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Wheatland Township OKs tax levy of zero

<p>Corey R. Minkanic~For Sun-Times Media</p>

Corey R. Minkanic~For Sun-Times Media

By a unanimous vote, the Wheatland Township Board of Trustees has passed the township’s 2013 tax levy.

Total cost to property taxpayers: zero.

“This is the first time in the history of the township that residents have not been taxed by the township board,” read a statement by Wheatland Township Supervisor Chuck Kern.

Some current board members campaigned for office on a platform of consolidating township properties and not pursuing plans to build a new township headquarters.

Contacted later by telephone, Kern pointed out that the township board had kept its promise to taxpayers.

“We abated all of it down to zero,” he said.

Kern said the township has an ample supply of cash for operations for the coming year and would revisit the issue of funding during the next levy cycle.

“We’ll see where we stand next year,” he said.

Kern also pointed out that the township’s participation in Ride DuPage had actually increased by 100 percent, even with the current levy’s abatement coming in at close to $1 million.

He also said that the township was in the process of renovating its new headquarters at 4232 Town Court and that the consolidation process would ultimately save the taxpayers about $60,000 annually in rent.

“It’s been an exciting six months and we look forward to the next three and one-half years,” he said.

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