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Boost in Village Levy Likely to Result in Higher Property Taxes: Report

The cost of living in Bolingbrook looks like it will go up in 2014.

In 2014, the cost of living in Bolingbrook likely will go up, according to a Chicago Tribune report.

The Tribune reports residents could pay more in property taxes to the Village.

Trustees unanimously approved a measure that hikes Bolingbrook's tax levy from $16.3 million to $17.7 million, according to the report. And the Tribune says the extra money collected by the Village will be used to cover police and fire pension costs as well as expenses related to removing and treating trees ravaged by Emerald Ash Borer beetles.

"At this point in time, based on what we know, we have to do this with our levy," Bolingbrook Mayor Roger Claar stated in the Tribune report. "This is our first run at the rate. We do have another opportunity in March where we will be able to take another look at the rate and perhaps lower the levy."

MORE: To read the full Tribune report, click here.

Patch Wants to Know: What do you think of the trustees' move to boost Bolingbrook's tax levy? Can you afford to pay more property taxes? Leave your comments below. And we'll collect them for a follow-up post on Patch.
cboyles618 January 02, 2014 at 11:41 AM
I don't mind paying a bit higher levy based on the Police, Paramedic and Firefighter service we have in Bolingbrook. Our town is lucky to have these public servants available to us and they are entitled to the pension they signed on for when they aquired these positions. I don't know how many people are aware that these brave men and women are not entitled to Social Security benefits so the last thing that should happen is to have them receive a reduction in their pension benefits.
Resurrected January 02, 2014 at 11:59 AM
Bolingbrook taxes are just as high as Naperville.
Janet January 02, 2014 at 12:00 PM
I cannot afford another increase in my taxes. As it is I am paying property taxes on a condo for which I do not even own anything other than the inside of my unit. How is that fair to pay the same as a single family home. As it is I might have to go into foreclosure now. Why are the taxes going up anyway hit up all these businesses that you give tax breaks to for moving into our Village. Make them take some of the burden because now you are going to be losing a lot more homes due to foreclosure as if we do not have enough already. Wake up people.
Christine S. January 02, 2014 at 12:01 PM
All I know is that no matter how bad the economy has been, our property taxes have risen every single year except one. Plus, our home has lost about $80,000 in value yet we've seen no change either. Something is going to break, I'm afraid.
Jim January 02, 2014 at 12:50 PM
I CANT AFFORD THE TAXES NOW AFTERTHEY RAISED THE HELL OUT OF THEM LAST YEAR,NOW I QUESS I WILL HAVE TO MOVE AND TAKE A BATH ON MY HOUSE SINCE I LOST SO MUCH MONEY ON IT DURING THE BANKS AND GOVERNMENT STEALING EVERYTHING THEY COULD GET THEIR HANDS ON. EVERYTHING IS GOING UP THIS YEAR. ALL GROCERIES AT LEAST 25% AND GASOLINE IS STILL OVERPRICED. MY WIFE HASNT HAD A RAISE IN TEN YEARS AND IM DISABLED ANS GOT STIFFED ON THE COLA AGAIN THIS YEAR. WHY DONT YOU GOVERNMENT FATCATS STOP TAKING MONEY FROM JOHN Q AND TAX ALL THE CORPORATIONS IN THE AREA THAT DONT PAY A FAIR WAGE. ITS A SHAME IM GOING TO HAVE TO MOVE SINCE IVE LIVED HERE 14 YEARS,I JUST HOPE I CAN STICK IT OUT LONG ENOUGH TO VOTE ONE MORE TIME,SO I CAN VOTE AGAINST EVERYONE WHO THOUGHT IT WAS OK TO STEAL MORE MONEY FROM THE PUBLIC,AND BY THE WAY IF YOU EVER DECIDE TO PLOW MY STREET AGAIN CAN YOU TELL THE IDIOT DRIVER HE SHOULD NOT BE KNOCKING OVER MAILBOXES SINCE HE HAS DONE IT PAST 3 YEARS AT MY COST. HOW BOUT I SEND THE VILLAGE THE BILL, LETS SAY IT COST $6000.
harvey January 02, 2014 at 02:03 PM
I agree. What is happening to the money? I do believe the Bolingbrook police should receive what is due to them but you mean to tell me bolingbrook doesn't have that money and needs to raise my taxes again! I would be better off going to Naperville. I just don't see how these yearly tax hikes are worth it!!!!
CC January 02, 2014 at 02:11 PM
Jim, I've had my mailbox knocked over the past 3 years as well. All you have to do is call public works and they will come and replace it for free.
JustTired January 02, 2014 at 02:17 PM
