Monday, December 12, 2011
The Geneva City Council bucked the staff-recommended levy total Monday night, passing an ordinance that asks for essentially the same levy number as last year.
In a lot of ways, Monday night's City Council vote to hold the line on the 2011 tax levy was as much symbolic as it was an indicator of how much cash you'll have in your wallet next year. When it comes down to it, the difference between the amount OK'd by the council and the amount previously recommended by staff translates to about $10 a year for the owner of a $300,000 home. For the city itself, it means about $72,000 less to play with in next year's budget. But for the aldermen who voted on the levy—and for a lot of residents feeling the pinch of a down economy—it meant much more. "Where I come from, ($72,000) is not a drop in the bucket," said Russell Lefevre, a Keim Circle resident who adressed the council Monday night. "Drip by drip…
Sunday, December 11, 2011
The Geneva City Council likely will take a final vote on the tax levy at a special meeting Monday, Dec. 12, following the regular Committee of the Whole meeting.
The city of Geneva will hold a special meeting Monday, Dec. 12, to take a vote on the city's tax levy. Last week, the levy vote ended in deadlock twice, with Mayor Kevin Burns casting the tie votes. In the first motion, the council took a vote that would have kept the tax levy at the 2010 level. The second motion was to increase the levy by about 2.4 percent. Both ended in a 5-5 tie. The next regularly scheduled City Council meeting is Dec. 19. Here's the agenda for the special meeting, which can be found on the city of Geneva website. GENEVA CITY COUNCIL MEETING AGENDA Electronic versions of City Council Meeting packets will be available in Adobe Acrobat PDF format the morning of the meeting athttp://www.geneva.il.us/agendas/cc.pdf. To …
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Assistant Superintendent Donna Oberg lists four options. A property tax increase for a home valued at $288,000 would range from $307 to $403 in any of the four options.
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Per Illinois statute, the district is required to file a tax levy by the last Tuesday in December. The levy sets forth the maximum receipts that can be received from property taxation in a given year. The actual levy rate is determined in the spring in the assessment process. While the levy is filed by fund, it is limited in aggregate by the Property Tax Extension Limitation Act (PTELL). New property (construction) must be levied higher than anticipated in order to capture all new growth as it comes on the tax books because, once lost, it can never be recaptured. The district’s levy request for the 2011 tax year will be adopted at the December 12, Board of Education meeting. The total levy request for 2011 is $77,844,981, representing a …
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Homecoming involves more than the traditional King and Queen, and escorts! Geneva High School also conducts mock elections, bestowing various senior boys and girls with such awards as "worst driver."
Homecoming is by now fading into memory. Facebook is filled with beaming boys and girls, dressed to the nines and ready to enjoy the Homecoming Dance. While store windows on Sunday morning still were painted, chances are those windows will soon be clean as a whistle. Before before consigning Geneva High School Homecoming 2011 to scrapbooks, let’s pause a moment to remember certain moments. For example: Mady Temple, scorer (according to Patch editor Rick Nagel) of the game-winning touchdown in the Powder Puff football game? That gung-ho attitude, obviously evident much earlier in her high school career, earned her the “Most School Spirit” award from her peers. Her male counterpart was Trevor Block. Each year, before the crowning of the …
Friday, October 7, 2011
Here's a look at the beautiful 81-degree perfect 2011 Homecoming parade.
Just for fun, I checked out what Geneva Patch posted for last year's Homecoming parade was not terribly surprised to find I wrote something schmaltzy about how the kids from the Class of 2010 who participated in the parade will never forget it, yadda yadda, bla bla bla. Guess what? It's still saccharin sentimentality, but it's also sweetly true. I talked with people last year who were celebrating their 50th reunion—including my beautiful sister, Tinya (Hi, Sis!)—and they all still remember the parade as if it were yesterday. I also fondly recall some of the slides of my siblings' Homecoming parades, which we used to watch on the extraordinarily pre-digital family projector. Big, finned automobiles, sunny skies, floats, bands—all very 1960-…
There is much to cheer about in Geneva.
In addition to the flash mob, bonfire and announcement of the Homecoming court, there was a ton or great music, dancing and cheering at Thursday night's pep rally at Burgess Field. As of this writing, there's a lot more in store, including the Homecoming parade at 2 p.m., the football games at 5 p.m. (sophomores) and 7:30 p.m. (varsity) and the Saturday night Homecoming dance. If fact, there are so many kids coming to the dance—more than 1,440—that GHS is seeking additional parent volunteers to help out. You don't have to actually chaperone, you can work the door or crowd control, but any and all volunteer assistance would be appreciated. Contact the high school for more information. Tune in to Geneva Patch for more Homecoming coverage …
Monday, August 22, 2011
The opposition won't be any easier for the 2011 Viking football team, but the travel time will.
Geneva Let's Go, Geneva Let's Go, To Opponents Our Strength Show ... Sorry, just getting warmed up for the fall sports season. Specifically, the football season, which starts Friday, believe it or not. Last year's opening of the football season took us to two nonconference away games—and two losses—at Rock Island and Morgan Park. This year, the farthest a football fan has to travel for any of the first six games—count 'em, six—is St. Charles. The Vikings finish the regular season with away games against South Elgin and Larkin, but from a purely travel perspective, it's a comfortable commute for all nine games. All varsity games start (tentatively) at 7:30 p.m. Fridays, except the South Elgin game at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15. I will say …
Thursday, July 7, 2011
Handbag enthusiasts will enjoy a fall 2011 design release and don't forget to nominate your real-life super heroes for the Kane County Cougars.
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Thursday, July 7, 2011
Downtown Geneva has some interesting events going on today. You don't have to go far to attend two special events; a fall 2011 handbag collection and a book signing from a local artist. If ladies purses aren't of interest, then the Classic Car Show tonight (Thursday) might be more up your alley. And, stop in to a Geneva wine bar to celebrate the fine wines of Spain during the Running of the Bulls. Here are our 5 favorite events today: 1. Join The Little Traveler for two events today: 2. Today is the deadline for real-life "Super-Hero" nominations as part of the Kane County Cougars Super Heroes Night on Friday, July 15. Fans are asked to submit stories, 200 words or less, of someone in the community who has made a lasting impact on …