New Lenox residents to get tax rebate checks

March 1, 2011 5:54:41 AM PST
Southwest suburban New Lenox property owners will have some more spending money soon.

Trustee David Butterfield said Monday night that property tax rebate checks are scheduled to be mailed today to residents.

Butterfield said nearly 6,000 checks have been issued in an average amount of $112. The total cost to the village is $562,000. The rebate is equal to one-third of the village portion of the property tax bill.

Village officials promised taxpayers a 25 percent annual rebate if they approved home rule status for New Lenox in a November 2008 referendum.

The village board, using its home rule power, imposed a 1 percent village sales tax, effective July 1, 2009, to raise revenue and more than offset the reduced property tax revenue. Trustees said most of the higher sales tax would be paid by non-residents.

The rebate is the first issued by the village since the passage of home rule.

-- SouthtownStar

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire - Copyright Chicago Sun-Times 2011.)