School Board approves tentative tax levy

By on November 1, 2013

KANELAND—The Kaneland School Board on Monday approved a tentative property tax levy.

Not all board members were on board with the decision to approve the levy amount of $52,210,825, however, as Pedro Rivas and Tony Valente voted against the levy.

The levy includes operating levy amounts and bond and interest amounts, and would mean a tax increase of about 9.5 percent for homeowners.

Krauspe spoke on understanding the taxpayers.

“We’re all sensitive to taxpayers’ burdens,” she said. “We’re charged to protect their assets.”

Krauspe said that includes education, and that there are consequences if the district falls short of that responsibility.

Dr. Julie-Ann Fuchs, assistant superintendent for Business, during the meeting presented a “bottom line” report about the impact to taxpayers. The report noted that this year’s tax levy will pay for things such as programs, services, operating costs, salaries and other expenses for the 2014-15 school year.

The report gave examples of assessed home values ranging from $200,000 to $500,000. The increase from 2012 to 2013 would be an increase ranging from approximately $425 to $1,063 more in taxes to pay.

For instance, a home valued at $200,000 had an approximate tax bill for the Kaneland district at $4,479. The approximate tax bill for this year would be $4,904.

The report also factors in an assumption of a 7 percent decrease in home value. That means the above mentioned home would be valued at $186,000. The approximate tax bill at the “reduced value” is $4,561 and this reduced value entails that the increase from last year to this year is $82.

The other home examples at the decreased home value ranges of approximate increases of $123 to $205 from last year.

Jerry Elliott, Sugar Grove Township resident, voiced his concern during public comments and requested “transparency in their spending and taxation from the Kaneland School Board.”

“Why does the School District need more money?” Elliott asked during the meeting.

“You’ve gotten answers to those questions,” Kaneland Superintendent Jeff Schuler responded.