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D115 Leaders Explain Property Tax Rates

Yorkville District 115 officials explain the levy process in response to questions about the tax rate and residents' tax bills.

officials issued the following news release on Monday afternoon:

As Yorkville residents receive their property tax bills, some are asking the question, “Why have my tax rates gone up?”

“Since Yorkville School District 115 is the largest portion of that tax bill, we feel that it is important to explain the process to concerned community members,” said Jacqui Parisi, District 115 business manager.

According to Parisi, when assessments drop in a county, the tax rate goes up because the same amount of money must be collected, along with the increase in the consumer price index (CPI).

 “This holds true for all taxing bodies in the county, such as village municipalities, libraries, park districts, etc.” said Parisi. “The phenomenon of a tax rate increase when assessments drop, applies to any tax-capped district. Yorkville 115 has not done anything differently, but has, in fact, taken action to reduce the expected $1.1 million 2011 fiscal year deficit,” she said.

“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 (CPI),” she said.

“Even though we levy at a higher amount than needed, the District only receives the amount of money to which it is entitled. In the fall, when the levy must be certified for Kendall County, we do not know what the new cumulative assessment will be,” she said.

“Because of that, every school district in Illinois must levy higher than the amount needed to operate, or the funds to run the District may not be available,” said Parisi. “If we lower the levy, we will never receive any lost revenue to which we are entitled, and must have, to continue maintaining reasonable class sizes and offering the highest quality programs for our students. It is important for every taxpayer to understand that even though District 115’s tax levy increased, we do not collect any additional monies than are allowed.”

“The Board of Education continues to be committed to providing the highest quality educational program for the families of Yorkville,” said David Dockstader, president of the District 115 Board of Education.  “At the same time, it is our duty to be vigilant with our fiscal responsibility on behalf of our community members, and we work very hard to strike a balance between the two,” he said.

According to Dockstader, 82% of the District’s revenue stream comes from property taxes, with 1.9% coming from Federal aid; 4.1% from General State aid, 8.3% from Other State; and 3.1% from Other Local sources.

This revenue breaks down into expenditures through eight categories. These expenses and percentages are Salaries, 44.4%; Benefits, 18.6%; Purchased Services 13.8%; Supplies and Materials, 8.8%; Capital Outlay, 0.8%; Other Objects, 12.7%; Non-Capitalized Equipment, 0.4%; and Provision for Contingencies, 0.5%.

“We want our community members to have their questions answered regarding District 115’s portion of the property tax bill, so we welcome any questions Yorkville residents might have concerning these issues,” said Dockstader.

Fred Bridge May 10, 2011 at 06:25 PM
I really don't care about all the gobbledygook about assessments and the CPI. The bottom line is that the school tax portion of my tax bill (not the rate - the taxes paid) went up 9.43 percent. But, if I try to make sense of your explanation, my taxes should have only gone up by the rate of increase of the CPI (2010 rate of 1.6 percent), which is certainly isn't anywhere near 9.43 percent. My assessed valuation went down 2.4 percent and the school tax rate went up 12.5 percent. Doesn't make sense. This was just the wrong time for such a substantial increase when you throw in the hit that we have taken from the city, state, and gasoine prices. Thank you!
Betty B May 10, 2011 at 06:38 PM
Fred is correct. We can ask you any question we want and you will revert to "we need more money for a quality education." I thought there was a taxpayer positive to retiring hundreds of highly paid teachers giving them bonuses so younger, less paid teachers could take there place. Seems like we save money on salaries and do what with it? I know, give it to over-paid bosses like the $250K pension for Engler. Yeah, you get it. Keep squeezing the taxpayer. He will give in or the school leaders will threaten CUTS and send the students home telling their parents that they better support the schools or little Johnny might not pass third grade... Yeah, right. The Education Mafia.
Todd Milliron May 10, 2011 at 08:10 PM
Please explain how CUSD #115 Early Retirement works, what is the percentage bump in pay when one declares CUSD #115 Early Retirement? When can one ask for and declare CUSD #115 Early Retirement? I believe it is something the CUSD #115 School Board put in place early in the last decade, what was the date for that incentive to retire early approved? How many educators to date have taken advantage of CUSD #115 Early Retirement Policy since it was approved by the CUSD #115 School Board? Please provide monthly Pension amount for each educator that opted to take advantage early retirement policy. Please provide monthly employee premium contribution for employee Health Insurance, Employee Dental Insurance and Life Insurance for single employee, single plus one and family. Please provide Current Monthly Health Insurance Premium and Dental Insurance Premium charged by Blue Cross Blue Shield for Single Employee, Single plus one and Family. Please provide current BCBS Outline of Benefits for current BCBS Medical and Dental plan provided to employees. Employee Benefits are currently being discussed and negotiated now, as part of last years pay bump settlement contract provisions, when will that new CUSD #115 benefits discussion that is yet to be decided and negotiated be on the School Board Meeting Agenda? Where can one find a CUSD #115 Meeting Agenda online 48 hours in advance of the CUSD #115 meeting to be held?
Julie Gondar May 11, 2011 at 01:42 AM
It doesn't matter what questions we ask ~ the salaries are not going to change (particularly the ones close to $100K) and we're still going to be forced to pay fees and the education is still going to be second rate at best.
Jillian Duchnowski May 11, 2011 at 04:50 PM
Todd, District 115 meeting documents are available online here: http://www.boarddocs.com/il/ycusd115/Board.nsf
Jillian Duchnowski May 11, 2011 at 05:19 PM
Also, I know this doesn't respond to a question you asked, but you can read about the school district's financial outlook here: http://patch.com/A-ffdr And you can read about administrators' concerns about crowding at the high school here: http://patch.com/A-cwNc

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