Village Talks Tax Levy, Route 53 Extension

Grayslake trustees authorized preparation of the 2012 tax levy ordinance, seeking a levy of $3 million. The board also reviewed design plan parameters for the proposed Route 53 extension.

The  is proposing a $3,002,099 million tax levy for 2011, a 2.22 percent increase over last year’s amount.

The levy ordinance, to be adopted by the Village Board next month, will result in property tax receipts for the village in 2012.

Assistant Village Manager Derek Soderholm said the village actually anticipates collecting $2,927,099 million next year. The additional $75,000, he said, is to capture property tax generated from new construction.

“This extra $75,000 is not anticipated to be fully collected and does not affect property taxpayers that did not make new construction improvements; for example, taking vacant land and adding a building.”

The village portion of a resident’s property tax bill is typically between 4 percent and 5 percent. Since 1987, the village’s property tax rate has declined 51 percent.

The proposed levy falls under the guidelines of the tax cap law, which allows for inflationary adjustments, said Soderholm.

“This next year’s adjustment will be 1.5 percent inflation, which equates to about an average of $5 per household, depending on a number of factors.”

Soderholm added that households participating in the village’s electric aggregation program “will largely offset their property taxes paid to the village over the next two years with the savings from the aggregation program, about $285 per year on average.”

Route 53 Still Discussed

In other board news, trustees discussed design parameters for the proposed Route 53 extension during the Nov. 15 committee-of-the-whole meeting.

The long-proposed, $1 billion-plus project would extend Route 53 from Lake Cook Road to Route 120 near Grayslake, relieving traffic congestion on the I-94 tollway and other major roads.

Grayslake’s input will be forwarded to the Illinois Tollway’s Route 53/120 Blue Ribbon Advisory Council, established earlier this year to develop a regional consensus on whether the Illinois Tollway should move forward.

A nonbinding referendum in favor of the Route 53 extension was passed by Lake County voters in April 2009.

If the extension is built, the would host the largest portion of the project. Because of this, the village has a strong desire to ensure high design quality and environmental standards that minimize adverse impacts to the local community, said village officials.

In its report, the village urges the council to consider certain operational objectives beyond congestion relief, such as economic development and mass transit.

“Central Lake County will be a major economic development hub for the region. Over 1300 acres is available in Grayslake and along the Route 53 corridor for business development. The chosen road configuration should support economic development in this area.”

Because the Grayslake area hosts four Metra train stations providing service on two separate commuter lines, the village feels future consideration should be given to the inclusion of a mass transit capability that allows access to the large economic development area from Route 53/120 and between the existing commuter stations and business development.

The village’s report also calls for the lowest possible road elevations through the project’s Grayslake portion; decorative sound walls as needed; screening for noise, road signs and lighting; pedestrian facilities and recreation; underpasses and pedestrian bridges to preserve corridors; and access to wetland restoration areas.

Additionally, the village wants limited access points related to Peterson Road, Alleghany Road, Route 45 and Atkinson Road; emergency road access at Harris Road; and an Atkinson Road/Route 83 alignment.

The village also wants sewer extensions preserved and wetland protection, particularly east of Route 45.


