MetroNet, jail expansion bond abatements on DeKalb County Board docket

February 20, 2019

SYCAMORE – A possible franchise approval for Metronet in unincorporated DeKalb and Sycamore Townships and financial housekeeping items are on the agenda for the DeKalb County Board meeting Wednesday night.

The County Board will vote on whether to give MetroNet the application for approval for those areas after a related public hearing scheduled for Wednesday. The board needs to grant franchises for cable television service to operate in unincorporated DeKalb County.

DeKalb County Board Chairman Mark Pietrowski Jr. said the requests previously have been delayed amid the company working out the potential agreement with the county.

“It’s something where we just wanted to ensure that they communicated with their Community Development Director, which I think they have been doing, and just working out details,” Pietrowski said.

Pete Stefan, finance director for DeKalb County, said the County Board will also vote on re-applying for state and federal rural public transportation grants for Voluntary Action Center. He said the board also will vote on abating property tax levies for a 2010 bond issue for the courthouse and the county jail expansion, along with another bond issue in 2017 for the jail expansion.

Stefan said the abatement agenda items in particular are meant to be annual things and housekeeping items, more or less. He said they are in place as a safeguard in case there isn’t enough sales tax revenue and landfill revenue – which pay for the 2010 and 2017 bonds, respectively – to pay those bonds.

“We’ve never had to resort to property taxes to pay those bond issues,” Stefan said.

The County Board meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Legislative Center, 200 N. Main St.