As I write this we have recently completed the levy for the Township. We will levy 99% of last year’s levy in 2014, meaning that our revenue will decrease and so will the amount of tax that residents who live in the Township will pay. This decrease is due to the fact that the EAV (equalized assessed value) of property in Champaign has decreased. Since we have decided to keep the same rate as last year, the amount taxed on property has decreased.
Lower taxes is a double edged sword. Residents of the Township are delighted to see a lower tax. Unfortunately, the cost of doing business is always increasing and this holds true for the Township as well. The majority of the Township’s funding is property tax. Fortunately, we have tightened our belt where we could over the last 6 months and have saved tens of thousands of dollars just in “house keeping”, finding services at a lower price and shopping around when we can. We continue to provide services to those we serve and continue to search for new ways to serve our residents.
In partnership with St. Patrick’s Church, we will be providing our clients dinners for Thanksgiving. Every client that wants a basket will receive one, ensuring everybody on General Assistance has a good Thanksgiving meal.
Lastly, I encourage everyone to follow us on Facebook (City of Champaign Townships) and Twitter @cctownship. During the month of November, all new “likes” and “follows” will be tallied. At the end of the month, I will personally donate $1 (up to $500) to the United Way of Champaign County for all new “likes” and “follows” of the Township’s social media. As I write this we have had 13 new follows on Twitter and 16 likes on Facebook. The United Way provides funding and assistance to many social service agencies in Champaign County and with their leadership and support provide basic needs to those in our community that are most at risk.
As always, if you should have any questions, concerns, or just want to drop me a note, my email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
From the Desk of The Supervisor