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Carterville leaders pass 30 percent property tax increase

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UPDATE 11/13/18 at 10:43 P.M.:

CARTERVILLE, Ill.--  Homeowners in Carterville, will need to pay 30% more in property taxes. Tuesday, the City Council voted seven-to-one to approve that increase, despite neighbors' concerns. 

Carterville Mayor Brad Robinson held a public hearing Tuesday night to explain why the council would vote to approve a 30% property tax increase.

But Homeowners didn't like the explanation. Robinson said, "The state of Illinois is required of all municipalities with police and fire pensions that they have to be 90% funded by the year 2045."

When the city's population increased above 5,000 people in 2010; it forced the city to pay more into police and fire pensions. Mayor Robinson says previous property tax increases were below five percent.

This year state officials told him the city had to pay more than twice as much into the funds.  

The property tax increase will take effect for the 2019 taxes. The Carterville Mayor said if any resident here is still opposed; the best thing to do is contact your congressman and tell them about the increase. 

ORIGINAL STORY 11/12/18 at 7:08 P.M.:

CARTERVILLE, Ill. -- People living in Carterville should prepare for a property tax increase.

The city council plans to hold a public hearing on a possible 30.6 percent tax increase Tuesday.

That's only on the city's portion of your property tax bill.

Carterville Mayor Brad Robinson said for example, a person with a home valued at $129,000 would likely pay $53 more.

He said the increase is for police and fire pensions. Last year, the funding dedicated to police pensions alone was about $122,000. This year, it's more than $271,000.

Carterville police and fire pensions used to be a part of the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund, but state law says cities with more than 5,000 people have to create their own police and fire pension boards.

The 2010 Census recorded more than 5,600 residents.

Robinson said actuaries from the state told him the city has to pay more. He believes that's due to recent retirements, although the actuaries didn't give him a reason.

Robinson said the city has been able to keep property tax increases below five percent in the years following the 2010 Census, but he's not sure that level of funding can be sustained.

"I can honestly see, certainly in my lifetime and maybe within my tenure with the city of Carterville, that we could easily get to a place where we have more retirees than we have (people) working," Robinson said. "And to me, that's a recipe for disaster for our pension funds and for the taxpayers."

The public hearing will be at city hall Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.

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