WESTFIELD - Village of Westfield residents are looking at a 3.48 percent tax increase in the village's 2012-13 budget.
The budget totals $2,249,706 and includes a $42,890 increase in the tax levy. The village's tax rate will be $10.04 per $1,000 of assessed valuation.
However, the increase is $140 under the village's calculated 2 percent tax cap amount. The general fund budget does not include water, electric, or sewer budgets. The budget was passed unanimously with no discussion.
"I think the village of Westfield has done very good by their residents in keeping the percentage of the tax rate livable and the tax rate livable," said David Carr, village mayor. "I think it's a very good budget with what we had to work with."
The public hearing and passage of the budget occurred on April 2, as the village's re-organizational meeting is always held on the first Monday in April. The village board agreed to dates for budget sessions, the re-organizational meeting and a public hearing on the budget at its February meeting, and a legal notice was published in early March in a local daily paper listing those dates. However, there was no resolution at any previous village board meeting setting or announcing this special meeting.