Monthly Archives: November 2009

Property owners will pay more

Guest Commentary by Brian Pondenis; printed in The Leader, November 26, 2009; posted here courtesy of The Leader.

After attending the Heritage School Board’s Truth in Taxation meeting, I stand behind everything I wrote in my prior column several weeks ago. All facts contained in the article had concrete sources, including the News-Gazette, the Champaign County Assessor’s office, and Heritage School Board meeting minutes. Continue reading

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Public Libraries Around Broadlands, Illinois

In the 1950s, motivated residents of Broadlands founded a library located in the Community Building.  Unfortunately, Broadlands no longer has its own library. Below is a list of libraries in surrounding communities. 

Homer Library

Newman Regional Library

Villa Grove (Camargo Township) Library

Philo Public Library

St. Joseph Township Library


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New to Broadlands? Here is some useful information.

New to Broadlands? Or maybe you’re already a resident here and need to find some information. While most of the information can certainly be found elsewhere, only here it is all presented in one place.

Here you will find useful information to make your move to the Village as smooth as possible. Included is information on mail, utilities, communications, schools, and village government.

Check back with the Broadlands Spectator for news, stories, and commentary.

Link to Information page.


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Broadlands Village Ordinances

There seems to be a public lack of awareness regarding Village Ordinances. In the interest of providing information, copies of the current Ordinances, as well as some historical ordinances, may be found here. –Ed.


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Public needs to know the truth

Guest Commentary by Brian Pondenis;  The Leader, November 12, 2009.  Posted here courtesy of The Leader. [Author’s source information included for reference].

The Heritage School Board wants to raise your property taxes again. You may have seen a notice to this effect in recent newspapers. The notice indicates that Heritage wants an overall 6.82% increase in revenue derived from property tax and invites the public to attend a “Truth in Taxation” meeting.

Last November, a large turnout of Champaign County voters defeated a proposition to increase the sales tax by 1% to provide funding for school facilities. Unsatisfied with that result, Continue reading

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Broadlands Community Building Needs Help

by Brian Pondenis, for the Southern Champaign County Today, October 28, 2009.

The Ayers Township Community Building, located on Lincoln Street in Broadlands, needs your help. As many residents are aware, the building is in poor condition and requires many repairs to restore and maximize its usefulness to the community. The Community Building has a distinctive architecture and a rich history, which deserve preservation. Yet, the community would benefit from modifications designed to ensure the building fits the needs of today’s residents.

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