D115 Passes Tax Levy

Board unanimously supports proposal during Dec. 17 meeting.

Yorkville CUSD 115 School Board of Education officials unanimously adopted a $47,018,000 tax levy Dec. 17.

The total 2011 levy was $44,254,548, 6.24 percent less than the proposed 2012 levy. Estimated property taxes in the 2012 levy are $5,389,538, according to district documents. That is a 6.91 percent increase over the $5,041,065 in property taxes in the 2011 levy.

The school district is the largest recipient of property taxes levied 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.

In 2012, the Illinois State Board of Education recog­nized Yorkville School District for its Annual Financial Report. The rating places Yorkville in the highest state recognition for financial strength, district documents show.

jean December 24, 2012 at 01:22 PM
everyones incomes are going down. why are we being taxed to raise someone elses income. we can't afford it!!!!
Reasonable Conservative December 24, 2012 at 02:59 PM
This is going to destroy our community. Even with all that we see going on economically the school board just does not get it. Money is limitless and the cliff is not coming and Santa Claus is real. OK, it is obvious there can be no political solution within our system and they only way it will end is when it collapses. You will drive people out of this community with the egregious taxes. The rich and the poor can afford to enjoy the schools here, but the cost to the middle class is unconscionable and immoral. Spend away until the system breakS and there is no one left to pay the bill.
MikeK December 24, 2012 at 03:59 PM
Remember, we all need to be informed to what this individuals are asking for and why the increase is essential. Did the Board bother to inform the public to why the increases are needed? Are they for salaries? This is one are that should be frozen right now until the area is better economically. Are the increases for more equipment? We need to review what equipment is needed. Have there been any areas looked at for reducing? I doubt it. We need others to step up and challenge these members in the voting booth. They have been there maybe far to long if not looking out for the taxpayer is not their #1 priority.
Jim B December 24, 2012 at 04:44 PM
I agree with many of the preceeding comments, especially two. "Did the board inform the public " and "incomes are going down". Are these people aware of the current economy? Do they realize not many get a raise currently, so why are they so important? ....and the "but we teach your children.....", doesn't fly with me as my kids can't even sign their names because the district stopped teaching cursive. We are all making do with less..........they should too!
Greg O'Neil December 24, 2012 at 04:45 PM
Merry Christmas Yorkville. Hey it's only a 6.91% increase. I' m sure the board considered the hardship this will create for many before they approved this. Most people's incomes are increasing at a much higher rate, aren't they? They need that money so they can hand out big pay raises... They deserve it don't they. I guess when only 74% of the voters asked for a levy reduction that's not enough for the Einstein's on the school board. They know what's good for you!!! That's why YOU elected them isn't it; so they could tell you what's best for your families?
Tim December 24, 2012 at 05:00 PM
Yes, MOST peoples incomes are increasing at a higher rate. In fact, MOST peoples income increased by an annual 7.2%(0.6%/month in Nov) http://www.bea.gov/newsreleases/national/pi/pinewsrelease.htm If you aren't seeing this increase, then you are not included in 'most'. That doesn't change the fact that it is indeed happening for most people. 74% of the residents might have well asked for a winning lottery ticket, it's about as likely to happen in reality. It doesn't suddenly mean it is a good idea to listen to them and make long-term financial decisions based on that wish.
ROBERT E. LEE December 25, 2012 at 12:48 PM
the idiot that thinks the average wage increase in yorkville is 7.2% must be a school teacher. our . he should try living on social security and have to go back to work at 71 and then find that means you have to pay income taxes on social security it should be illigal for teachers to have unions that buy polititions bob
Louise December 25, 2012 at 10:45 PM
The errors in logic and written communication in these posts should clearly indicate the need for better schools. Check your facts, there, Mr. Lee. Teacher pay is public knowledge. None of them are getting 7.2%. Perhaps all of you who wish to be more informed should attend a public board of ed meeting, or read the local newspaper. Don't blame others for your ignorance. Yes, the board has spent taxpayer money like it's going out of style lately. Look into it. Get the facts and make your complaints more than just poorly written gripes on a webpage.
dlm December 26, 2012 at 03:33 AM
I read the paper and it said that Kendall County has the highest foreclosure rate in the State of Illinois. Further, the State of Illinois ranks third in US in foreclosures behind Florida and Nevada. We can't afford more taxes. I am tired of listening to the teachers whine about their pay and their pensions. Private sector organizations cut benefits and pay all the time, if you don't like it too bad, go work somewhere else! If others are not informed maybe try informng them rather than be so condescending.
