Residents of both Mount Pleasant and Sturtevant will have the opportunity next week to weigh in on the 2017 budgets of their respective villages.

Mount Pleasant will host a public hearing where neighbors can let board members know what they think about a proposed property tax increase – albeit one lower than originally discussed – funding for parks, buying additional squad cars for the police department, and potential service cuts in order to help close a $2.6 million hole in the 2017 budget.

The public hearing begins at 6 p.m. Monday at Village Hall, 8811 Campus Drive.

Property owners were going to see an 8.4 percent increase, but will now see a 4.1 percent tax hike instead, a story in The Journal Times reads.

A $200,000 home would have had a $127 increase and will now have $62 increase instead, the story continues.

The change is primarily because the tax value of the village’s tax incremental financing districts hadn’t been included in the formula. Finance Director Kay Magyar told the newspaper that land in the TIF district still counts but had been left out in the original calculations.

Trustees could vote on the budget at the regularly scheduled 6:30 p.m. Monday board meeting following the public hearing.

Sturtevant residents will also have a chance to tell their elected representatives what they think about the 2017 village budget. Their public hearing will be held at the same time as the board meeting that starts at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Village Hall, 2801 89th Street.

In Sturtevant, trustees are weighing whether or not to fund the annual fireworks, how much money to mark for maintaining and improving village parks, if funding a village library/community center is something they want to do and how many new police officers they can add to SVPD.

Sturtevant trustees will not vote Tuesday on the budget and will instead meet Nov. 22 for a special board meeting to put finishing touches on the budget and take a vote on adopting it.

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