Flossmoor’s proposed tax levy points to positive fiscal trends

As Flossmoor village board members prepare to act on their final fiscal responsibility of the calendar year — approving the tax levy — there’s good financial news.
 
Board members Monday approved an estimated municipal tax levy that shows a 3.36 percent increase over last year’s number. The final levy amount is to be approved at the Dec. 4 meeting. 
 

H-F Park District proposes $4.9 million levy

The Homewood-Flossmoor Park District is proposing a 2017 tax levy of $4,970,440.
 
The board of commissioners will approve the levy at its 7 p.m. Dec. 5 meeting. The public is invited to offer comment. The meeting is at park district offices at 3301 Flossmoor Road in Flossmoor.
 
If the levy is approved by the Cook County Clerk’s Office at the proposed rate, the district will receive an additional $192,960 over the previous year’s taxes.
 

Growth in arts programs leads to need for H-F High additions

Fewer than a dozen community members came out Monday night to learn about the expansion plans at Homewood-Flossmoor High School.
 
The District 233 school board is considering adding an open space for rehearsals and staging, commonly called a black box theater, and additional arts classrooms, as well as remodeling current arts spaces. The final dollar amount has not been set, but an initial estimate for the project was $12 million.
 

‘Those Who Excel’ honors presented to District 153 staff and volunteer Richard Thiernau

Twelve staff members and a community volunteer in Homewood District 153 were honored at the 2017 Illinois State Board of Education’s “Those Who Excel” educator recognition program awards ceremony Oct. 28.

Steve Ojode named park district treasurer

The Homewood-Flossmoor Park District has named Steve Ojode its new treasurer. The Flossmoor resident was appointed to the voluntary position at the Oct. 17 board meeting.

Flossmoor to celebrate the season with Winterfest Dec. 9

The holiday season returns to downtown Flossmoor with a host of Winterfest activities on Dec. 9 from 2 to 5 p.m.

Homewood officials to host public meeting about home rule issue on Thursday

The Village of Homewood Board of Trustees will hold an informational meeting about home rule at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, at the Marie Irwin Center, 18120 Highland Ave. in Homewood. 

The village is proposing to put the question of home rule before voters in a March 2018 referendum. Illinois communities with a population of 25,000 or more are automatically home rule communities. Because Homewood's population is under 20,000 the question must be decided by residents.

H-F Scholastic Bowl team outstanding at meet

The Scholastic Bowl team representing Homewood-Flossmoor High School set a school record at a solo competitors tournament Oct. 28 at New Trier High School in Winnetka.
 
H-F Scholastic Bown team members are Andronicus Marati, Ethan Bosch and Luca Strohmeier, seniors; Ken Nakamura, Jimmy Humphrey and Myles Walker, juniors; Janellie Roach, a sophomore.
 

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