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From the Mayor’s Office

January 15, 2016

Tax Rebate Checks

If you are wondering why your household is receiving a tax rebate check, you are not alone. To explain, the rebate check is part of the state’s efforts to shift costs away from tax payers and force municipalities and school districts to make financial savings and efficiencies. Bottom line, the rebate check is the difference in taxes that your home must pay from the previous year in cases where taxes have risen. Only tax payers whose municipality and school districts have 1) remained under the tax cap and 2) provided the state with an acceptable government efficiency plan will receive the check. You must also receive the STAR exemption, have this residence as a primary residence and the value must be below $500,000.

 

Urging Caution if Lake Freeze

I would like to urge caution to anyone who decides to venture out on the lake when it freezes. We all enjoy a great opportunity to utilize an enormous frozen lake for ice skating, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, ice fishing and other winter recreation activities, however, we must all be smart when considering what to do, where to do it and most importantly, when to do it. Going out on thin or unsafe ice could possibly be an irrevocable mistake which could potentially take your life, and also the lives of first responders who are tasked with the responsibility of rescuing anyone who goes through the ice. Just because you see people out on the ice, possibly ice fishing, does not mean that the ice is safe. You must take your own measures wherever you will be entering the ice to determine if the part where you will be entering the lake is safe enough for whatever activity you will be enjoying. I will not state what thickness of ice is safe for use for liability reasons, but I urge all readers and ice users to do research and identify what constitutes “safe ice”. The Village Board does not encourage anyone to go on the ice in the winter, however, we will not restrict the choice of someone going out on the ice at THEIR OWN RISK. Enjoy, be safe, and most importantly, be smart when venturing out on the ice.

 

 

Village Dates

  • Christmas tree Pickup Monday, January 4th. They will alternate between Mondays and Thursdays in an identical pattern to leaf pickup (Monday: West side of Village / Thursday: East side of Village). Tree pickup will be the entire month of January
  • Village Board Workshop, Fe. 16th 6:30 p.m. in the Courthouse
  • Village Board Meeting, Feb. 16th 7:30 p.m. in the Courthouse
  • GWL Coalition Meeting, Jan. 21st at the Senior Center 7pm.
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