightly higher rate: roughly doubling it, to $0.0059 per $100 of assessed valuation from $0.0029.

CCI--originally established in 1992 at the $0.0029 rate--is used, among other things, for the acquisition of technology, something which up to now has been putting a dent in the General Fund, the pot out of which employee salaries are also paid. By increasing the rate, the council means to clear space in that pot and shift certain expenses to CCI.

Under state law, the maximum property-tax rate for CCI is $0.33 per $100 of assessed valuation, about 56 times higher than the new $0.0059 rate.

As Member Emerson DeLaney, R-5th, noted, “If you’re homesteaded, you’re not going to be affected because of the tax caps. If you’re not homesteaded, you’ll pay $2.90 more per $100,000 of assessed valuation per year.”

At a public hearing prior to the vote, no one spoke in favor of CCI’s re-establishment and no one in opposition to it.

Westchester Township

Fire Protection Contract

In other business, members voted unanimously to approve the town’s 2018 fire protection services contract with Westchester Township.

Under that contract, the CFD will provide fire protection to designated portions of unincorporated Westchester Township. The Porter FD, under a separate contract, provides similar services to the rest of the unincorporated township.

For those services, Westchester Township will pay the town $46,834, based on the number of calls to which the CFD responded in 2017.

Farmers’ Market

at Coffee Creek Center

Members also voted unanimously to re-new--pending legal review--the town’s contract with Damien Appel, operator of the not-for-profit Native Roots Farm in Jackson Township, for a weekly farmers’ market at Coffee Creek Center, in the parking lot at the intersection of Sidewalk Road and Dickinson Road.

The market will held from 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays, beginning May 8 and running through Oct. 17.

Town to mark Arbor Day in Morgan Park Saturday

The Town of Chesterton will mark Arbor Day with a tree-planting ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 28, at the corner of Wilson Street and East Morgan Ave. in Morgan Park.

And Street Commissioner John Schnadenberg is inviting the public to attend.

Morgan Park, more than a century old and the first subdivision in Chesterton, has lost dozens of its trees to age, and Saturday’s ceremonial tree-planting will be just one of many which the Street Department is engaging in on an ongoing basis.

The town recently received its 22nd consecutive Tree City USA designation.


Posted 4/24/2018




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