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Kane County Forest Preserve Commission asks for tax levy hike

Published: Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012 5:30 a.m. CDT

GENEVA – The Kane County Forest Preserve District is asking for more money from property taxpayers than it did last year.

Monday, the Kane County Forest Preserve Commission, meeting in special session, approved a tax levy request for 2013 that is about 3.6 percent greater than what it requested last year.

The Forest Preserve Commission is made up of the members of the County Board.

In all, the district is seeking to increase its property tax amount by about $223,300 in 2013, to $6.4 million. The property tax money is slated to be used to fund day-to-day operations in the district.

The tax levy increase will likely produce higher tax rates for property owners in 2013.

The district did not provide estimates of how much the levy increase might raise tax rates. Forest Preserve Commission President John Hoscheit, R-St. Charles, did not return messages left for him Monday.

However, any increase from the district will likely be slight, relative to increases from other taxing bodies, and school districts, particularly.

In 2012, the district charged taxpayers about 26 cents per $100 EAV, meaning the owner of a home valued at $300,000 paid about $261 to the district.

By contrast, the same homeowner living in the Tri-Cities would have paid between $5,100 and $5,800 to the local public school district.

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