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Batavia 2020 City Budget Public Hearing

There is a public hearing on the City of Batavia’s 2020 Proposed Budget on Tuesday, 11/12, 7pm, City Council Chambers. Something has happened to the City Council’s secretary, because the minutes from meetings have gone from fantastic to practically useless. Agendas have … Continue reading

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Union, Health, and Budget Review

Regarding tonight’s School Board meeting, please attend if you are able, or you can use the button at right to submit comments to the Board. If you haven’t had a chance to read the documents before tonight’s meeting, one of … Continue reading

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Teachers Union Contract, Health Insurance, Budget

Tomorrow, Monday 9/30, 5:00pm —a loaded school board meeting: teachers union contract, health insurance contract, district budget. If you plan to attend, NOTE THE TIME is 5:00pm. Here are the district’s summaries— Union contract: The recommended Negotiated Agreement would create a new 4-year contract with … Continue reading

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Should Batavia Allow “Pot” Shops?

Short summary of the meeting: Mayor Schielke will veto any ordinance that proposes allowing marijuana dispensaries in Batavia, necessitating 10 aldermen (out of 14) to override him. Most aldermen seem to favor pot shops. A couple of aldermen want to … Continue reading

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School District Tentative 2020 Budget on Display

Tentative Budget for 2020 is on display in the July 23, 2019 Board documents. The state form is here. Schedule from website: July 23, 2019 – Discuss and place a tentative budget on public display. August 20, 2019 – Hold a public hearing … Continue reading

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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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