The deadline to file for the upcoming April 5 election has passed. Three incumbents will run unopposed.
The deadline for candidates to file for the April 5 election has passed. Four seats are open on city council, each with a four-year term. Some familiar faces will seek another term, while the 7th Ward lacks a candidate. Incumbent Laura Clemons will run unopposed. Incumbent Diane Wolf will run unopposed. Four have filed for the 5th Ward Alderman role. They include: Alderman Paul Wechet will not pursue another term. No candidate has filed. Incumbent Guy Gattone will seek to retain his title as taxpayer advocate. For more information on the incumbents, visit the city's website, and check back here for a more detailed list as the election nears.
Residents will see gradual implementation of $15 charge.
Oak Forest residents will see the first portion of a $15 water and sewer surcharge on their Jan. 1 bill. Aldermen on Tuesday, Nov. 23, approved the ordinance enacting the $15 charge, which will help offset a projected $500,000 deficit in the city's water and sewer fund. With a 65-million gallon decrease in water and sewer gallons billed, the ordinance was designed to help the city allocate fixed costs associated with delivering utilities. The 8.5 percent reduction in gallons billed has left a hole in the water and sewer fund. This will be the city's first time instituting a base charge, plus usage. Currently, residential usage rates are $5.02 per 1,000 gallons used, for 0 to 25,000 gallons. For gallons over 25,000, the rate increases to…