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Chicago Heights Star (Newspaper) - August 2, 1979, Chicago Heights, Illinois
Bloom township Board to View building plans by Margaret Seltzner Bloom township officials this month will View preliminary sketches of a proposed new town Hall a a step it has taken Quot them More than three years to take. The Board has been planning a new building for township services since 1976, but has encountered a series of obstacles in its quest for new offices. Everything from site selection to zoning to Cost has posed problems for the two Bloom boards which have been in office during the planning phase. During their August 14 meeting township officials will examine preliminary sketches done by the architectural firm hired last year to design the building Belaskas Bittner and Detella. Township supervisor Raymond Bruno the Only member of the Bloom Board who has been in office throughout the years of planning for the new town Hall said this week he Hopes to see bids let this year for the project. Earlier this summer the architect proposed to the Board that drawings be completed for the Winter months when construction bids Are most advantageous for the builder. Bruno said the Board will View preliminary sketches August 14, make whatever changes or suggestions trustees agree upon then aim for completion of final drawings by Early fall. The supervisor said he Hopes for bid letting this Winter ground breaking next Spring and completion of the building in the Spring of 1981. The proposed town Hall will be about 15,000 Square feet in size and will be located on Halsted Street across from Prairie state College. Location of the building has been a major problem for Bloom township officials since 1976 when they first announced their intentions to construct new quarters. The Board in office in 1976 originally wanted to refurbish the former Chicago Heights City Hall facility old Bloom building on Chicago Road at route 30, and even produced a study showing that plan to be feasible. When old Bloom was razed the township Board sought to build its new Hall on the site of old Bloom but that location was Given to the Chicago Heights Park District for its new recreation Center what followed was a lengthy site Selec Tion process tinged with some anger from township officials who wanted the Chicago Road site when the Bloom Board after a search of the entire township chose the Halsted Street site across from Prairie state College City officials reacted negatively. Bloom officials were told the City would prefer the new town Hall to be located in downtown Chicago Heights an continued on Page 4 a Star publication Chicago Heights Star 72 pages�?6 sections thursday August 2, 1979 25 cents per copy 79th year no. 36 Bills in mail real estate tax rates fore ode increases Glenn Glinke of Northern Illinois Cablevision inc., demonstrates some of the equipment available in the company a Mobile studio. The demonstration was part of the company a presentation to Park Forest Village officials recently during a Public hearing that featured four Cable television companies. By Robert Banser the second instalment 1978 property tax Bills Are in the mail and they will not be welcomed at most Homes in this area Chicago Heights residents for the most part will be receiving increases ranging from one to three per cent Over last years Bills the Only exception will be the Beacon Hill Forest Heights Section where the Bills will reflect a slight decrease. Other area taxpayers will not be so Lucky. In Steger the rate jumped 13 per cent while the East Chicago Heights rate increase was nearly double that the largest percentage increase in Cook county will be Felt by East Chicago Heights property owners the rate in that Community jumped a whopping 23 67 per cent from $8.27 per $100 of equalized assessed valuation to $10.23 biggest reason for that increase is taxes for the Village government up from $1.09 in 1977 to a rate of $2.84 per $100 equalized assessed valuation in 1978 that $2 84 rate is higher than rates for such larger cities and villages As Chicago Heights Homewood and Park Forest. The East Chicago Heights municipal rate is higher than that of any other Munici mull Cable to options by Margaret Seltzner while most South suburban municipalities Are besieged with Cable television franchise proposals this summer. Park Forest is studying Cable to in a manner unlike most of its neighbors some of the things Park Forest has done this summer in response to Cable to proposals appear to be unique in the South suburban area first the Village created an and hoc Cable television task Force composed of Village residents some with knowledge and experience in the communications Field by comparison some South suburban municipalities Are relying on members of the Village Board or City Council to sift through the Cable to proposals and make recommendations to the full Board or Council. Next the task Force in Park Forest has set about to educate itself in the relatively new area of Cable to. Part of the education was a recent Public hearing at Freedom Hall in the Village during which All Cable companies proposing systems to the Village made Public presentations. Representatives of those companies were grilled by both task Force members and members of the general Public during the hearing. In contrast other municipalities have heard presentations by Cable companies during regular meetings of the Village Board or City Council or else in informal unannounced sessions of trustees in either Case the Public was Nei promote assistant to head District 169 East Chicago Heights school District 169 has named assistant superintendent Shirl Edward Gilbert la As superintendent to succeed retiring or. Samuel Shepard or. Gilbert who served the District since 1972 As guidance Counselor and administrative assistant to the superintendent before his promotion to assistant superintendent was chosen by a search committee