Village of Gurnee Weekly Announcements for Friday, November 18th, 2011

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Weekly Announcements for Friday, November 18th, 2011:


  1. Corrected Water Bills to be Issued
  2. Leaf Collection to end Saturday, November 26th
  3. Police Holiday Mobilization Period to Continue through Wednesday, November 23rd
  4. Jon Callaghan Memorial Turkey Trot 5K Fun Run/Walk to be held Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, November 24th)
  5. Canadian Pacific Holiday Train to Arrive Saturday, December 3rd at 5 p.m.
  6. Early Notice: Village Board places Question on Electrical Aggregation on March Primary Ballot
  7. Eagle Scout Project: Stuffed Backpacks for the Homeless
  8. Local Resources: Giving for the Holidays
  9. Question of the Week: How is my property tax calculated?



1. Corrected Water Bills to be Issued



As part of the recent water billing transition, the Village issued the first round of new bills to residents living east of the Tollway last Friday.  Unfortunately, some of those bills had a calculation error.  The Village has completed testing and has corrected the error.  The majority of residents living east of the Tollway will receive a corrected bill within the next week or so that will be due Tuesday, December 13thThis is not a new bill but an update on the bills you received on Friday, October 28th.  If you have already paid, this bill should either show a zero balance or a small credit that will be applied to your next bill if you accidentally paid an incorrect bill.  A smaller percentage of residents will not receive a bill next week due to a technical error.  Please be assured that you will not be billed until all problems are resolved in the system.



For those residents living west of the Tollway, you will receive your first transition bill in the next few weeks.  The errors that originally occurred have been corrected, and these bills should not have any errors.  Please pay as you normally would.



For any questions, please contact Village Hall at (847) 599-7500.

2. Leaf Collection to end Saturday, November 26th



Today (Friday, November 18th), Waste Management is working to complete Week 5 of the leaf collection program.  The program will end on Saturday, November 26th.



Residents will have their final opportunity to get their leaves collected next week.  Please make sure to have your leaves ready for collection as soon as possible.



As a friendly reminder, please place leaves at the curb and not in the street as this may lead to localized flooding.  Correctly placed leaves also make the collection more efficient and lead to less interruptions.  Leaves should be at the curb no later than 6 a.m. on each Monday to ensure their collection.  Look for more details on the Village's website or call Waste Management at (1-800) 796-9696.



3. Police Mobilization Period to Continue through Wednesday, November 23rd



Continuing through Wednesday, November 23rd, the Gurnee Police Department will be conducting at least 48 extra hours of saturation patrols throughout the village with an emphasis on occupant protection. All of these patrols will occur between the hours of 11:00 PM and 6:00 AM.  These specific patrols are aimed at enforcing occupant safety restraint usage (i.e. seat belts and child booster seats).  The Police Department will also be conducting at least 40 extra hours of enforcement aimed at combating drunk and drugged driving as well as speeding during this period.



For any questions, contact the Police Department at (847) 599-7000.



4. Jon Callaghan Memorial Turkey Trot 5K Fun Run/Walk to be held Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, November 24th)

The annual Jon Callaghan Memorial Turkey Trot will be held Thanksgiving Day beginning at 8 a.m.  As in previous years, check in will begin at 7 a.m. at Gurnee Fire Station #1 (4580 Grand).  To sign up and learn more about the race, visit the Village's website.



Proceeds from the event help pediatric cancer research, School District 56, housing for those in need and many others.  The race was named in honor of Jon Callaghan, a student at O'Plaine School in Gurnee who passed away in 1997 after a courageous battle with neuroblastoma cancer.



Any donations would be appreciated and sponsorship is welcome. Participation in the Walk/Run is encouraged. Please make checks payable to the Gurnee Turkey Trot and mail to Fifth Third Bank, 7500 Grand Ave., Gurnee, IL 60031, attention Brian Moy.



5. Canadian Pacific Holiday Train to Arrive Saturday, December 3rd at 5 p.m.



The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train will arrive adjacent to Viking Park along Depot Road on Saturday, Dec. 3rd at 5 p.m.  As in past years, donations of food and cash will be accepted at the event to benefit the Northern Illinois Food Bank, which services many of the food banks in the area.  For more information, visit the Village of Gurnee Chamber of Commerce's website.



