Village trustees will likely propose a 0.5 percent property tax levy increase at the village’s April 11 budget hearing, Mayor Rich Smith said last week.
 
The increase on the $2.1 million budget would bring the tax rate to $22.45 per $100 of assessed value. Equipment costs for new volunteer firefighters drove the proposed increase, Smith said. 

“The equipment and the tools are very expensive, and over the last several years we’ve had 15 or 16 new volunteers who’ve been approved and gone through training,” he said. 

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Also last week, village trustees honored two recently retired officials with decades of municipal service between them. 

Trustees gave flowers and gifts to Mary Jane Remuzzi, former zoning Zoning Board of Appeals clerk for more than 30 years, and Walter Kregler, who helped establish the village fire department and served on the ZBA and Architectural Review Board for more than 50 years.

“You guys were the pioneers,” Smith said at the Tuesday night Village Board meeting. “Your sacrifice over the years is meaningful.”

Said Remuzzi: “It’s been my pleasure. It isn’t so bad, being retired.”