On Wednesday, July 17, 2019, at 1:04 AM, the St. Charles Police and Fire Departments responded to the 400 block of E. Main Street for a vehicle that had left the roadway and crashed into a business building.
For the 33rd year in a row, the City of St. Charles’ Comprehensive Annual Financial Report was awarded the prestigious Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA). The award is the highest form of recognition in government accounting and finance. It recognizes the City of St. Charles for showing a spirit of full disclosure in clearly communicating the City’s finances.
Annual rates for City of St. Charles water, sewer and electric utility customers were approved at the April 15, 2019, City Council meeting and will begin showing up on utility bills in June.
Determining the property tax levy is a multi-step process that incorporates several public meetings which allow for resident input. That process kicks off in the fall with the presentation to the City Council of a preliminary estimate of next year's (2019) property tax levy.
The property tax levy collecty by the City helps fund 24/7 police, fire and public works services, planning, engineering and much more.
Why is it the 2019 Levy and Not the 2020 Levy?
Results from the City’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for the fiscal year ending April 30, 2018, were presented at the Oct. 22, 2018 Government Services Committee Meeting. City Finance Director Chris Minick and Sikich LLP Partner Fred Lantz, from the City’s independent auditing firm, presented the audit report results.
Beginning Sept. 1, the City’s alcohol and hotel tax rates increase 1%, and a new local fuel tax of $0.02 per gallon sold within City limits will be implemented Nov. 1. These taxes are sometimes called “user fees” because they affect users of the items, in this case both visitors to St. Charles and residents.
These new taxes will fill an unexpected gap in our budget, caused by two continuing issues: a continuing loss of State funding and a property tax levy that has remained unchanged since 2009.
The City of St. Charles is committed to providing a continuous supply of safe, reliable and economical water to its customers. Every year the City of St. Charles Water Division distributes a report that summarizes the quality of the City’s drinking water. We are pleased to report again this year that your tap water met all Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) drinking water health standards.
The St. Charles Police Department received the “Outstanding Community Partnership” Award on Wednesday, May 16 at the Association for Individual Development (AID) Annual Meeting. Chief James Keegan and Deputy Chief Steve Bedell, accepted the award on behalf of the department.
St. Charles Sees Marked Growth in Industrial Sector in 2011