Public hearing on tax levy set in Kaneland

Published: Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

SUGAR GROVE – A public hearing on the property tax levy will be part of the upcoming Kaneland School District 302 board meeting, which is set for 7 p.m. Monday at Kaneland Harter Middle School, 1601 Esker Drive, Sugar Grove.

The hearing will include a brief overview of the hearing, questions or comments from board members and public comment, according to documents included in the district’s packet distributed to board members and the media. The documents indicate that “the board does not generally respond to public comments at this time – any discussion would usually take place after the hearing as the levy is discussed and adopted.”

District officials intend to have a vote on approval of the levy, which would take place after the hearing.

In October, the board approved a tentative levy increase, but it was not unanimous. Board members Tony Valente and Pedro Rivas voted against it.

According to information provided by Julie-Ann Fuchs, the district’s assistant superintendent for business, the impact on taxpayers would include increases of $425 for the owner of a $200,000 home, $638 for the owner of a $300,000 home and $850 for the owner of a $400,000 home.

She also listed smaller impact amounts for those who might see their homes reassessed by a 7 percent decrease in home value.

For instance, she said, the owner of a $200,000 home would now be the owner of a $186,000 home, and the increase would be $82 instead of $425.

Other increases were $123 ($279,000 home), $164 ($372,000 home) and $205 ($465,000 home).

If you go

The Kaneland School District 304 school board will meet at 7 p.m. Monday at Kaneland Harter Middle School, 1601 Esker Drive, Sugar Grove. A public hearing on the property tax levy will be part of the meeting.

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