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Berkeley Village Hall. The village’s board is considering its annual tax levy. | File 

Sunday, November 7, 2021 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews 

Briefly is a regular roundup of what’s happening in Proviso Township municipal government. Here, we give you news snippets based on a reading of board meeting minutes, agendas, supporting materials —all available online — and/or interviews with village officials. 

At the bottom, we’ve included a listing of upcoming municipal meetings scheduled to take place this week. This is a roundup of news out of Berkeley, Hillside and Westchester.

Berkeley board poised to adopt annual tax levy 

The Berkeley Village Board will adopt its annual tax levy on Dec. 7, village officials said during a meeting on Nov. 2. 

“Using the 5% increase as the baseline, the estimated maximum levy for tax year 2021 is $5,461,454,” Village Administrator Rudy Espiritu explained in an Oct. 29 memo. Last year, the total aggregate levy was $5,201,385. 

Espiritu said that the village can always go below the 5% estimated amount, as it did last year. 

“For example, last year in November, the Village Board adopted an estimate using a 5% inc erase in levy. However, given the uncertainty of the pandemic at the time, the Village Board ultimately adopted the property tax levy with a 0% increase in December,” Espiritu wrote. 

Berkeley’s levy also includes the levy for the Police Pension Fund and the Berkeley Public Library, Espiritu explained. 

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“The Pension Fund has forward a Village contribution request of $967,624, which is a decrease of $9,234 from the previous year,” he said. “The Library Board has approved and requested a levy of $436,773, a 2% increase from the previous year.” 

Church seeking special use permit for learning center in Hillside

S.O.S. International Ministries, a Berkeley-based faith-based organization, is seeking a special use permit required to operate a tutoring and learning center, along with a church podcast within 4415 Harrison Street (Suite 304) in Hillside. The Hillside board will vote to either approve or deny the request at its regular meeting on Nov. 8 (see below for the meeting time, date and agenda). 

Hillside Youth Commission hosting event  

During the Nov. 8 regular meeting, the Community Services Committee of the Hillside board will remind attendees that the Hillside Youth Commission will host a night of fun with JG’s Reptile Road Show on Friday, Nov. 12, 7 p.m. in the village board room at 425 Hillside Ave. in Hillside. 

Westchester to consider turning over Legion Park property 

On Oct. 4, Broadview’s board voted unanimously to deed Legion Park, located on the 2000 block of South 10th Avenue in Broadview, over to the Broadview-Westchester Joint Water Agency for the purpose of constructing a $4 million, 1-million-gallon above-ground water reservoir. 

During a regular meeting on Nov. 9, the Westchester board will consider whether to follow suit and sign onto the intergovernmental agreement (IGA) that governs the property transfer. 

Upcoming Meetings 

  • On Monday, Nov. 8, 7:30 p.m., at Village Hall, 425 Hillside Ave. in Hillside, the Hillside Village Board will host a regular meeting. Click here for the agenda. 
  • On Tuesday, Nov. 9, 6 p.m., at 10300 W. Roosevelt Rd. in Westchester, the Westchester Village Board will host Committee of the Whole and regular board meetings. Click here for the agenda for the Committee of the Whole meeting and here for the agenda for the regular meeting. 

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