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District 302 school board unanimously backs tax levy

Published: Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012 5:30 a.m. CDT

SUGAR GROVE – A resident who showed up at Monday’s Kaneland School District 302 board meeting was prepared to voice concerns about the district’s tax levy.

But after hearing the numbers presented by Julie-Ann Fuchs, the district’s assistant superintendent for business, Sugar Grove resident Jerry Elliott had only compliments. And board member Tony Valente, who voted against the tentative levy set in October, supported the numbers presented Monday at Kaneland Harter Middle School.

“I really have no objection to that,” Elliott said.

But Fuchs said there weren’t many changes made. The operating levy was set at $40,590,520. It previously was set at $42,004,470. She said the amount collected would be 4.3 percent higher than last year.

In a document she provided to the board, Fuchs said that she did not have information from DeKalb County at the time of the tentative levy. She said with those estimates now known, “I am comfortable reducing the final levy amount.”

She reduced the operations and maintenance amount by $400,000, transportation by $100,000 and the special education fund by almost $800,000. She also adjusted the 2 percent balloon amount to 1 percent.

Valente said the previous numbers were too high, and he wasn’t comfortable supporting them. He said they set off “red flags,” but he praised Fuchs at the meeting and said later that while there will be an increase in taxes, “we are not going to have as big of an increase.”

At the meeting, board member Joe Oberweis remarked that the process is complicated and said, to Fuchs, “this is no different than the tentative levy?” Fuchs said it was not. She said the district still expects to receive about $40.3 million as its total operating levy, which is what she said at the previous meeting.

The money received from the tax levy helps provide programs, services and operating costs for the 2013-14 school year.

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