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Moline Plans Lower Property Taxes

Property taxes will probably go down next year in Moline. Tuesday night the city council will discuss a propossed budget for next year with a lower levy and tax rate.

Mayor Stephanie Acri says she and aldermen directed city staff to set the 2021 tax levy at 15.8 million dollars - down 100,000 dollars from this year.

"So that our community could recognize that we're not pushing the COVID-19 expenses onto their backs to bear - they've got enough going on."

Last spring, after the pandemic started, Moline began limiting employee overtime, seasonal hiring, and other spending. And since then she estimates COVID-19 has cut her city's revenue by five million dollars this year, and it could do the same next year.

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.