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District 202 Board of Ed. approves $195 million 2017 property tax levy -- Projected tax rate expected to drop by 4 percent

District 202 will ask the Will and Kendall County clerks for $195,031,960 in local property taxes (including bond and interest) through the district’s 2017 levy.

This year’s request is about $590,000, or three-tenths of one percent more than last year’s levy.

The Board held a public hearing on the proposed levy, as required by law, at its regular meeting Monday, December 18, 2017 and approved the levy later at the same meeting.

District officials project that the district’s total tax rate will fall from $5.89 per $100 of equalized assessed value (EAV) this year, to about $5.64 per $100 of EAV thanks to rising property values, and conservative budgeting.

However, the actual tax rate cannot be determined until after the district’s EAV is finalized early next year.

The tax levy is the school district’s official request for its share of local property taxes. The tax extension is the amount of local taxes the district actually receives from the counties it serves. The official extension will be calculated after the district’s final equalized assessed value is set next April.

The approved 2017 levy request is about 5.7 percent higher than the 2016 extension of $184,486,890 (including bond and interest).  However, the 2017 levy is only about $590,000 more than the 2016 levy of $194.4  million.

Although the 2017 levy is 5.7 percent higher than last year’s extension, district officials expect this year’s actual tax extension to be only about 1.3 percent higher than last year’s extension.

It is normal for governments to request significantly more money than is actually needed to ensure that they get their full share of taxes. This process is called a “balloon levy.” If governments ask for less than what they ultimately are due, they lose any funds greater than what is requested.

The state tax cap law limits the amount of new revenues the district can levy each year to either the Consumer Price Index (CPI) or 5 percent, whichever is less. For the 2017 levy, the CPI will be 2.1 percent.

Therefore, District 202 will be able to increase its local property tax revenues by only 2.1percent (plus the value of new construction). New property values can fluctuate between now and when final numbers are received. As well, the economy continues to show signs of slow improvement.

About $165.5 million, or about 85 percent of the total amount of the 2017 levy will go to the districts’ operating funds -- Education, Operations and Maintenance, Transportation, Working Cash, Illinois Municipal Employees Retirement Fund, Special Education and Tort.