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3-4 New Schools? Virtual Q&A Tonight

The Batavia School District is looking to tear down 4 elementary schools and build 3-4 new ones. Enrollment is declining. There are no cost estimates yet. They are having a virtual Q&A tonight (4/26) at 6pm (registration required). They have a … Continue reading

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Local Elections 2021

Tomorrow, April 6, are the 2021 Consolidated Elections. PLEASE VOTE!!! There are only 3 contested races for Batavia residents: City Council Wards 6 and 7 and Waubonsee Community College Board of Trustees. All other offices have candidates running unopposed. Sample … Continue reading

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$5 Million Shed

The City Council COW approved, by a vote of 8-4, a purchase agreement for a building on Raddant for storing equipment, and will finalize that vote Monday night (3/1), 7:30pm. The building, assessed at $2.975 million, will be purchased for $3.55 million, … Continue reading

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$5 Million Shed???

Item 7 on Tuesday’s Batavia City Council Committee of the Whole Agenda is discussion geared toward purchasing property for $5 million. Bonds would be issued that would be paid with an INCREASE IN PROPERTY TAXES. The agenda document basically says … Continue reading

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Monday—Shodeen TIF/Apartments Final Vote

Update: The TIF District passed 8-7, with the Council tied and Mayor Schielke breaking the tie in favor. YES: Baerren, O’Brien, Cerone, McFadden, Russotto, Chanzit, Wolff, Schielke NO: Callahan, Meitzler, Malay, Uher, Miller, Beck, Knopp Final vote of the City … Continue reading

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Local Elections April 2021

Elections have consequences. Your property taxes are the result of local elections. This is where your property taxes went this past year (rounded): School District 67%City 8%Park District 6%Waubonsee 6%Library 5%Kane County 4%Forest Preserve 2%Township 1%Township Road .5% School Board … Continue reading

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City Budget, Tax Levy, Pay Raises

Update: Everything passed. Aldermen Callahan and Meitzler held firm against the pay raises. Tonight (12/7) at 7:30pm, The Batavia City Council is set to approve a budget, tax levy, and 2.5% pay raises for non-union employees. Based on last week’s … Continue reading

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Tuesday: Shodeen TIF, water rate increase, pay raises

Tuesday night, 7pm, the Batavia City Council Committee of the Whole has a full agenda to discuss, including: the next steps in the creation of a new TIF for Shodeen to build his massive taxpayer-subsidized apartment complex 3% water rate … Continue reading

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Want to Run for Office?

The next local elections are April 6, 2021. If you would like to run for School Board, Mayor, City Council, City Clerk, City Treasurer, Park Board, Library Board, Township Board, or Community College Board, petitions must be filed by December 21 (filing … Continue reading

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School Tax Levy Tuesday

The Batavia School Board will be voting on its 2020 (payable 2021) tax levy Tuesday night, 11/17, 7pm. Agenda here: https://go.boarddocs.com/il/bps101/Board.nsf/Public. As usual, they will be increasing taxes by the maximum allowed by law, so your property taxes will be going up. From the … Continue reading

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