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CUSD 115 Board to Hear Tax Levy, Budget Proposals

Meeting begins at 7 p.m. at the district administrative building.

Yorkville School officials will discuss the proposed $52 million tax levy during Monday night’s regular school board meeting.

According to district documents, the proposed levy for 2012 is $52,407,538. School District 115 is the largest portion of the tax bill in Yorkville.

By law, every school district is allowed to levy, or ask for, more taxes than they will collect, based on a formula utilizing the assessment of a property and the consumer price index.

Board President Dave Dockstader told Patch in 2011 that 82 percent of the district’s revenue stream comes from property taxes, with 1.9 percent coming from federal aid; 12.4 percent from the state; and 3.1 percent from other local sources.

This revenue breaks down into expenditures through eight categories. Salaries make up 44 percent of expenditures, with benefits taking another 18.6 percent. Purchased Services are 13.8 percent; supplies and materials are 8.8 percent; and capital outlay is 0.8 percent. The remaining expenditures include 12.7 percent for other projects, .4 percent for non-capitalized equipment and .5 percent for contingencies.

Officials will also examine the amendments to the 2013 $61 million budget adopted in September. A public hearing will be held Dec. 17 for the amended budget.

Additionally principals from Circle Center Grade School, Bristol Grade School, Grande Reserve Elementary School, and Autumn Creek Elementary School will present their School Improvement Plans.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at the district's administrative office.

Jake Delrose November 27, 2012 at 08:23 AM
"By law, every school district is allowed to levy, or ask for, more taxes than they will collect, based on a formula utilizing the assessment of a property and the consumer price index." How about taxpayers flood this meeting and prevent anymore issues on our tax bills? This is where the real problem begins on our tax bills! The school district needs an independent auditor to assess the whole budget, go to departments and view needs and wants in budgets and propose possible eliminations to unnecessary expenditures. We need school reform for the tax payers and parents. Parents need to take back their freedoms, demand vouchers that follows children's education dollars to the school of their choice. This would eliminate and grow competition of schools to demand greater education requirements for their kids. You would also eliminate the issue of pensions because the public school would not be the only job provider to teachers, reduce administrators pay and benefits while shifting the burden to private schools seeking the best teachers for the education requirements demanded by parents for their children. but... This would be like striking the proverbial hornet's nest with a stick because the Illinois Teachers Association Union, realizing that it would lose members and requirements for excellence would be necessary for employment, would go on the attack not caring about parental choices in education for their kids.
Jake Delrose November 27, 2012 at 08:30 AM
But I also digress from my rant... Parents need to care about their children's education and that is a job in itself that no one could compare too. If parents are not directly involved with their kids education, then success is not as likely for future educational benefits. If your a parent that has a kid in school, please be directly involved with your kids education and don't worry about what your kids think. This is your investment to the world. Don't waste it letting others make choices for you in your kids education. You choose the school You choose the teachers You choose the education You choose your kids success in the future BE INVOLVED
Todd Milliron November 27, 2012 at 04:52 PM
@Jake I know many involved parents in CUSD #115; they are called school activity volunteers and parent coaches. Your voucher school ideas may work well in the urban environments, but I question how well they would work in the many rural areas of our country where the local school becomes the collective identity for a large rural land area and it is where a sense of community is developed and nurtured for our more rural agrarian citizens. Would a VOUCHER school fly in Newark or Lisbon? The Lisbon Grade School consistently has some of the highest test scores in the state for the grades that are taught there. It would appear Lisbon Township taxpayers are getting value for those property tax dollars collected by that elementary school district as that area pays some of the highest school property taxes in our county. Would a rural voucher school be able to afford an FFA chapter? Schools are more than just where the three "R's" taught. Another exemplary example within CUSD #115 - Yorkville's Music Dept. continues to raise the bar. I encourage everyone to plan for or try attending one of the two performances of the upcoming Christmas Prism concert on Sunday, Dec. 9. http://www.yorkvillebands.com/index/yorkvillebands.html It is well worth the price of the ticket and I guarantee you will leave filled with the Christmas Holiday Spirit. Get your tickets now as this festive concert always sells out early.
Jake Delrose November 27, 2012 at 06:39 PM
In Newark, the parents are highly involved with the schools. Your point in the urban areas is most likely correct but we cannot leave the freedoms for parents to choose education at the hands of others. The tax dollars can still be paid into the county but when it comes time for the student to go to school, the real estate tax info of collected taxes for the school district goes with that child to the school of the parents choice.

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