VBH Board Tips the Scales in Favor of Residents
- Posted by Barrington Hills
- On December 21, 2020
Residents of the Village of Barrington Hills, once again, will not see an increase in the Village’s portion of property taxes.
At the December 17, 2020 Board of Trustees Meeting, the Board unanimously passed the Levy Ordinance for which Village President Martin McLaughlin thanked his fellow Board Members and Village Staff for their time, efforts and dedication, as planning the budget requires a great deal of attention.
“This will be the seventh consecutive year Barrington Hills’ budget has not had an increase. It has been my pleasure working side-by-side with my fellow board members to help our residents with the ever-increasing tax burdens…We have been able to reduce the levy by over 24% proving it is possible to operate a governmental entity as a business,” said McLaughlin.
Although the budget has not increased, the Village of Barrington Hills proves it can “do more with less.” Improvements to Village Services have continued. The Board approved a security camera program to be instituted sometime in 2021 to assist in safeguarding our community. This has proven effective in neighboring municipalities and the Village is looking forward to adding this technology to its investigative toolbox.
The Village continues to improve the condition and longevity of its roads by utilizing state-of-the-art methodologies. By being prudent with taxpayer dollars, the Village has been able to allocate funds to continually improve drainage along Village-maintained roads.
Village Hall’s building and grounds have been outfitted with LEDs throughout, using less energy, emitting less heat and more resistant to breakage.
Mclaughlin acknowledged this will be his last year working to keep the levy down and hopes the trend will continue. On January 13, 2021, he will be sworn in as Illinois State Representative of the 52nd District. McLaughlin has vowed to finish out his term as Village President.