of the Illinois association of school boards out of a Field of nine finalists for the superintendent position he is a product of the Banneker school District in St Louis where he served As teacher and principal and where retiring superintendent Shepard achieved International recognition for his innovative practices in raising achievement Levels for minority students. Gilbert received his a degree from Harris teachers College. St Louis and his a degree in educational administration from Southern Illinois University. He is in the final Yeai of his doctoral degree studies at Purdue University with completion expected in the Spring of 1980 last month Gilbert was the recipient of the american association of school administrators Worth Mcclure scholarship award for leadership in the Field of Educa Tion. The award is made annually to a practising administrator pursuing his ph.d., who has exemplified himself in school and in the Field As a Leader and a Shirl Gilbert contributor to the educational process and who receives nomination by the educational administration department of his University. Gilbert has already started on his new duties and is now working on the organization of curricula and staff in preparation for the new school year which begins on september 4. Gilbert and his wife Dora reside in Matteson ther notified nor invited specifically to hear the presentations and question the Cable companies. Still another aspect of Cable deliberations in Park Forest will be visits by the task Force to Cable systems already in operation in the Midwest and reports Back to the Village Board on the Success. Or failure of existing Cable systems finally Cable to deliberations in Park Forest do not Center on which company to Grant the franchise As is the Case in most other area suburbs in Park Forest the task Force is charged with first deciding whether or not Park Forest even wants Cable to. If the answer is affirmative the task Force will draft a franchise ordinance seek proposals from As Many Asio companies and recommend to the Village Board an appropriate company. Perhaps part of the reason for such care in Cable to discussions in Park Forest is the fact that Cable companies have informally targeted that Village Chicago Heights Homewood and Matteson As prime areas for a franchise some companies reason that if they obtain franchises in one or More preferably More of those target towns they will end up getting the franchises from surrounding smaller towns because competing companies will not a a bother a with the smaller towns Cable companies addressing Park foresters during the recent Public hearing denied that though admitted the extent of Cable television service May be determined by the amount of business that company is doing locally. The Park Forest task Force is headed by or Melvin Muchnik who is chairman of governors state University a Media communications department asked if the Quality of Cable to service in Park Forest depends on a company getting several franchises in the South suburbs he admitted the Cable companies a Are hedging a bit on that during the hearing for example several company representatives hinted at a a possible establishment of a local television studio in each town with a franchise with a Given company As Well As a local business office and use of a Mobile to studio in that town others noted it would be a economically feasible to provide those services if it had other franchises in the area. Quot certainly it would be More economically viable for a company to have several franchises in a Given area a Muchnik said a but the company will have to meet continued on Page 4> Pality in Bloom township reported reasons for the dramatic jump in the East Chicago Heights rates Are pension fund and insurance increases. One Factor which helped push All the local tax rates up was the successful Prairie state College referendum of May 1978 the colleges tax rate for operational funds jumped from approximately 23 cents per $100 equalized assessed valuation to 28 cents a an increase of five cents per $100 equalized assessed valuation tax rates for Cook county communities were released this week by Stanley t Kusper jr., Cook county clerk who pointed out that the East Chicago Heights increase was really an exceptional Case As most tax rates generally went up one half to three per cent for an individual Home owner to figure out his rate he should take the assessed valuation of his Home and multiply it by i 4966, the equalization Factor set by the state this should yield a figure equal to approximately one Quarter of the Market value of the Home next the Home owner should multiply that figure by the property tax rate. This will yield the total amount of his tax Bill for the year Bills being received in the mail now reflect the second instalment Bill the first instalment Bill paid earlier this year was equal to half of last years Bill. This Bill represents the total tax Bill for the year minus what was paid As the first instalment deadline for paying the Bills is August 31. After that Date there will be a penalty of one per cent added for each month the tax Bill payment is delinquent Chicago Heights is divided into several different school districts the Beacon Hill Forest Heights Section is part of Park Forest school District 163 and Rich township High school District 227 the rate in that area of the City decreased from $11 74 in 1977 to $11 67 How Ever that is still one of the highest rates in Cook county the rate for the Section of Chicago Heights in Flossmoor school District 161 and Bloom township High school District 206 increased by about one per cent from $10 27 to $10.39. In the area of Chicago Heights within school District 161 and Horn Weed fun Moor High school District 233, the rate increased 2.4 per cent from $10 56 to $10.81 per $100 equalized assessed valuation. For the part of Chicago Heights in Glenwood school District 167, the rate increased about 2.5 per cent