Thomson Township approves $1.68 million tax levy
The 2022 levy is a 2.8% increase from 2021.
Thomson Township residents and board members approved a 2022 tax levy of $1.69 million at the annual meeting Tuesday, March 9.
The meeting at town hall traditionally presents town finances for public viewing and allows for questions and discussion from Thomson Township residents.
Residents and board members vote on motions to approve items on the agenda. Residents could attend virtually or in person due to the COVID-19 pandemic. About 10 people attended, including town board members. Board Chair Terry Hill and board member Tony Compo were absent.
The 2022 levy is a 2.8% increase from the 2021 levy of approximately $1.64 million. It was approved unanimously and without discussion.
The levy amount will be revisited during the second portion of the annual meeting set for Aug. 17, when voters will take into consideration any events that may have transpired since they first approved the levy. They will have the option to adjust the 2022 levy amount at that time.
Those present at the meeting also voted to allocate $2,000 in town funds toward Esko Fun Days events scheduled for this summer.
The decision comes after the canceling of Esko Fun Days in 2020 because of the coronavirus.
Community Education Director Michele Carlson said they are planning to host the traditional event due to the outdoor nature of the activities. She said the only foreseeable adjustments in the itinerary could result from financial restrictions or future state regulations surrounding COVID-19.
The 2020 annual statement was also approved, showing all funds spent in the township over the past year.
In discussion of the statement, one resident raised a question regarding 2020 Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act funding, and asked if it could be applied toward broadband coverage for students during distance learning.
Town Clerk Rhonda Peleski explained the specific guidelines surrounding the CARES Act funding, and said it could not be used for that purpose.
Discussion was also held surrounding a park repair project at the Northridge Park's parking lot in Esko. It cost approximately $12,000 in 2020 funds, and will be completed in the next year or so, according to Peleski.
The annual reports given later in the meeting by the Esko Fire Department and law enforcement showed an increase in runs made by the volunteers at the fire department in 2020, while local law enforcement saw a decrease in burglaries and an increase in overdoses, with two occurring in the township in 2020.