Area city's population increase could mean higher taxes
CARTERVILLE, Ill. — A local city has an unusual problem: it's growing.
Growth is usually a very good thing except in the case of Carterville, Illinois, which has reached a significant milestone, a milestone that comes with a cost.
The city council will meet Tuesday night to talk about increasing the city's share of the property tax by about 27 percent.
The 2000 census put Carterville's population at 4,700. Fast forward to now and the most recent numbers have it pushing 5,500.
Illinois law requires cities with more than 5,000 people to set up public safety pension funds.
Watch the video to see why that's an expense that will likely be passed to the taxpayers.