Orland Park's 2014 Budget, Tax Levy and Abatement Approved (Live Blog)

Orland Park's board will take a final vote on increased water rates at the Dec. 16 meeting. Read the live blog replay for more details from Monday night's meeting.


The Orland Park Village Board unanimously approved the 2014 budget Monday night, as well as the 2014 tax levy and tax abatements on seven bond series.

The tax levy is the same dollar amount as 2012 at $13,425,519. About $3.2 million was cut from the levy due to the abatement to keep it at 2012 numbers, according to village finance director Annmarie Mampe. 

The finance committee approved sending increased water rates for 2014 to the full board for a final vote on Dec. 16. The new rates will cost property owners who use about 10,000 gallons of water a month about another $50 per year.

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Orland Park along with four neighboring municipalities recently settled a long term water supply deal with Oak Lawn.

Between the costs associated with overhauling the current water system, and rising costs from the original Lake Michigan water sourcing via Chicago, local residents will likely be paying more for water in the next year.

For Orland Park water customers using about 10,000 gallons each month, they will be paying about $49.80 more for water in 2014 if the board approves the new rates, according to a village memo. About $26 of the increase comes from Chicago, $14 comes from Orland Park and $10 comes from Oak Lawn, according to the memo.

The village’s finance committee will be hearing details of the water rates during Monday night’s meeting.

Also, a public hearing is scheduled for 6:45 p.m. Monday for the village’s 2014 budget, before the full board vote later in the meeting.

Download agendas and meeting packets off the village’s website for further meeting details leading up.

The live blog through Cover It Live will provide minute-by-minute updates from the meeting on this page starting at 6 p.m. Look in the Cover It Live window, and you’ll see an area where you can join in and offer your comments. The same rules apply as on the site.

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