Niles-Maine Library trustees vote to raise tax levy

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 07:24:43 AM. Trustees on the Niles-Maine District Library board approved a slight increase in the library district's property levy at their Oct. 18 meeting.
Trustees on the -Maine District library board approved a slight increase in the library district's property levy at their Oct. 18 meeting. Trustees voted 5-2 to approve raising $6.9 million of the library's $7.4 million budget through the property tax levy. That will increase the amount collected through the levy for the library system by about $141,000 over last year. The amount that each property owner in the library district will be charged was not immediately available. Trustees Carolyn Drblik and Dennis Martin voted against asking tax payers for more money. "Maybe we could think of some ways to cut and not raise the levy and live within our means," Drblik said. "It's not such a large amount." Martin proposed holding off on voting on the levy at the meeting, to allow library officials to look at other ways to save move. "I didn't approve a budget and think, 'oh, we're gonna take out a taxpayer credit card to cover it," Martin said. But other trustees expressed concern with recently unsuccessful state legislation that proposed freezing property taxes. If such a measure ever passes in the Springfield, it could limit the library's ability to increase its levy in the future. Raising the levy now "is something that will hopefully hold us through, just in case," said Linda Ryan, board vice president. The Niles-Maine library district serves about 59,000 residents in the village of Niles, unincorporated Des Plaines and unincorporated Glenview. Twitter @GenevieveBook 'No Blue...Read more
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