jean December 26, 2012 at 09:36 AM
Annual income has raised because everyone who had no job last year has a minimum wage job this year. Many people were taken off unemployment just before elections. My family income has gone down 40 percent. And our benefits decreased. Our health insurance has gone up and the deductible is insane. The state of Illinois has done so many cuts. Why cant Yorkville figure it out. We are really hurting. Just ask the food banks and churches.
Audity December 26, 2012 at 06:39 PM
Sorry, Tim, the BLS reflects that wages only increased around 2% for the 12-month period. The BEA shows disposable personal income, which could reflect a variety of different issues, but the report specifically cites wage disbursement, not wage increases. Wage disbursement has to do with the amount of money be paid out in aggregate, not necessarily increases to existing wages. http://www.bls.gov/news.release/eci.nr0.htm So, that small of a percentage seems to suggest that it is, indeed, "not happening for most people." So, if 74% of people had voted for Obama, does that mean we shouldn't necessarily acknowledge him as President if we didn't really want to? But, if people don't vote in order to express their collective political opinion, how else would you recommend they go about it? Harsh language? Always a fan of the spin! Loking forward to it.
Kevin Wagner December 26, 2012 at 07:39 PM
Spot on! There is an obvious anomaly in the November data. Perhaps it relates to Jean’s hypothesis. For example people who are otherwise employed found work due to the Christmas season. Nowhere in the cited reference is there an indication that “most” people’s income increased by 7.2% annually. Tim has a tendency to interpret data for his own amusement. He took data that compares income increases month over month and annualized that number. The .6% increase in November only indicates income was .6% more in November than in October. Based on the data presented it is not possible to draw Tim’s conclusion of a 7.2% annual increase. Read the data. Furthermore, if Tim’s logic were correct (and it is not), a .6% increase month over month would result in an annual increase of 6.8016% and the twelfth month of the cycle would be 7.4424%! Not convinced? Do the math.
Tim December 26, 2012 at 09:09 PM
We are discussing rate of growth, since that was what my comment was in response to. a .6% change in a single month, is a 7.2% yearly RATE of growth. That was the rate, for that month. There are different rates, for different months. It is included right in the footnotes of the link I provided, had you bothered to read it. Semantics aside, the majority of people are seeing an increase in wages. And like I already said, that does not mean EVERYONE, it means the majority. If you are not included in this, then you are not in the majority. Again, that doesn't change the fact that it is happening to the majority of people around you. Now, unless you make EXACTLY the amount of your school taxes every year, the rate of growth is more important than the amount. Lets say you paid $5000 in taxes to the school district, and it increased 7%, that is $350 more per year. The average income in your district is around 95K/yr, even at .6% for a single month, is $570 more per year, per income earner. Easily enough to cover the increase in taxes, with plenty left over. And that was just from a single month. Your 2% increase, even more so. If the presidential election was a non-binding referendum, your 74% voting for Obama would make sense. But it wasn't, and it doesn't. You inability to understand this aspect of how finances are calculated, probably has a direct result on your inability to afford to live in any certain area. MOST of your neighbors have no such problems.
Audity December 26, 2012 at 11:30 PM
Good try, Tim! Well done. But, I did read the footote of your page, that's how I found the one I posted. Just because there was a .6% increase in one month does not mean that it was 7.2% for the year, nor does it state that anywhere in that report. To assume so is just creative math. In addition, stated directly in the report you cite, is that it reflects Personal Disposable Income - NOT wage increases, which has nothing to do with the majority of anything, sorry. Disposable Personal Income has nothing to do with employer wage increases - that's why they are on two different government reports. Which really confuses me about whose inability to calculate finances is in question here... And, the issue is not that the referendum is binding or not, it's about the vote, the voice, the statement - essentially democracy at work. If you can wrap your head around that, maybe you can also figure out why none of this has anything to do with my ability to afford to live in a certain area - of which said ability is not in question here, nor is it an issue, and it's misguided to believe that I have any issue doing so. Nice try, though - I remain a huge fan of your ability to spin - misguided as it may be, it's still probably the most creative I have ever seen! Well done!


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