MAHOMET — Pending final approval by the Village of Mahomet Board of Trustees, residents in three newly annexed areas of town could receive tax rebates from the village for the next three years.
Those residents will be responsible for requesting the rebates, trustees noted during a study session on Tuesday night.
“The burden is on them,” noted trustee Bill Oliger.
Portions of Briar Cliff subdivision, Summit Ridge subdivision and Robinson Properties were annexed into the village limits by an April 24 vote by the board. The decision was hotly debated by residents, and all of those who spoke out prior to the vote did not want their property annexed.
Some residents threatened to sue the village over the annexations, but no such lawsuit has yet been filed.
On Tuesday, trustees agreed to move to the consent agenda for their Sept. 24 regular meeting a resolution that authorizes the refund of village taxes to those property owners whose land was annexed in the spring. Each area is under a separate ordinance, and the rebates may be issued for up to three years.
Village attorney Joe Chamley reviewed the resolution with trustees and village President Sean Widener. The move requires that landowners sign a document saying that they will not sue the village over the annexations. If just one homeowner in any of the three locations opts to file a lawsuit against the village over the annexations, all property owners under that ordinance would not receive the rebates, Chamley explained.
For example, if a Briar Cliff resident opts to go to court to fight the annexation, no Briar Cliff property owners would be able to receive the rebates, according to the city attorney. That would not affect Summit Ridge or Robinson Properties, under this example.
Property owners have within the tax year to ask for a rebate. They must provide proof that their taxes have been paid and then the village will issue a check to refund its portion of the property tax bill, Chamley said.
Widener noted that the rebates aren’t something the village is required to do, but, if approved, will be voluntary by trustees.
“There’s no obligation on the corporate authority, being the Village of Mahomet, to do anything (in the way of tax rebates),” he said. “This is something that we felt very strongly about ... the idea there was to ease the burden or transition into the village tax structure.”
In other action Tuesday, during their study session, trustees agreed to move to the consent agenda a video gaming ordinance amendment that allows six terminals, instead of five, at sites within Mahomet that have these games. The move also agrees to up to 10 terminals for a large truck stop, although Mahomet does not have a large truck stop at this time. The changes are due to state lawmakers’ moves to increase the video gaming machine numbers allowed.
The village board also advanced to its consent agenda a move to connect the Mahomet Parks & Recreation Department facilities at 218 South Lake of the Woods Road to Sangamon Valley Public Water District. The cost to do so is expected to be more than $13,000.