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St. Charles Passes Its Yearly Financial Audit

Results from the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report

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.

Randall Road Closures Begin October 29, 2018

Bridge repair work is scheduled to begin the week of October 29, 2018 on Randall Road between Red Haw Lane and Crane Road in St. Charles IL. One lane of Randall Road northbound and southbound over the bridge section will be temporarily closed to traffic for the duration of the repairs in order to safely and efficiently repair portions of the bridge structure over Ferson Creek. The anticipated duration for the deck repairs is approximately 5 weeks, weather permitting. This improvement is intended to extend the life of the existing bridge structure.

Completed Election Packets Due Dec. 10-17, 2018

For the 2019 Consolidated Election April 2, 2019

St. Charles residents interested in running for a seat on the City Council in 2019 can pick up nomination packets beginning Friday, Sept. 7, 2018. The packets are available at the Reception Desk in the St. Charles Municipal Building, 2 E. Main Street. Petitions cannot be circulated for signature before Sept. 18, 2018. 

The completed nomination packets must be filed between Dec.10 and Dec. 17, 2018. All forms are due to the City Clerk’s office, 2 E. Main Street, St. Charles, by 5 p.m. Dec. 17, 2018.

New Taxes Implemented this Fall

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.

Stop for a Passing School Bus

Know When to Stop

School starts Aug. 22 in St. Charles. Drivers, please remember to watch out for children standing at bus stops, or walking or riding a bike to school--especially during morning rush hour. This helpful graphic from the Village of Antioch Police Department reminds drivers about stopping for a school bus with lights flashing and stop arm extended. Also remember it is illegal to text while driving or talk on a hand-held cell phone.

Police, Fire & School District Work Together to Keep Students Safe

Student Safety Plans are Practiced throughout the Year

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School is back in session in St. Charles August 22, and student safety is at the forefront of back-to-school preparations. Coordinated student safety plans developed collaboratively by the St. Charles Police Department, St. Charles Fire Department and St. Charles Community Unit School District 303 officials are in place to keep students safe when they are in school.

We’ve Got Free LED Light Bulbs for Residents

While Supplies Last

Stop in to the City’s Utility Billing office in the Municipal Building and walk out with a free LED light bulb. St. Charles’ wholesale power supplier, the Illinois Municipal Electric Agency, has given us MaxLite 9W LED light bulbs for our residents.

According to MaxLite, these LED bulbs will last an estimated 15,000 hours—significantly longer than the 1,000 hours of a traditional 60W incandescent bulb. And since they use less energy (9W vs. 60W) they also save on energy costs. The estimated annual energy cost is $1.08, compared to $4.80 for a traditional bulb.

Did You See Your Annual Water Quality Report?

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.

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