Welcome to the Village of Beecher
VILLAGE PRESIDENT'S CORNER
There are two recent events I would like to inform Beecher residents about:
Cardinal Creek Golf Course
The first is to confirm that Cardinal Creek Golf Course has closed, and it will not re-open this year. The property is for sale and owned by Inland Bank. The Village has been in contact with them to determine how they will maintain the property in the future. The land is zoned open space which only allows for prairie and agricultural uses which includes passive recreation. Anyone interested in purchasing the property can contact the Village Hall and we will put you in contact with Inland Bank.
Loss of Local Income Tax (LGDF Fund)
The Local Government Distributive Fund (LGDF) is a state fund where a portion of the state income tax revenue is deposited annually (6 cents per dollar). Since 1969 it has been shared with local governments. This is your income tax money coming back to the Village of Beecher to help pay for essential services such as the police and public works departments. Governor Rauner made a proposal to cut our portion of revenue from the Local Government Distributive Fund by 50% (6 cents to 3 cents per dollar) in an attempt to balance the state’s budget. If he succeeds, we would lose in excess of $200,000 annually in revenue. I hope you would agree this cut is unacceptable. We did not cause the state’s financial crisis. In 2007, we made significant cuts in our budget in anticipation of the state’s financial crisis. Please contact your state legislators and ask them to oppose any cuts to the LGDF. In summary, you would pay the same in income tax, but the Village would receive less funding from the state which may result in cutting of local services.
To find the contact information for your legislators go to the Will County Clerk’s Website
The Beecher Fourth of July Commission is accepting bids for purchase of a raffle car for the 2015 festival. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION
THE VILLAGE IS ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR THE POSITION OF SUMMER EMPLOYEE IN THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT
40 hrs/wk for 13 weeks at $10/hr. Mowing, tree work, and general public works maintenance activities. 5/15/15-8/15/15. Apply at the Beecher Village Hall, 625 Dixie Highway, P.O. Box 1154, Beecher, IL or DOWNLOAD APPLICATION. Applications will be accepted until Friday, April 3rd.
WILL COUNTY 2040 LONG RANGE TRANSPORTATION PLAN SURVEY
Will County officials have kicked-off “Will Connects 2040”, the County’s initiative to update its current long range transportation plan. Will Connects 2040 will establish a strategic direction and set priorities for future transportation investments throughout the County while considering all modes and modal connections, including roads, transit, bicycle and pedestrian, aviation, intermodal networks, and freight – and the unique needs of each part of the County. CLICK HERE to get more information and take their survey.
**BEWARE OF PHONE SCAMS CLAIMING TO BE FROM THE IRS OR A BANK**
There have been two recently reported phone scams affecting local residents. One is from an unknown number stating they are from a bank. They say that the person’s bank card was locked & they need to press a number to reactivate their debit card. The other is someone impersonating an IRS employee demanding personal information in a harrassing manner. The Police Department is advising anyone receiving these types of calls to immediately hang up and do not provide any personal information. More information on the IRS scams can be found on the IRS website using the following link: IRS.gov
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