Thursday, September 22, 2011

Kane County taxpayers say assessments too low

bSeal of Kane County, Illinoisoard members told Armstrong many of the complaints are coming from people looking to sell their homes at a price point that now is not supported by the new property assessments they’re seeing.

“Well, if they don’t believe they are paying their fair share of taxes and want to pay more, then they certainly have the right to file an appeal,” a dumbfounded Armstrong said.

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Tollway panel OKs $69 million Route 47 interchange


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On Wednesday, the Planning Committee of the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority Board signed off on a $69 million agreement to build that full interchange. This project is part of the $12 billion highway expansion plan, which recently caused the Illinois Tollway Board to raise tolls 87 percent, nearly doubling most fares.

Travelers on Route 47 wanting to access I-90 westbound currently have to get on either at Randall Road or U.S. Route 20.

The Route 47 interchange project will pay for six ramps, electronic toll collection, bridge reconstruction on Route 47 over Interstate 90, local traffic signals, and improved lighting.

Johnson said the target date to begin construction is April 2012.

IDOT said the project was expected to be finished in 2013.

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