District 109 Board Raises Tax Levy

Homeowners will pay less than 1 percent more taxes next year.

An increase of 1.9 percent to the portion of the 2011 property tax levy was unanimously approved by the School Board after a public hearing Monday. 

The hike will mean an increased property tax payment for Deerfield home owners of less than 1 percent according Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Operations Greg Himebaugh. “They will pay .98 percent more,” he said referring to the taxpayers. 

Before the regular business of the meeting, opened a public hearing to give people a chance to speak on the subject of the levy. London explained the hearing was not required but the Board felt transparency on the issue was important. 

Though there were no objections from the public, there were questions that the Board answered. “Why are the taxes going up,” Danielle Maldonado asked. “What is it going to cover?” 

London and explained the District was required to pass the measure to have any tax money. “We have to pass the levy to have the right to collect any taxes at all,” Goier said. 

The levy is going up by the amount of the Consumer Price Index (CPI) and new construction according to Board Member Michael Rosenbaum. That is the legal limit for the raise. 

“CPI is 1.5 percent,” Rosenbaum said. “The increase is limited to CPI and new construction. That is why it is 1.9 percent.”

Most of the meeting was devoted to expressing support for the Deerfield Education Association teachers union which is currently working under an expired contract. A federal mediator is helping the parties deal with the issues.

Before the public comment two teachers, were recognized as heroes in the classroom after being feted last month by members of the Chicago Bears organization.

Mara Meyer December 14, 2011 at 02:24 PM
What does the President of the School Board mean that an open hearing regarding the tax levy is not required? Are you kidding me?
RB December 14, 2011 at 04:51 PM
Lake County, Illinois is the 14th highest taxed county in the country. Yes, you read that correctly. What's a few more hundredths of a percent? It's adding up folks! Find ways to excel with out raising taxes!!!!
Anne December 14, 2011 at 05:45 PM
Why am I not surprised...get a clue, it isn't the teachers it is the Administrators, they need to justify themselves and their large salaries. Those that CAN TEACH, those that CAN'T direct and the kids suffer!
Anne December 14, 2011 at 05:50 PM
Just a suggestion, but if the Administration were really concerned about how effective their curricullum REALLY is for the average and the kid who has special needs, perhaps they should survey the district to see how much EXTRA Tutoring parents FEEL they MUST suplement because the district has taken so much away from the AVERAGE and IEP kids to enhance the TAP program. Now they want to raise TAXES again....here is a suggestion, how about having a public review of the Administration and the Boards Accomplishments, and let's include the DHS Teachers who have to remediate the failings of Dist 109 because of a lousy curriculum.
RonnieTheLimoDriver December 14, 2011 at 07:04 PM
The Board never answered the question of why the Levy needed to be increased and what this money would go to. We all understand that the Board needs to pass a measure so they get some tax money, but nobody has explained why it needs to go up. While they may be legally allowed to increase the Levy by this amount, that doesn't mean they should. While it might be no bid deal to some people, for others who are already struggling to make ends meet, 1% is a big increase. Lets not forget that the Village themselves is going to need to increase their Levy as well, but at least they went through the process of justifying why.
NB December 14, 2011 at 08:32 PM
So let's see....the library referendum added only how much to our bill? And then there's this ongoing desire by dist 113 to add some to our bill....and now 109 wants to pile on....and let's not forget that all of a sudden....our marvelous Village Board is feeling the pinch and might raise our taxes (guess they're wishing they had that $850 large they blew on Harriet's Tunnel to Down Town)...and let's not forget that every other year or so our independent Parks District likes to snag a few houses off of the tax rolls so they can enlarge a parking lot or build a new out building...and then there's the Mosquito Abatement District and Union Drainage District 11 and let's not forget West Deerfield Township and all the wonderful duplicative services they provide for us.... Whew...I'm tired. All I can say is that my freakin' house hadn't lost 25% of it's value over the last four years, I would be out of here....last week. Enough already!
RB December 14, 2011 at 10:37 PM
I agree with you, except for the part about leaving Deerfield. I love Deerfield and hope the Village school boards, government, park districts etc. stop spending all this money and quit asking for tax increases. Sensible government would look at combining school districts and rolling the park district into the Village. Do away with the Township double government. I bet just those few things would save millions. Then lower taxes.
NB December 14, 2011 at 10:53 PM
Oh, I don't want to leave, it's just becoming very unaffordable to be here. I was hoping that we would stay here through retirement and keep this as the central meeting place for the family. Now, I don't know if there would be anything left for simple maintenance on the house after paying all the taxes. Spend some time walking the neighborhoods and you can see home that must be owned by senior citizens who are in that kind of conundrum.
DP December 14, 2011 at 11:39 PM
Anne, if 109 is taking money from the average and IEP kids to supplement TAP, they are wasting their money. We have a kid that qualifies for TAP, but the program doesn't even come close to meeting his needs. So in addition to all these crazy taxes, we spend $18,000 a year to send him to a school that can actually challenge him. 109 didn't even come close...
HB December 15, 2011 at 12:32 AM
DP, how fortunate you are that you can send your child to a private school and get them the education they need, Private schools are not mandated to follow IEP's for students requiring those special services so sending OUR children elsewhere is not an option. We have to fight for those services in 109 so that our children get what they need. Anne, I couldn't have said it better myself!
M. R. December 18, 2011 at 03:57 AM
Make sure to check this opinion letter http://deerfield.patch.com/articles/letter-to-the-editor-one-parent-s-perspective#comments_list
M. R. December 22, 2011 at 03:09 AM
So district needs money, why??? Quote from 10/17/2011 district 109 board of education meeting minutes: "Mr. Himbebaugh noted that for fiscal year 2010/11 the District reveues came in higher than forecasted for all operating funds. State revenues exceeded budget projections by $525,000 in the Education Fund and $78,000 in the Transportation Fund. Expenditures were significantly lower than forecasted due to lower costs for out of district special education..." So over a 1/2 million extra, wonder where that's going????


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