Wheaton City Council Highlights
Meeting: Dec. 19, 2011
Liquor License Approved for Future Movie Theater
The City Council passed an ordinance amending the Wheaton Liquor Control Ordinance to allow a movie theater to obtain a liquor license. The owner of the building in Rice Lake Square that formerly housed Linens ‘n Things is converting it into a restaurant/movie theater that will serve alcoholic beverages.
Property Tax Levy Decreased
The City Council approved ordinances that establish the City’s tax levy for 2011. The ordinances represent a decrease of $132,864, or 0.7% from the 2010 tax levy. The City will receive revenues generated by the 2011 Property Tax Levy in fiscal year 2012-2013.
Council Considers Water Rate Change
Due to significant rate increases soon being imposed by the DuPage Water Commission and the City of Chicago, the City Council received a first reading of an ordinance that would increase Wheaton’s water rates by approximately 30 percent starting in January 2012. City Manager Rose stated the City’s water fund cannot sustain the additional $125,000 per month increased cost for water without an increase in rates.
Council Votes 4-3 to Establish Special Service Area
The Council received an executive summary from the City Attorney regarding an objector’s petitions against the formation of proposed Special Service Area 7. The Special Service Area would tax property owners within a defined downtown area, and tax funds would support the Downtown Wheaton Association and its marketing activities for downtown Wheaton. To prevent the creation of the Special Service Area, at least 51 percent of electors and property owners of record in the Special Service Area would need to sign petitions objecting to its creation. Based upon evidence presented and guidance from a recent case in the 2nd District Appellate Court, the City Attorney concluded that only 43 percent of the electors submitted petitions opposing the Special Service Area’s creation, which was not legally sufficient to prevent it. The City Council then had the opportunity to vote whether or not to establish Special Service Area 7, and the Council voted 4-3 in favor of its creation. The tax rate assessed for Special Service Area 7 will be $0.45 per $100 of assessed value.