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St. Charles aldermen support tax abatement

St. Charles aldermen on Monday unanimously supported a resolution to abate a portion of the city's annual property tax levy.

At a committee meeting, Finance Director Chris Minick said the abatement of the city's debt service levy would amount to about $9.1 million.

"The city has a long standing history of abating or removing these property taxes from our tax levy thereby removing them from the property tax bills of our residents," Minick said.

Aldermen voted in favor of the resolution with no discussion.

Last month, the City Council unanimously approved an annual tax levy of about $21.8 million — a 6.4 percent decrease from the 2012 levy. This year's total levy includes an operational tax levy of roughly $12 million, the debt service levy and levies in special service areas.

The operational levy primarily funds the city's regular operations out of its general fund.

The full council is expected to vote on the resolution at its next meeting Jan. 21. Also on the agenda for next week is an amendment to the city's liquor code that would establish a baseline closing time of midnight for bars and some restaurants and give licensees the option of staying open later at a higher cost.

In other business, the City Council approved a resolution proposed by Mayor Ray Rogina to increase the membership of the city's Board of Fire and Police Commission from three members to five, as well as Rogina's appointments for those two positions: Clifford Carrignan, who served as a Ward 2 alderman for eight years, and resident Dianne Kellett.

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