Jim Marshall November 18, 2011 at 12:32 PM
The Route 53 extension project can not start soon enough. The Village and Lake county needs to stop talking and start acting on the resolution passed in April 2009. I know this is all political, but $1B dollars and thousands, possibly hundreds of thousand over the life time of the project, of jobs has to speak pretty loud. I wonder what the position of the folks running for State Office is on this project?
Marcia Watts Sagendorph (Editor) November 18, 2011 at 06:11 PM
Jim, do you think you (or I) will live long enough to see Route 53 happen? As I posted this story, I recalled how this particular roadway was being discussed when I first moved into Lake County, nearly 18 years ago. Seems to have strong support, as seen in the resolution, and equally strong opposition.
C-Dub November 18, 2011 at 07:19 PM
This has been a long standing project. I remember when 53 ended at Dundee Rd and they used the stretch that goes to Lake Cook for Go Cart races! Back in the early 90's when the project was going full tilt, Long Grove fought it tooth and nail and would not give any property for the project because they did not want their quaint little downtown Long Grove disturbed by the traffic (look at Long Grove now!). I WOULD love to see 53 project done as I drive to Schaumburg everyday from Grayslake! Will we see it happen?? I hope.
Noroute53 November 18, 2011 at 08:52 PM
I hope Route 53 is never built. No one ever considers how polluted and overcrowded our county is already becoming. And then everyone wonders why so many illnesses are unexplained and have skyrocketed.
Brad Faxton November 19, 2011 at 03:02 AM
Are you kidding me? "Illnesses" are caused by a road? Lennie? Is that you? 53 needs to be done - traveling N/S from Grayslake to the southwestern burbs is awful.
Sully November 19, 2011 at 01:24 PM
Marcia, if I'm not mistaken, I believe Glen Ellyn went through something like this several years ago, but I didn't follow it so I'm not sure of the results. Do you know anything about that?
Jim Marshall November 19, 2011 at 09:00 PM
@ Negative Nancy Noroute53, if we had more jobs, that this project would create, there would be less stress and less illness.
Jim Marshall November 19, 2011 at 09:04 PM
I wonder how many more sick people there are down on the southwest suburbs now that the 55 extension is complete. Those folks seem to be a lot happier now that they can commute to and from work and entertainment/fun stuff easier and faster. Maybe they are just sick in the head and acting funny?
Jim Marshall November 19, 2011 at 09:28 PM
@ Marcia, it's this plain and simple. As long as Democrats run this state, these types of projects will not get funded in heavily populated Republican voting districts like Lake County. A source told me that the Obama Administration has already told the Dept of Transportation that this project does not have the President's support.
Sully November 20, 2011 at 01:02 AM
What on earth are you talking about Jim? How did this get to be about Obama and democrats?
D46 Resident November 20, 2011 at 01:24 AM
Seriously? Obama is personally nixing the 53 extension? You are completely off your rocker....
Jim Marshall November 20, 2011 at 04:40 PM
@ Sully, This project has state and federal funding components. It will always be about politics. @ D46Res, You are probably right. And you may think President Obama hasn't heard of this project or even cares, but you'd be wrong. PO and his administration have already demonstrated that he doesn't care about real jobs; Canadian pipeline project, Pennsylvania scale oil to name the two most recent examples. I'm sharing what was said by people who are much closer to this project than you are. A conversation that took place long before the pipeline project or the scale oil work stoppage was put in place by President Obama.
Sully November 20, 2011 at 05:21 PM
Jim, the examples you provided for Resident have nothing to do with road projects. Obama provided funds through the stimulus to include road projects, so that knocks your assertion out the window. States that declined funding lost out while other states took full advantage. Keep your topics straight and accurate, please.
Nightcrawler November 21, 2011 at 12:57 AM
Worth noting: the decision to reroute – not cancel – the Canadian-U.S. pipeline came largely due to the objection of Nebraska’s very Republican governor Dave Heineman (not exactly a rabid environmentalist or administration supporter) to the project’s original proposed path through the Sand Hills and Ogallala aquifer, the main source of drinking water for Nebraska and several other states. Also, while I don’t know what “scale oil” is, if it’s anything like shale oil – drilling for which has been postponed in PA pending expanded federal regulation of the still relatively new and pretty scary process known as “fracking” – well, I’m sure glad there’s none to be found in the land between here and the Lake/Cook county line. Especially in Long Grove, where a lot of possibly Republican homeowners don’t even like the idea of a new major expressway in their backyards. Bet they wouldn’t go for major drilling operations, either.
kathleen November 22, 2011 at 01:19 AM
As long as my commute from GL to Schaumburg is, the drive is beautiful. I pass farm fields, cows, horses and bison. I moved up here to get away from all the concrete and strip malls. Maybe an alternative would be revamping route 12? It's already a crazed freeway. Why not make it a 6-lane limited access highway?
Nightcrawler November 22, 2011 at 01:48 AM
I believe that was the original plan back in the 1960s, when Wisconsin did their part and built one leg of the U.S. 12 freeway - from the border at Richmond up to just east of Elkhorn. That was a number of years before the current Rt. 53 expressway was built; I believe the plan was for it to continue north along U.S. 12 from its current termination point to Richmond. Hindsight being 20/20, it sure looks like a good idea now.
Jim Marshall November 23, 2011 at 04:59 AM
Sully, (Where is the shaking head smiliecon when you need one???) the examples given were to demonstrate the administration's unwillingness to support job growth in a time when it is seriously needed and is accurate to the point. When you come on here and put your name to your comments, I'll take you serious. @ Nightcrawler, Long Grove has put their support behind the project now that a local private club has closed. Lastly, I don't agree Lennie Jarrett, but at least he is man enough to put his name to what he posts. All of you moniker monkeys need to do the same.
Rich November 23, 2011 at 04:42 PM
Homer here. Jim, you had Homer until the naive Obama bashing. This road needs to be built, period. With the tollway now involved, there is finally hope for funding this road. Seventy five percent of the voters of Lake County voted in favor of building the road. Long Grove still unofficially is trying to stop the road. As for pollution, do the environmentalists stop to think that slow, stop and go traffic pollutes more than efficient traffic at higher speeds? Homer dislikes going to Schaumburg because of the traffic. And, Obama is for creating jobs.
Sully November 23, 2011 at 06:04 PM
Jim, why is it yours or anyone else's business what my full name is? So because I don't give a name, I have no valid points? Sorry- that's a little close minded of you, don't ya think? Or is it simply an excuse for you to not think about anything that might cause you discomfort?
Jim Marshall November 26, 2011 at 03:12 AM
?1 What are you afraid of us knowing about you? ?2 Yes. ?3 No. ?4 I am perfectly comfortable. Those who speak behind vails are hiding, therefore, untrustworthy.
Jim Marshall November 26, 2011 at 03:19 AM
Homer, Jim Marshall here. If your last comment was true, real unemployment would not be 12+%, and unions would have greater than 20% payrolls nationwide.


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