from $9 52 to 9 76 the majority of Chicago Heights is located in elementary school District 170. For those property owners the new Bills will reflect an increase of slightly More than three per cent from $9 62 to $9.93 per $100 of equalized assessed valuation villages schools contribute to Rise As Many area Home owners open their real estate tax Bills this week they will be confronted with an increase Over last years Bill and they will be asking Why their rate has gone up and which governmental units Are the culprits. If they live in Steger or East Chicago Heights their Village governments Are How tax Bills recalculated to figure out the tax Bill for your own property take the assessed valuation of your Home or business and multiply it by the states equalization Factor of i 4966 in Cook county this should equal about one Quarter of the actual Market value of your Home since the tax rate is based on a figure per $100 of equalized assessed valuation the next step is to Divide the equalized assessed valuation by too. That figure should then be multiplied by the tax rate for your area which is an accumulation of tax rates for the different governmental bodies affecting that area Village government school districts Park districts Etc. As an example for a House in the school District 170 portion of Chicago Heights the Market value might be about $40,000 but the assessed valuation is $6,682 multiplying the latter figure by the equalization Factor. 1 4966, yields $10,000 As the equalized assessed valuation that figure is then divided by too yielding too next too is multiplied by the rate of $9.93. This yields a total 1978 tax Bill of $993 however the first instalment half of last years Bill in this example Case $475 has already been paid so the Home owner now owes $518 the biggest culprits. The East Chicago Heights Village rate increased $1 75 from $1 09 in 1977 to $2 84 per $100 of equalized assessed valuation in 1978 pension fund and insurance increases Are the reported reasons in Steger the Village rate jumped 63 cents from $1.30 in 1977 to $1.93 in 1978 by comparison most other municipal rates increased less than to cents. The City of Chicago Heights rate increased about two cents the Glenwood rate decreased by about three cents school districts were other big contributors to the tax rate hikes for residents of the North end of Chicago Heights living in the Homewood Flossmoor High school District their Bills will reflect a 16-cent increase in the rate the Homewood Flossmoor District 233 rate increased from $2.80 to $2 96 Chicago Heights residents living w within the boundaries of elementary school District 170, will experience a 15-cent in crease As the District 170 rate increased from $2 64 to $2 79 an even bigger increase was recorded in Steger South Chicago Heights elementary school District 194 the rate increased by nearly 22 cents from $2.32 to $2.54 for the 1978 Bills. Tax rate for Sandridge school District 172 in the Lynwood area increased 45 cents from $2.28 to $2.73 the Prairie state College District 515 tax rate increased by five cents from 23 cents to 28 cents primarily As a result of last year s successful referendum for the College District. Meanwhile other school districts recording increases included Glenwood District 167, eight cents from $2.53 to $2.61, and Sauk Village District 168, four cents from $2.81 to $2.85 residents in Park Forest school District 163 got some Good news however As in that District the rate decreased 22 cents from $4.55 to $4.33. The news was also Good in District 161 where the rate decreased four cents from $3.29 to $3 25 per $100 of equalized assessed valuation. Deadline for payment of the tax Bills is August 31 after that Date there continued on Page 4 1 in the Section of Glenwood in school District 167, the rate increased by about three per cent from $7.75 to $7 99 in the school District 153 Section of the Village the rate increase was More than five per cent from $8 57 to $9.02 other local communities also showed increases. In the Bloom High school District 206 Section of Lynwood there was a rate increase of More than eight per cent from $7 41 to $8.03 in the school District 215 Section of that Village the rate jumped three per cent from $7 87 to $8 13 for Sauk Village the rate increased about one per cent from $9 87 to $9 98 South Chicago Heights is another Community which is split into two school districts the District 170 Section received an increase of five per cent from $7 35 to $7 74. While the District 194 Section had an increase of More than six per cent from $7.04 to $7 48 in the Cook county Section of Steger there was an increase of nearly 13 per cent from $7 77 to $8 77. The Overall tax rates for the various areas Are figured by adding together the rates for the Village or City the county school districts township governments and other special taxing bodies ranging from Library and Park districts to Forest continued on Page 4inside the Star Inners St James hospitals classic ii Golf and Tennis tournament was a Success a for both the top competitors who won prizes in last weeks event and for the Hospital in terms of donations for St. James improvements. Story and photos on Page when Noreen Haiduk of Flossmoor tackles a do it yourself Home decorating she does not fool around with few tools and no prior experience she has built Walls knocked Down Walls and totally transformed her Home with Low Cost but ingenious projects her tips for Quot really cheap decorating Are on Page 25.car deals in the Market for an automobile0 Check the deals being of i feed in the spectacular automotive Marathon Sale feature in today a classified Section. Page 47. Ii a a Alc Page classified advertising business directory.37-51 dining entertainment 34-35 editorials.14 especially for women.25-32 food guide.61-72 the hot corner.53 movies.34 news Roundup. 5 obituaries. 6 sports.53-59 peeves amp cues.33
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