I pay taxes. Why don’t my tax dollars pay for this service?

While taxes in Illinois remain some of the highest in the nation, it is important to remember that the Village of Lombard receives less than $0.08 of each property tax dollar to provide for its core services. (Public safety provided by Police and Fire Departments; road, sewer, and water maintenance from Public Works; building and code enforcement from Community Development, and responsible long-term financial planning from the Finance Department.)  Lombard’s percentage of property taxes is 7.36%, followed by the Park District at 5%, the Helen Plum Library at 5.60%, DuPage County at 3.79%, and York Township at 1.09%. The majority of property taxes (77.16% or $0.77 of every dollar) goes to the School Districts.

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1. Why is a bundled brush collection fee being implemented now (April 2019) after being free for so long?
2. What is the difference between a core service and an enhanced service?
3. Why was free bundled brush collection identified as an enhanced service?
4. What is the bundled brush collection fee?
5. Where can I purchase a yard waste sticker?
6. Will the Village require a yard waste sticker for brush collection after a storm event?
7. What are the restrictions for bundled brush collection?
8. If I don’t want to pay the fee, is there an alternative to bundled brush collection?
9. Why is there a budget deficit?
10. I pay taxes. Why don’t my tax dollars pay for this service?
11. What is the Village doing to help with the budget issues?