5. Early Notice: Village Board Places Question on Electrical Aggregation on March Primary Ballot



As you may know, the Village Board recently authorized the placement of a question on electrical aggregation on the March primary ballot.  Electrical Aggregation is the term used to describe when a municipality has the authorization to bid the cost of electrical power on behalf of its residents and small businesses.  Essentially, if the aggregation process is completed, the Village would ask for bid submissions and have electrical suppliers competively bid to provide power to the Village.  This often results in higher discounts for residents in the cost of electricity per kilowatt hour than individual residents can typically see alone.  Grayslake recently completed this process and saw discounts of 30% off the ComEd kilowatt hour rate.



The State requires that communities that pursue aggregation must first receive permission through a referendum (the approval of the question on the ballot).  Residents currently have the option to choose a supplier and, even if the referendum passes, will have the option to opt out of the program and choose their own supplier.



For more information, see the upcoming December issue of Keeping Posted.  Information will be posted on the website in the near future.  For any questions, please contact Village Hall at (847) 599-7500.



6. Eagle Scout Project: Stuffed Backpacks for the Homeless



Local scout Shawn Senter will be collecting stuffed backpacks for the homeless as part of his Eagle Scout project.  He is asking local residents to take an old backpack they have in their home and fill it with items such as blankets, hats and gloves, socks, Kleenex, toiletries (toothpaste, toothbrush, etc.) and other items which may be useful.  Backpacks can be dropped off at Village Hall (325 N. O'Plaine Road) during normal businesses hours (8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday).   Please have all donations to Village Hall no later than Saturday, December 10th.



For any questions, e-mail Clairol1224@comcast.net.  Please put "Eagle Scout Project" in the subject line.

7. Local Resources: Giving for the Holidays



As the holiday season is quickly approaching, you may find yourself wanting to give back to the community but unsure of how to do it or wanting to contribute something besides cash.  Find Help Lake County, a service of Lake County United Way, is a great resource for not only finding resources that you may need but also find ways to contribute whether through volunteering or in-kind donations. 

8. Question of the Week: How is my property tax calculated?



The Property Tax is one of the most complicated taxes in that it involves several governments and fluctuates based both on tax rate and the assessed value of your home.  This tax is so complicated, in fact, that many people assume that they pay property tax to the Village when the Village is 1 of 5 communities in Illinois that does not levy a property tax.  Below is a very quick explanation and more resources to help further clarify the process.



There are essentially two governments in this area that help set you bill: Warren Township and Lake County.  The Warren Township Assessor determines the Equalized Assessed Valuation (EAV) of your home or basically, your home's value appraised at 33% of the market value and with any adjustments mandated by the State.  Officials at Lake County take that figure, collect the tax levies from each government that you are under the jurisdiction of and create the bill.  For example, a house in the SouthRidge sudvision is under several jurisdiction including Lake County, the Village of Gurnee, School District 121, School District 50, Warren Township, Gurnee Park District, Warren Newport Public Library, the College of Lake County and the Lake County Forest Preserve.  All of these levies are added together to create the finale bill.



The way a levy is calculated is by taking the amount of money a government needs to raise with a property tax divided by the total EAV of all property within that government's jurisdiction.  Let's say a school district wants to raise $20,000,000 in property tax revenue and the total EAV of their jurisdiction is $1,000,000,000.  You would divide the 20 million by the 1 billion and arrive at a tax rate of .02.  You home's EAV is then multiply by .02 to get the amount of tax owed to that school district.  This process is repeated for each government's levy and then added.



To illustrate, see the example below.



A home has a market value of $200,000 as determined by the Township Assessor.  The Township Assessor creates the EAV by multiplying the market value by 1/3.  A special adjustment called the homestead exemption is then applied which removes $5,000 from the EAV.  The EAV for the house is then $61,000.



Using our example above, a school district has a tax rate of .02.  This is then applied against the house's EAV to get a final amount owed to the school district of $1220.00.  This is then added with all other amounts owed to create a final bill.



The reason why bills tend to rise when home values go down is that as the EAV of a jurisdiction lowers (from lowered market values), the same property tax rate can stay the same but you may pay more to cover that full cost.  The best way to think of this is if you think of it like splitting a bill between a few different people.  The less people involved, the more each of you ends up paying if you always have the same bill. 



For more information, visit Lake County's website or Warren Township's website.

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