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Batavia Taxes Highest in Tri-Cities

Property tax bills are out. Once again, Batavia’s property taxes are higher than both Geneva and St. Charles. To see where we rank in Kane County, and for a link to view your taxes, please see the article on Kane County … Continue reading

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Taxpayer-Funded Health Insurance

The Batavia School District will vote on a health insurance contract tonight (4/23/19). This represents a large cost to taxpayers, one that keeps going up every year, even as enrollment is declining. Details are here. Sheet 1 has a summary … Continue reading

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Election Day

Election Day is tomorrow, April 2. For those who haven’t early voted, please get out and vote. Local government elections determine what local services you receive and at what cost— through your property taxes—with the School Board taking over 2/3 … Continue reading

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Shodeen, the Final Battle

Update: The Council would not postpone the vote and passed all measures unanimously. Final vote was taken at the City Council meeting. Tuesday night, 2/26/19, 7pm, the City Council COW will take up the matter of the soil contamination on … Continue reading

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“You will be assimilated. Resistance is futile.”

If you live in one of the unincorporated pockets of Batavia, the City is coming after you. For some, it could happen quickly; for others, it may take a while longer— but you will be annexed into the City of … Continue reading

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New Year, Same Old Story

Your taxes are going up. The School Board, as usual, increased their property tax levy the maximum amount. Enrollment is declining but taxes keep going up. The City Council increased taxes as well. The gasoline tax increased by 1 cent, … Continue reading

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Propositions Explained

There are 3 propositions on the Nov. 6 ballot for most residents of Batavia. In a nutshell, they are as follows: (CITY OF BATAVIA) This is a BINDING referendum. The City of Batavia became a Home Rule unit in 2009 … Continue reading

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Home Rule Forum

A video of the League of Women Voters forum on Home Rule is available from BATV here. The moderator from the non-partisan Citizens Advocacy Center did a nice job laying out the facts of home rule. Please be sure to … Continue reading

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Big City Salary Increase?

Update: This item was removed from the agenda at the meeting. On the City Council agenda tonight is a salary increase for City Administrator Laura Newman. It was originally scheduled for discussion at last week’s Committee of the Whole meeting, … Continue reading

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Home Rule Information Presentation

MARK YOUR CALENDARS for Monday, Sep. 17, 7pm, Batavia Library. Jim Tobin, economist and President of Taxpayers United of America will give a presentation on how Home Rule affects taxpayers. Mr. Tobin has spent decades fighting home rule throughout Illinois, … Continue reading

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