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Orland Park Trustees to Vote on $2.5 Million Property Tax Rebate

Now the whole board has to vote on the rebate plan, after the finance committee looked it over at Monday night’s Orland Park Village Board Meeting.

Update, 10:55 p.m. Monday, July 2, 2012

Orland Park residents are one vote away from receiving a property tax rebate from the village, for the first time since 2009.

The village’s finance committee gave the go-ahead for the full board to take a vote on a $2.5 million rebate of property taxes, culled from a handful of capital projects that were under budget, and other sources. About $490,000 came from selling land on the southeast corner of 143rd Street and LaGrange Road to Marquette Bank, while construction on the intersection had just under $382,000 that can be put into the rebate. (Look at the attached document to see the full list of savings sources)

The average return if 19,000 applicants send in for the rebate would be about $137 per household, Orland Park Finance Director Annmarie Mampe said during Monday night’s committee meeting.

“In 2009 we rescinded it, but not forever,” Mampe said. “That wasn’t the plan. We’re comfortable that we have the savings to fund the rebate.”

The rebate can be paid out in two ways. If about 19,000 people apply for the rebate, then they can receive $137 across the board, or a specific amount that is comparable to a property’s equalized assessed value can be factored.

Trustee Brad O’Halloran said he is in favor of the equal rebate for all applicants, in part because it will be a simpler payout to administer.

Mampe said they will work toward setting up the application process to be done electronically, but that would mean uploading electronic versions of personal documents.

“We just have to work around how we can attach documents,” Mampe said. “Not everyone will have that technology.”

The tentative timeline is for applications to go out late October to early November, and then the rebate could be paid out in March 2013, if the full board approves the rebate.

Trustee James Dodge pointed out that the rebate would only be good for 2013, citing ongoing state funding issues that could eat into municipalities’ available money.

“We are doing this against the context of we don’t know what will happen next year,” Dodge said. “We’ll do as much as we can when we can, but we need residents to be mindful with what the challenges are on this one.”

Original Post, 5:53 a.m. Monday, July 2, 2012

Orland Park’s finance committee will hear a plan Monday night to bring back a property tax rebate for local home and property owners.

Mayor Dan McLaughlin had previously asked village staff to look into bringing back the program that was stopped after March 2009, following six years of rebates.

Staff has pinpointed about $2.5 million that can be refunded in total. The committee will talk over a few ways it can be dispersed.

Read the attached packets for the finance, parks and recreation and technology agendas, as well as for the  attached to this article.

Orland Park Patch’s 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 and questions. The same rules apply as on finished articles on the site.

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Ben Feldheim (Editor) July 03, 2012 at 04:05 AM
Folks, the blog transcript is a little glitchy. I'll try to resolve this tomorrow (Tuesday).
Debbie July 03, 2012 at 01:06 PM
Wow $137.00! I wonder how much we pay people to prepare a rebate, more money lost. Orland Park is turning in to the elite and impoverished. If after recieving my tax bill, do you really think that rebate will make a difference ? I know, it's something. Are you kidding? Wake up! A whole lot of us are hurting and our politicians don't give a damn. Give the people a crumb, that outta shut 'em up for a while. When I visit other towns, they don't seem to have brand new anything. When you visit Orland Park, we have new vehicles of every sort, new trees, new signs and a whole lot more we could do without. Shame on this village for spending our money on 'new everything.' If that's all the money I'm getting back, I'm looking for a new place to live!
John Paul July 03, 2012 at 01:58 PM
In the overall context of your property tax bill, $137 might not seem like much, but, remember, the vast majority of your tax bill is for schools. The $137 is a much larger portion of what you pay in taxes to the village.
Ben Feldheim (Editor) July 03, 2012 at 02:23 PM
For some added context, the village's portion of your tax bill is about 7 percent. That comes out to an average of about $600 per home. And that comes out to about a 17-18 percent return in the rebate.
Sara Waters July 03, 2012 at 03:42 PM
Mine is $166 and I actually love getting these checks back. $166 can go towards, repainting a couple of rooms, a nice evening out, putting towards new appliances, buying food for the pet shelters anything really. If you are concerned about the people who really need it, feel free to endorse it over to the food bank. We all know they could use it.
OPmom July 03, 2012 at 09:21 PM
Debbie - see below. You need to wake up and actually read your tax bill. Go ahead and move.
Thunderstorm July 03, 2012 at 11:06 PM
You get what you pay for. I would rather pay extra in taxes and have good schools. Do you think people in Blue Island, Markham, Harvey, pay these taxes? Nope but look at who lives there and what kind of schools they have. Don't like our taxes MOVE Orland 135 is the largest employer in the village of Orland Park. They employ many taxpayers. I am sure CSHS also employes many taxpayers. People like to live close to where they work. If you are complaining now just wait until we all have to pay for the Obama Care.
Andrea Williams July 08, 2012 at 07:06 PM
Gotta love election years!
JSuzeH July 17, 2012 at 01:24 AM
I'm really grateful! I can't believe in these times, we get anything back. If you don't need it, Operation Blessing could really use it. It's a food pantry in Crestwood that does so much good. Here's the link http://opblessing.org/
Ray Blah Blah Blah July 17, 2012 at 01:45 AM
Pay your taxes! Press operatives do come free!
Andrea Williams July 17, 2012 at 11:41 PM
I don't think it matters how much of your total Real Estate bill goes to the village, how little the rebate is in total dollars, or whether or not it is enough to help a household budget. The greater point that seems to be missing here is that these trustees (at least the 3 up for reelection) and the mayor made a commitment to the residents of Orland Park to rebate these monies when they implemented the Home Rule Sales Tax back in 2002. Too bad it takes an election year with the threat of a hotly contested village race to get them back to doing the right thing, but whatever works. I hope they continue to make good on their promises to the people they represent should they be reelected in April.

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