SDs 159, 161 approve higher tax levies
BY SUSAN DEMAR LAFFERTY firstname.lastname@example.org December 7, 2012 5:54PM
Updated: December 14, 2012 11:46AM
Mokena School District 159 and Frankfort-based Summit Hill District 161 have increased their tax levies — the amount of money they hope to raise via property tax — while Frankfort Community Consolidated District 157C’s levy is about the same as last year, officials said.
All three districts will hold public hearings in the upcoming days to discuss the levies.
Districts often increase their levies because the amount they collect can be lower than the amount they request.
District 159 officials are proposing a $15.2 million levy for 2012, an increase of just under 5 percent from its $14.5 million request in 2011. The district will hold a public hearing on the levy at 7 p.m. Dec. 19 at Mokena Elementary School, 11244 Willowcrest Lane.
District 161 approved a levy of $32.2 million — $1.55 million more than last year — which could cost the owner of a $200,000 home about $69 more per year, according to district figures. A public hearing is scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday (Dec. 12) at the district’s Administrative Center, 20100 S. Spruce Drive, Frankfort.
District 157C expects its levy to remain steady, at about $29 million, Assistant Supt. Curt Saindon said.
That doesn’t mean that taxes won’t go up, because the formula used takes into account the assessed valuation of all property in the district.
“The one thing we can control is how much we ask for,” Saindon said.
Through “prudent spending,” cost-cutting and refinancing bonds, the district for the second straight year will not need to ask for more from taxpayers, Saindon said.
“We’re trying to hold it steady. It’s challenging because things will be getting tighter and tighter,” he said.
The district will hold a public hearing at 7:10 p.m. Monday (Dec. 10) at Grand Prairie School, 10480 Nebraska St., Frankfort.