This is BEYONE ridiculous. I'm being taxed OUT OF OUR HOME! What the heck are those politicians doing with our money? PENSIONS? Give me a break. Have the politicians stop buying and building everything we can't afford. We didn't NEED a new library, a new golf course another new golf course clubhouse. We NEED to fill all those empty and 3/4 vacant business buildings and warehouses and start collecting tax revenue from those. WE NEED to lower rent prices on the vacant strip malls and get tenants in them and gain more tax revenue there. Our taxes have TRIPLED since I moved in 17 years ago and it's gotten us NOTHING. Our trees haven't been trimmed for three years, the park across the street gets mowed once a month - if we're lucky. There's no code enforcement or animal control officers anymore. I see a police car patrol once a week - probably because he or she is lost. We've got a shopping mall that was supposed to LOWER our taxes and that was nothing but a pile of garbage. We are paying 14.55% LIQOUR TAX and that has forced restaurants out of this village faster than anything else. Drive down Rt. 53 North and you can see ALL THAT REVENUE being made in Woodridge!!! We are known as BORINGBROKE and it's getting worse and worse and NOW THIS GARBAGE ? FOR PENSIONS? Really? Enough already. Let them get 401K retirement funds like the rest of us do. ENOUGH ALREADY
carlson2112 January 02, 2014 at 02:19 PM
I can barely afford my taxes now for my run down home! I think its pure gluttony on the village's part to hurt us like this! I am surrounded by foreclosures and they want more money? people cant afford to pay now, this is sick! learn to budget better quick making us pay for your mistakes! seriously I will just have to move because I cant take this town's greed anymore, I live in what I consider a pretty crappy area to begin with & they expect me to pay way over my home's value, absurd! this requires some media attention, what an outrage!
JustTired January 02, 2014 at 02:20 PM
By the way - all of us who TOLD YOU THIS WOULD HAPPEN haven't voted for this regime in many years. YOU who voted for this administration for the last 25 years - YOU HAVE YOURSELVES TO BLAME! WE can sit back and say TOLD YA SO!
Ken Melville January 02, 2014 at 02:24 PM
Our taxes are outrageous already! Property value down again and our property tax still went up! This is absurd. For those who say it is ok because it's for the police and fire, it's called BUDGET! They tell you it's for the police and fire and teachers so your bleeding hearts will say, "oh, ok, take some more of my money that I already don't have enough of. They will continue to take until enough people stand up and say this is enough!
RegisteredVoter January 02, 2014 at 02:46 PM
Maybe the village should stop spending money on adding more landscaping bricks, and move that money for the important things like the police and fire department. Maybe skip a year or two of decorating the trees with lights, and save the money spent on paying the village workers to decorate the trees. We moved to Bolingbrook because of the lower taxes. Little did we know our taxes would increase every year after that. Time to stop spending money on things that aren't necessary, and put that money towards the necessary things.
karen January 02, 2014 at 04:13 PM
All I have to say is this Is disgusting I'm sick of all the tax hikes. when do we get any relief! I lost my job in March haven't been able to find anything even close to what I need to be able to support my household. Now they cut us all off of unemployment on Dec 28th. Now they're going to wind up getting my house too. What a great political country we live in! And the worst part about it is there's nothing we can do about it!!!
my opinion January 02, 2014 at 04:23 PM
Just wait until the other shoe drops.....the school district.
Resurrected January 02, 2014 at 05:02 PM
Move to Naperville!
JustTired January 02, 2014 at 05:02 PM
I think it is time that this village started taxing homes based on how many FAMILIES live in them. I know that we all have at least one or two homes that have parking lots for driveways and more than one family living in them. Those homes have 4-6 kids living in them and those addresses are paying as if they were single family dwellings. This HAS TO STOP. I am tired of paying for those families that aren't paying their share. Between the village services, the schools and everything else they are sinking this village. The bad school system, the high taxes, the high crime, and the foreclosures have lowered our property values. We need to change what is happening in this village. Many have tried before and they were silenced by this administration. Well it's time we ALL decided to do something about it. Pretty soon there will be no one here TO CARE and BoringBroke will be just that. Boring and BROKE.
Bill January 02, 2014 at 06:22 PM
Kudo's to you " JustTired!" A representative from the village only has to drive past houses on any given night to see the 10 cars crammed in a driveway! Tax those people! A little bit of code enforcement for all the run down houses, big trucks and boats parked in the driveways and the people who park on the streets overnight knowing that, that code is no longer enforced would generate tons of money!

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