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Board Seeks Cut of Tax Levy Proposal

Mayor and Trustees also take a step closer to requiring Village’s businesses to recycle.

Calculating a lesser property tax levy increase and proceeding with potential commercial recycling were some of the directions Mayor Harriet Rosenthal and the Village Board of Trustees gave Village Manager Kent Street and his staff at Monday’s Committee of the Whole meeting.

After acting Finance Director Eric Burk told the Board the combined property tax levy for the Village and the Library of $10,140,832 would be more than five percent greater than a year ago, Trustee William Seiden asked why property taxes could not be frozen and reserves used instead.

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“Why can’t we hold our levy in place? How far can we keep our levy down and remain in a sound financial position?” Seiden asked Burk. “I know people who have to move out of the Village because they can’t afford the increase.”

Rosenthal told Seiden and the other Trustees the Village would take a much closer look at expenses for the next fiscal year’s budget. “We’ll do a line by line analysis of the budget,” she said. “You know what you have to do,” she added directing Burk to reduce the levy as much as possible before it is put to a vote by the Board.

Commercial Recycling Gets Closer

The Village has been seeking input from the business community for the last six months to determine the benefits of employing one commercial waste hauler and making recycling mandatory. The program was conducted by Jenny Maltas, the assistant to Street.

“It’s an opportunity to reduce the number of trucks in town and increase recycling,” Maltas said. “It’s a win-win in the best spirit of sustainability.”

Based on the experiences of Highland Park and Highwood—both communities have gone to the system—local businesses should see a cost savings as well as more waste is recycled, according to Walter Willis, the executive director of the Solid Waste Agency of Lake County.

Deerfield will develop a request for proposal to allow competing commercial haulers to bid on the Village’s contract. Once that is done, there must be a series of public hearings and a bidding process before any contact can be signed.

Trustees Give Direction on Other Subjects

The Trustees plan to take a closer look at installing charging stations for electric automobiles and study the use of robots to examine the condition of sewers to determine if repairs are necessary before a crisis lets the Village know.

There will also be a further examination of assigning a full time police officer from the Deerfield Police Department to Deerfield High School. If the move is made, the cost will be shared with Township High School District 113. Highland Park High School already has a person in that position.

The Board will also vote on an ordinance at an upcoming meeting to allow people to have chickens for the purpose of producing eggs. There will be no more than five permits allowed during the trial period.

Patch will have more detailed stories on these issues during the upcoming week.

