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District 113 Passes Tax Hike

Deerfield and Highland Park residents will be paying more in taxes next year.

Taxes were raised Monday for Highland Park and Deerfield residents by Township High School District 113.
Taxes were raised Monday for Highland Park and Deerfield residents by Township High School District 113.

A 2.97 percent increase in the real estate tax levy was unanimously approved by the Township High School District 113 Board of Education Monday during its regularly scheduled meeting in Highland Park.

Though some citizens spoke against the proposed increase bringing the 2013 property tax levy paid next year to $89,406,538 including bond interest to operate Deerfield and Highland Park High Schools, only Board member Annette Lidawer offered an opinion saying an annual bump should not be considered a certainty.

“Our taxpayers are struggling right now too,” Lidawer said. “I recognize the necessity for this levy, but having said that we must not accept an annual Levy as a given. We must be even more responsible fiscal stewards and not assume that we should automatically simply pass a tax levy.”

The increase means the owner of a $500,000 Highland Park or Deerfield home will pay approximately $115 more next year than in 2013, according to Assistant Superintendent for Finance Barry Bolek.

Along with increases from the City and Park District of Highland Park, a decrease from North Shore School District 112 and a freeze from Moraine Township, Highland Park owners of a $500,000 house will be paying an additional $138 next year.

In Deerfield the aggregate bump is $135 based on increase from District 113, the Village and the Deerfield Park District along with a decrease from Deerfield Public Schools District 109. Patch does not have figures from West Deerfield Township.

In other action, the District 113 Board delayed until Jan. 13 a decision to give all freshmen and sophomore students Chromebooks for the 2014-15 school year.

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forest barbieri December 11, 2013 at 05:04 PM
So D113, Park District, City of HP are digging deeper in our pockets. When do we hear from the 800 pound gorilla, Lake County? The Park District with a surplus of 22 Million just two years ago while generating at that time a yearly positive cash flow ...spends 4.5 Million on Rosewood Beach leaving about 18 Million surplus...they need to raise the tax levy because? They made a big deal of lowering it insignificantly during the pension scandal and election year. One of those things that makes you say hmmmmmm:)
Walter White December 11, 2013 at 05:38 PM
Thanks to you and all the other referendum cheerleaders for showing 113 we will keep on paying until it hurts.
NB December 12, 2013 at 10:37 AM
Actually, it already hurts. Lake County's the gorilla? I think Dist 113 and 109 are big and hairy enough, thank you very much.
Jon Hall December 12, 2013 at 11:02 AM
All in for swimming.
RB December 12, 2013 at 01:31 PM
Which one of our many taxing Districts have we not heard from yet? Seems like every one of them is joining the parade of over spending and taxing. Wait. Have we heard from the Mosquito District yet? Still more tax increases to come!
NB December 12, 2013 at 02:25 PM
@RB: There's also the Union Drainage District, the Fire & Ambulance District, the College of Lake County District....
McCloud December 12, 2013 at 03:24 PM
Spending and taxing? They're just following Obama's grand march. What would they do if not for taxing and spending?
RB December 12, 2013 at 04:21 PM
As usual Macwhacko blames everything on President Obama. At least he's consistent. These districts were established long before Mr. Obama was even born (in America).
McCloud December 12, 2013 at 04:29 PM
Taxing and spending have been around for a while too. The results are in, see cities such as Detroit, Chicago, Cleveland and DC for details of Democrats spending, taxing and spending.
Walter White December 12, 2013 at 04:32 PM
You mean like on 2 unnecessary wars?
Walter White December 12, 2013 at 04:33 PM
How come conservatives think spending on Americans is bad but it's OK to spend to rebuild Iraq.
McCloud December 12, 2013 at 05:11 PM
you may want to ask the 99 senators, most of them who are Democrats like Kerry and Clinton, who voted for them To assimulate conservatives with war, or even Bush shows your lack of understanding what conservatives think. when will you realize how bankrupt our cities, states and federal government is? Or will you just keep voting for the spenders cause they are in a different party than Bush.
Walter White December 12, 2013 at 05:26 PM
Well if John Boehner keeps getting angry at his own party for being idiots I might walk on the wild side, but he's probably just fearful of his own political future.
Walter White December 12, 2013 at 05:28 PM
Oh and I think those 99 might have had a little too much yellow cake.
McCloud December 12, 2013 at 05:30 PM
Boehner, Bush, McCain, not conservatives.
Walter White December 12, 2013 at 05:40 PM
Of course not.

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