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Kane County Votes to Freeze Levy for 3rd Straight Year

The levy is set at $53.89 million, according to a Kane County press release.

Kane County has voted to freeze its property-tax levy for the third straight year, according to a press release issued Wednesday, Dec. 4, by County Board Chairman Chris Lauzen.

The County Board voted 19-2 on Nov. 12 to approve a balanced budget for fiscal 2014. The release says that means the property-tax levy will be frozen. According to a chart issued by the county, the aggregate levy is $53.89 million, compared to about $53.91 million the previous two years and $54.33 million three years ago.

From 2003 to 2009, the county's tax levy grew from $36.24 million to $52.58 million, in part because of increasing property values and growth of the tax base.

The levy figure does not include levies for special services areas. 

"From the initial meetings in early July through the budget document that was displayed to the public in late October, there has always been one consistently uncompromising parameter — the Kane County aggregate property tax levy would not be increased," the release said.

The release was signed by Lauzen, Executive Finance Director Joe Onzick, Kane County Auditor Terry Hunt, Finance Committee Chairman John Hoscheit and Kane County Treasurer Dave Rickert.

"Through the collective work of many, promises made to the taxpayers of Kane County have been promises kept," the release said

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