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Beth November 27, 2012 at 01:52 PM
For clarification regarding the recycling proposal, I think the readers should know that one hauler bidding is the WORST way to go. What about businesses who want to choose their waste hauler , shop around for the best price???? We lose that option. Yeah we need to cut costs but why should it be at the expense of businesses losing their own individual freedoms to chose a hauler who gives them a better deal. That does not seem to me in the best interest of businesses who are trying to make it in these times. And who bring other revenue to our town in different capacities and lets not forget employment opportunities to local residences. And bidding opportunities? Who will the bidding opportunities go to? In my opinion, not the smaller garbage companies but instead the larger national companies like waste management who because of their monopoly on the industry will take over the industry. Mandating companies in our village to recycle (and enforcing) while allowing the Deerfield businesses to choose who they want to haul garbage is a responsible alternative instead of undermining our (what should be our legal) right to chose vendors. One more move (village of Deerfield) where you are contributing to the demise of family owned mom and pop businesses to potentially go belly up. Good job. Recycling is responsible. Undermine businesses right to choose is self servant .
RB November 27, 2012 at 02:09 PM
I'm encouraged to see Seiden stand up for reducing the property tax Levy. Reducing cost for local business is good too, if the approach does not add a layer of bureaucracy via the required recycle program. I'm discouraged that the board is spending their time and our resources studying chickens and charging stations when Rome is burning. Where's the discussion about rebuilding the retail business community in Deerfield? We've got lots of banks and now healthcare facilities (George's and Borders spaces) that don't pay sales tax. Build a sustainable retail tax base or the property taxes will continue to zoom out of control. Chickens? Really?
Steve Sadin (Editor) November 27, 2012 at 02:24 PM
Thanks for your comments, Beth. Tomorrow's story about commercial waste hauling will answer some of your questions.
Walter White November 27, 2012 at 02:46 PM
Chickens and Charging Stations was the name of my high school band. What a coincidence.
Beth November 27, 2012 at 03:10 PM
Steve, looking forward to seeing the article. Please share with the readers the flip side affect on smaller haulers who currently come in our town. Does the proposal really solidify a savings to businesses? What mandating action will be enforced? What if I have good reason not to use the awarded hauler? I am forced to use them anyway because the powers who decided and who incidentally benefit the most, tell me I have to? It's just wrong for the village to make the decision for a business owner. It should be our freedom to pick and choose. No matter how I look at it this is my strongest point. How many haulers will it affect who currently haul for local businesses in Deerfield? What about the contracts that stand with those companies? Will the village pay off contracts? If so, how much will it cost? Will the proposed savings gradually increase over the contract? Will some businesses such as Walgreens get extra savings than others? RB, they say savings to businesses with the new one hauler proposal - I say, I doubt it. Maybe it's 75 out today too.... Lol. I totally agree with you when you bring up the point of rebuilding retail. Our energy should target that failing capacity and should be our/their focus. It's no wonder why we have more banks then retail businesses. Lol
RB November 27, 2012 at 03:19 PM
I saw that band at Alpine Valley in 84!
RonnieTheLimoDriver November 27, 2012 at 08:53 PM
First, while we have serious problems, Rome is hardly burning. Deerfield is in much better financial shape than 75% or more of the municipalities in Illinois. I don't disagree that the current retail climate is a priority, but I think the village can handle more than 1 thing at a time. If I understand it correctly, the whole chicken thing came up because residents brought it up, not the board itself. This dates way back to the spring / summer time frame. Many places have changed the rules to allow chickens and there was a request for similar rules in Deerfield. Since there are already people here raising chickens "illegally" it was deemed a good idea to investigate further.
Jon Hall November 27, 2012 at 11:42 PM
Whoa, wait a second. Is this backwards day at camp again? Municipal budgeting, when done correctly, is supposed to be an on-going cyclical process. So how is it then that the board could be knocked off course or even surprised by increases just prior to election time so that Harriet can politicize the issue to make it appear that her leadership is something it is not. Overspending to the point of a 5% tax levy increase is indicative of a board which is insensitive and asleep at the switch.
Mike November 28, 2012 at 12:48 AM
Interesting that you advocate consumers having a choice.......too bad it doesn't carry through to all of your actions. The benefits of granting a local monopoly (lower cost and easier administration) should be passed down to the customer. The bargaining power of a larger customer base is far greater than on an individual basis. Did you have the same concerns when there was only 1 cable provider? 1 electric supplier? 1 gas supplier?
Resident November 29, 2012 at 03:59 PM
BETH is only saying all of this because her husband has a 49% interest in a commercial recycling plant. Nobody REALLY cares.
Walter White November 29, 2012 at 04:02 PM
Yeah something about her comments smelled wrong. That makes sense.
Beth November 30, 2012 at 11:53 PM
Resident: it's c & d recycling - that means construction debris. If you did your homework investigating me or my husband - you'd know that there is a huge difference . We don't recycle solid waste - or office paper- . Now if you want to get into my territory - construction debris - the village should require all dumpsters / contractors to recycle torn down houses and construction. But they don't . And that my friend- if they did would be huge revenue for what I do and those who chose to be in this industry. So please I beg you- don't insult me my integrity. It makes you look not nice. It must be gratifying in some little person way to claim you and white know me. I also suggest instead of being contray before really reading my response you should know the facts. Come see for yourself what we do- I have nothing to hide. And once you do- you will see how invalid and far from the truth you are. It's my invitation. Please accept. Learn. And then post an opinion that speaks ive been educated.
Beth December 01, 2012 at 12:01 AM
Mike - why don't you be a man and say exactly what you are referring to so at least a girl has a chance to defend ?
Beth December 01, 2012 at 12:48 AM
I know who resident is!!!! I just figured it out. Good (not) cover.
Beth December 01, 2012 at 12:55 AM
Listen haters , the village is going to get huge "rebates" for signing an exclusive contract. And when they do ill buy drinks for everyone (except resident;) if your taxes go down. In Chicago these rebates are called "pay to play". And people go to jail because of it. But since its called "rebate" it's legal- really?!
Walter White December 01, 2012 at 12:58 AM
Thanks but since you're in Northbrook let us handle it. Maybe you should concentrate on spicing up the bland food at Italian Kitchen so it doesn't just appeal to seniors. If they make more money then they can pay for recycling.
Beth December 01, 2012 at 01:17 AM
For the record -again, if you knew me I own a building in Deerfield. Do you even have a business here? Doubt you do. Restaurant comment- ouch ! I'd stoop but you're not worth it- in fact you shouldn't be allowed to comment as I'm sure patch didn't make this comment option to be so unproductive as allowing people of your ummmm caliber on here. So , does that mean you're not coming for dinner or for a tour of the recycling plant? Shucks.

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