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SPECIAL BOARD MEETING
Friday, May 29, 2020
Virtual Meeting Via Zoom
6:00 p.m.

CALL TO ORDER/ROLL CALL

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT

Anita Forte-Scott, President; Jillian Bernas, Vice-President/Secretary; Theresa Seyring, Treasurer; Erin Flannigan-Davies; Hannah Hyman; David Jonen; Julie Wroblewski Bosshart

BOARD MEMBERS ABSENT

None

STUDENT TRUSTEES PRESENT

None

OTHERS PRESENT

Victoria Akinde, Amber Creger, Emily Gilbert, Jawahir, Annie Miskewitch, Kate Niehoff, Magan Szwarek, Lori Teipel, Beth Valenziano, Vee

PUBLIC COMMENTS

None

BOARD COMMENTS

Trustee Wroblewski Bosshart had no comments.

Trustee Flannigan-Davies had no comments.

Vice-President Bernas had no comments.

Trustee Hyman had no comments.

Trustee Jonen thanked President Forte-Scott and Executive Director Miskewitch for bringing the abatement option to the board’s attention and looking into the process to help the Schaumburg Township citizens.

Treasurer Seyring agreed with Trustee Jonen, and also thanked President Forte-Scott and Executive Director Miskewitch.

President Forte-Scott thanked the management staff and public for attending the virtual board meetings. She also thanked her fellow Trustees for making themselves available on short notice for this pressing issue.

ADDITIONS OR CHANGES TO AGENDA

None

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

Property Taxes Abatement

After the Niles-Maine District Library released a blog post about returning $1 million to their tax payers, an abatement was looked into by the management team and the Board. The consensus among the Board Members is $1.5 million of the Schaumburg Township Library assessment will be abated to taxpayers on the second installment of their 2019 tax bill.

Discussion included which Fund this money would be taken from. Finance Director Valenziano explained it would be a reduction of money coming in the future and not money withdrawn from current Library funds. It is a reduction of the levy the Library filed last year. The budget for the coming year will be reduced because of this abatement but the Library’s favorable general fund balance will reduce this deficit. The figure of $1.5 million was decided based on a threshold not to exceed 10% of what the original levy was. Board Members were also given a dollar amount range between $1-1.5 million and the majority of Board Members felt comfortable based on financials with the $1.5 million abatement.

Trustee Wroblewski Bosshart moved and Trustee Hyman seconded that:

The Library Board approve a tax abatement in the amount of $1.5 million to the 2019 Tax Levy Ordinance.

Roll Call Vote:

Ms. Bernas Yes

Mrs. Seyring Yes

Ms. Flannigan-Davies Yes

Ms. Hyman Yes

Mr. Jonen Yes

Mrs. Wroblewski Bosshart Yes

Ms. Forte-Scott Yes

The motion passed unanimously.

ADJOURNMENT

Trustee Jonen moved and Trustee Flannigan-Davies seconded that:

The Library Board meeting adjourn at 6:27 p.m.

Roll Call Vote:

Ms. Bernas Yes

Mrs. Seyring Yes

Ms. Flannigan-Davies Yes

Ms. Hyman Yes

Mr. Jonen Yes

Mrs. Wroblewski Bosshart Yes

Ms. Forte-Scott Yes

The motion passed unanimously.