Fayette council hoping for levy replacement 2012.10.10

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

Every small community has its share of streets in need of repair and Fayette is no exception. The difference in that community is that residents have an opportunity to do something about them at a good price.

Village residents will be asked in the Nov. 6 general election to support “replacing” two existing levies. In the past, voters have renewed the levies, but replacing them would update their value to current property levels and bring in more revenue.

Replacement of the existing 2.9-mill general fund levy would pay the annual cost for a street repair loan.

Many of the village streets will be torn up and repaired during the sewer system upgrade expected to begin next year. The streets not involved in the project will be resurfaced through a grant with a 50/50 split. The village must repay half of the project cost—about $200,000—over the 10-year period of the no-interest loan.

The extra funds coming in through the levy would cover Fayette’s annual loan repayment cost of $20,400 with a few thousand dollars remaining. On paper, the replacement would bring in over $26,000 annually, but village administrator Steve Blue said the figure would actually be less due to delinquencies, homestead exemptions and other factors.

Residents 65 years and older and disabled residents can seek a homestead exemption that subtracts $25,000 from the value of their home. The exemption also covers property zoned for agricultural use.

If both levies are replaced, the owner of a home with a market value of $75,000 would see a tax increase of about $1 a week. For a $50,000 home, the increase would be about 75 cents a week.

Residents are invited to a levy informational meeting at 7 p.m. Oct. 18 at the high school.

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