New Edwardsville Township Building Could Prove Costly to Taxpayers

Public invited to meeting tonight to learn more

Alex Degman
December 12, 2018 - 10:10 am
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EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (KMOX) — Edwardsville Township residents will likely pay more in property taxes starting next year to help pay for a new township building.

Township supervisor Fred Schulte says the proposal would hike the township's portion of someone's property tax bill by 30-percent. He's not thrilled about it.

"There's none of us who want to raise taxes," Schulte told KMOX's Alex Degman. "But we feel we've played the game the right way, and we've just taxed for what we needed. And now we want to do a project and we don't have the money."

Schulte claims, after the increase, property tax levels will be where they were in 2003. They've been in their current building since 1988 and it needs upgrades -- mainly, it's not compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

"It's almost heartbreaking to have to move things around," Schulte lamented. "They should be able to just come in and wheel their wheelchair in the office and you take care of (them), you know?"

Someone who owns an average priced home in the area can expect their property tax bill to increase by about 14 dollars a year. Those interested in learning more can stop by a public hearing tonight at Glen Carbon Fire Station Number 2 on Glen Carbon Road starting at 7:00 p.m.