The Morton Village Board approved an ordinance on Dec. 17 for the upcoming tax levy.

The approved levy is for up to $1,860,000.

“What this means is that when the tax bills come out, the average tax bill should be somewhere around the cost of living, the CPI (consumer price index), which is around 3 percent,” Mayor Norm Durflinger said.

The levy approved is $50,000 more than last years.

According to the ordinance, the levy will help provide money for the general fund, federal insurance contribution act fund, Illinois municipal retirement fund and police pension fund.

While approving this ordinance on the consent agenda, the board also approved a permission to request bids for a paramedic ambulance replacement and approval of the fall tourism grant applications.

Three event grants were approved, totaling $18,194. A Bradley University women’s soccer tournament was approved for $3,394, the Morton Park District was approved for a $4,800 grant and the Rural Home Mission Association 2013 conference was approved for a $10,000 grant.

The Morton Park District grant will reimburse the district for expenses from this year’s Blaze Soccer Tournament. Meanwhile, the $10,000 grant will be used to help fund the Small Town Pastor’s Conference, which takes place April 29-May 1 throughout Morton.

In other news, the board:

• Approved a public hearing date for the Sam Parrott real estate exchange with the village.

If the exchange goes through, Parrott would give the village property off of Washington Street, which is currently a parking lot behind Firehouse Pizza according to Durflinger, in exchange for the old fire house, police station, a house next to the fire house and a trade of houses between Parrott and the village.

In addition, the village would get a monetary amount from Parrott as well.

• Heard from Trustee Stephen Newhouse about the boundary agreement between Morton and East Peoria.

Newhouse said that both villages are still looking at the boundary line, and that the village is awaiting a response from East Peoria.

The next board meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Jan. 7.