LUDLOW — The village board approved a 4.99 percent tax levy increase and heard from a resident displeased with Mayor Pete Walker's comments about the make-up of the community in a recent newspaper article.
At its monthly meeting this week, the board approved the highest levy increase possible without having to hold a public hearing.
Walker said the levy will bring in about $7,800 in property taxes — about $500 more than the previous levy.
Resident Cheryl Alesia, wife of Trustee Randy Alesia, asked Walker why he had made negative comments about residents of the village in a recent newspaper article about the effect on area communities from the closure of Chanute Air Force Base 20 years ago.
"I went into the board meeting specifically to raise some objections about his quote about the quality of people in Ludlow," Cheryl Alesia said.
She said Walker indicated he didn't have time to talk about it at the meeting.
Walker denied that, saying what he said was that he didn't have time during the meeting to list the accomplishments made to the community by the Walker family, who have been in Ludlow for five generations.
He said he regretted comments made in the newspaper article.
"What I really meant to say was that we do have good people in Ludlow, but sometimes the people who don't take care of their homes ... make the whole town look bad," Walker said.