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    Since the Village began comparing ourselves to similar communities ten years ago, it has consistently operated as one of the leanest in the area. You can review an in-depth peer study which compares revenues, staffing, services, and per capita expenses here.  Communities are selected for this comparison because of their size, location, demographics, and more. Of course these communities will not be exactly like us, for example we are the only community in the study who does not levy a property tax, but they help provide context on the region.

    The Carol Stream Public Library functions under the Local Library Act; it has its own elected Trustees tasked with maintaining operations. The Carol Stream Public Library does not have taxing authority. The Library must present its requests for funding to the Village of Carol Stream’s Board who enacts the property tax levy on the Library’s behalf. This means that funding requests for a building renovation, such as a property tax, must be approved by the Village of Carol Stream Board.

    On January 16th the Village Board, in a joint meeting with the Carol Stream Public Library Board of Trustees, discussed the proposed renovation of the library. The Library presented a master space plan, library usage data, and several proposals on how to fund the project. The Library and the Village will continue discussions on funding mechanisms for the renovation. To learn more about the project you can attend one of the scheduled forums on February 18th or March 25th at the Carol Stream Library.

    The Village has begun planning the 2018 Summer Concert Series and we are looking forward to another successful season. Stay tuned for updates on entertainment and food vendors. If you are interested in sponsoring the summer concert series you can review this season's brochure for details and you can fill out the electronic application here. You can view the concert series lineup here

    Can a property tax freeze be a BAD thing? While the Village of Carol Stream Municipal Government does not levy a property tax, we appreciate that many other agencies that support our community are dependent on property taxes to function. With many local agencies restricted to limited revenue options, a permanent property tax freeze could affect the provision of seiirvices from the library, fire district, schools, and more. 

    Thank you to everyone who has purchased their vehicle sticker/s. The Police Department  has begun enforcement procedures that include $100 tickets for those operating a vehicle registered to Carol Stream without a vehicle sticker. 
    The cost of the vehicle sticker increases monthly and any resident found not in compliance will be responsible for the late registration cost as well as the $100 ticket. The current passenger vehicle sticker costs $75 and will cost $165 by April 2019 and those found without the sticker will be subjected to a $100 citation plus the full cost of the vehicle sticker. The stickers for other vehicle classes follow a similar pattern. 
    To purchase your vehicle sticker at the CURRENT rate and avoid a $100 citation you may visit our Police Department lobby in our temporary location 505 E North Ave. as we are always open.  You can also visit our Finance counter from 8 AM- 5 PM Monday-Friday excluding holidays. 
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