BY CALEB ALEXANDER
Illinois Governor Pritzger and his team in Springfield have made the New Baden Park Boosters wait for over a year to get their tax exempt status approved. This created a problem for the group because it has plans to put up a veteran’s memorial at the gazebo in the village park and it was hoping to avoid paying taxes on the materials they would use for it.
The village, however, met with the boosters and worked something out to get around this problem. Jeff Stroot from the Park Boosters was at a village board meeting where he explained the situation.
Stroot said he wanted to thank Village Clerk Teri Crane and Administrator Erika Kennett for helping the boosters out by ordering the materials, using the village’s tax-exempt status, and paying for them with money donated by the boosters organization.
This saved the Park Boosters about $200 in taxes, Stroot said. They wanted to get the recognition of veterans appropriately installed at the gazebo by Memorial Day. This goal will now be realized thanks to the help from the village by ordering the materials.