Category Archives: City Council

Council Cured, School Board Worsens

The Batavia City Council has recovered its sensibilities. In a 11-3 vote, they decided to find a final $150,000 to cut from the budget so they wouldn’t have to raise taxes. However, the Batavia School Board has become more deaf. … Continue reading

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The Fever is Spreading

It’s not just the School District anymore; the City has caught the tax/spend fever. They’re even using the same rhetoric: “We have to tax all we can now in case we can’t raise taxes later.” Governor Rauner’s proposal to freeze … Continue reading

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Batavia Should Consider Itself Lucky

Batavia should consider itself lucky that it got the River St. arch for a mere $118,000. It could have been worse. Just look at what Altamanu, the designer of the arch, did to….er, I mean,…for Chicago’s Fulton Market District. That … Continue reading

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An Effective City Council?

Tuesday night the Batavia City Council did something amazing: they listened to the people, they asked questions, they thought for themselves, they pushed back against Staff (and the Mayor), and they did good. They did their jobs representing the citizens … Continue reading

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Houston St. Streetscape Goes Psychedelic

Just when you thought the River Street arch monstrosity was one-of-a-kind, I’ve got news for you: if the City Administrator has his way, Houston St. will be….well,….I can’t really describe it……you just have to see it. Go to the 1/20/15 … Continue reading

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IL Property Taxes 2nd Highest in Nation, Batavia Even Higher

If you think your property taxes are too high, you’re right. According to the Tax Policy Center, as reported in Illinois Review 12/6/13, Illinois’ property tax rates have skyrocketed since 2010…. The average property tax rates as a percent of … Continue reading

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Batavia Residents to See 10-16% Electric Rate Increase

Because of the imprudent 28-year electricity contract agreed to by the Batavia City Council in 2006, residents of Batavia will be facing a 10-16% rate increase, plus a $4/month increase to the base rate, beginning in May. If the City … Continue reading

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