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.
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.
In other business,
members voted unanimously to approve the town’s 2018 fire protection
services contract with Westchester Township.
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
For those services,
Westchester Township will pay the town $46,834, based on the number of calls
to which the CFD responded in 2017.
at Coffee Creek
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.
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
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.