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Homeowners to pay for Yorkville vacant lots

Homeowners Windett Ridge SubdivisiYorkville may have pay more property taxes because undeveloped lots.| FILE PHOTO

Homeowners in the Windett Ridge Subdivision in Yorkville may have to pay more in property taxes because of undeveloped lots.| FILE PHOTO

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Updated: February 16, 2013 6:18AM

YORKVILLE – The ongoing situation of empty, undeveloped lots in subdivisions may cost some homeowners more tax money.

City officials will talk with homeowners in some subdivision about additional taxes they may have to pay if the city abates special service area tax levies. The city is set to do that in several subdivisions where it could cost residents, particularly Raintree Village, Windett Ridge and Grande Reserve.

Mayor Gary Golinski and some aldermen will meet with residents at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall. Residents from any of the subdivisions are welcome to attend the meeting.

Aldermen have approved abatements in subdivisions where the SSA tax will not affect homeowners.

But in two different special service areas in Raintree Village, and in SSAs in Windett Ridge and Grande Reserve, abating the taxes will mean homeowners will have to pay additional taxes due to the fact that no one is living on some of the lots.

In effect, the existing homeowners will have to pay the taxes due on the unoccupied land where no one lives.

Bart Olson, city administrator, wrote in a memo that “the vacant property owners in each development are not paying all of their SSA taxes, which causes everyone else’s SSA tax in the development to go up.”

Special service areas are used to levy special taxes for a particular area or subdivision or property. By using an SSA, the money is collected over time as part of regular property tax payments.

For 2012 taxes payable in 2013, the additional tax payments for each taxpayer will be: $300 for Raintree Village SSA one, passed in 2003; $190 for Raintree Village SSA two, passed in 2004; $250 for Windett Ridge; and $150 for Grande Reserve.

The city has no choice but to abate the taxes and make the extra collections because in these cases, it passed bonds to fund infrastructure work in the subdivisions. The SSA payments guarantee the bond payments.

Raintree Village resident Amy Cesich, who also is a member of the Kendall County Board, is looking at paying $300 on the $10,000 a year in property taxes she and her husband already pay.

She told aldermen she understands why the additional payment is necessary.

“All we’re asking is that city back us if we at the homeowners association retain an attorney and go to the developer and say, you cannot leave us high and dry,” Cesich said.

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