Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Tentative plan does not take new labor contracts into account.
The Park Ridge Elementary District 64 school board will have a better idea of how much it will spend next year when it votes on the 2012-2013 budget Sept. 24, now that the district and the Park Ridge Education Association have agreed on a four-year contract. The board held a public hearing on its tentative budget Sept. 10. The version presented then – the fourth draft of the tentative budget – called for about $72.1 million in revenue and about $70.4 million in expenditures, which is a 0.6 percent decrease from last year’s actual expenditures. That leaves a surplus of about $1.78 million, said Business Manager Rebecca Allard at the public hearing. Earlier: District 64, teachers agree on contract Allard pointed out that salary increases …
Friday, September 7, 2012
Plan projects more in property taxes because of early tax bills
The Maine Township High School District 207 school board on Sept. 4 approved a $138.2 million budget for the 2012-2013 school year, up about $400,000 from the tentative budget approved in July. The budget includes projected revenues of $142.3 million, up about $1.6 million from the tentative budget. The budget passed 5-1, with board member Edward Mueller voting against it. “I think it’s a mistake to raise taxes,” Mueller said, reiterating his objection to the tentative budget, which he also voted against. Earlier: District 207 approves tentative budget The tentative budget projects a 3.8 percent increase, or $3.5 million more than last year, in property taxes, according to Mary Kalou, the assistant superintendent for business, but much of …
Monday, July 23, 2012
In its proposed budget, taxpayers will pay more, though it also benefits from casino revenue. It also will spend less, due to two programs being cut. District residents can voice their opinions.
The Maine Township High School District 207 school board this month approved a $137.8 million tentative spending plan budget for the 2012-2013 school year. That woud be a $2.7 million drop from last year. The budget includes projected revenues of $140.7 million, meaning that if all goes according to plan, there will be a $2.9 million surplus. District residents can view the budget and comment on it at a public hearing before a final vote at the district’s Sept. 4 board meeting. Board member Edward Mueller voted against it. The tentative budget projects a 2.8 percent increase in property taxes, according to Mary Kalou, the assistant superintendent for business. That increase is based on three factors: Earlier: District 207, teachers agree…
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Plan calls for 7.3 percent spending increase in Niles Township High School District 219's budget for the next school year. It's mostly due to a new pool; residents can comment--view budget online.
The Niles Township High School District 219 school board approved a tentative $156 million budget for the next school year. That marks a 7.31 increase in spending over the 2011-2012 budget, with much of the increase due to the cost of the new aquatic center at Niles North High School. District 219 also includes Niles West High School. The plan also estimates that the district will receive $156 million in revenue, a 1 percent decline from last year’s revenue estimate. The tentative budget will be on public display until Aug. 27, when the school board is expected to vote on it. It can be viewed online here. Earlier: District approves new pool at Niles North New financial officer welcomed At the same meeting, the school board …
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Residents may see a reduction in portion of their taxes if OK'd.
The Morton Grove Public Library Board is expected to approve its budget at its next meeting this Thursday night, as reported by the Morton Grove Champion. Residents could see a roughly $5 reduction in a portion of their tax bills if the board approves the 2012 budget on Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. in the Baxter Room of the library. A draft budget was discussed by board members on Oct. 25, which was presented to the village. However, trustees have yet to approve it. In 2011 the budget called for $3,165,847,32 in expenses and revenues. Property taxes accounted for $3,099,570 of that revenue. This year the library expects to spend $10,000 less for salaries due to the resignations of the director and two library heads, Interim Co-Director Kevin Justie…
Monday, October 31, 2011
A trio of elected officials spoke on jobs, healthcare and the struggling economy during a forum in Skokie on Friday.
The debate over spending, taxes and how to get the sluggish economy pumping again may be taking place in the nation’s capital, but it was also the basis of a local conversation in Skokie on Friday. U.S Senator Richard Durbin and U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky were among the panelists at a legislative forum hosted by the Skokie Chamber of Commerce. Both talked about the need to make changes in the U.S. tax code if the country was going to see a balanced budget once more as well as getting the unemployment rate down. Durbin laid out some specifics at the Evanston Golf Club talking about the work of the 12 member super committee composed of members of both chambers that was created as part of the deal to hike the debt ceiling after a prolonged …
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Meeting to be held at Golf Middle School at 6:30 p.m.
Golf School District 67 will discuss its finances, budget and possible cuts to programs tonight at 6:30 p.m. at Golf Middle School. Tonight's board meeting agenda is located at the right-hand side of this article. Related: Students Bring Home Economic Stress to Class, Golf Middle School Tells Durbin District 67 Budget Breakdown Over the past five years, Golf District 67 has struggled with balancing its budget. Read More: District 67 Funding Woes
Monday, September 12, 2011
Also hears report from Stevenson School and learns enrollment is up.
Stevenson stars Stevenson School in Des Plaines hosted the Sept. 7 East Maine Elementary District 63 school board meeting and offered a presentation on its Positive Behavior Intervention and Support program. Stevenson Principal Howard Sussman explained the four-star plan, which calls on students to be respectful, responsible, peaceful and united. Students have a “training day” to learn appropriate behavior on the first day of school, a retraining days after winter and spring breaks. Students “caught” doing something right get “gotcha” coupons which are entered into a weekly drawing for a prize. It works, Sussman said. The number of discipline referrals dropped from 918 in 2004-05 to 302 in 2010-11, and students now want to get “gotchas” …
Friday, May 13, 2011
Down the road, Niles residents enjoy the lightest levy load of the 14 communities in annual report.
Morton Grove residents are the most heavily taxed in the northern Chicago suburbs again this year, according to a recently survey, while their neighbors in Niles enjoy the lowest tax burden. The average Morton Grove household will pay $1,719.89 this year--the most among 14 communities surveyed by the City of Park Ridge--in property and other taxes as well as fees. Morton Grove also topped last year's survey, which took into account such costs as trash pickup, auto licenses and water and sewer fees. A news report yesterday erroneously said Morton Grove did not participate in the annual survey, but the information was based on an early version of the report. Morton Grove was late getting its information in and eventually was included. Having…
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Local government money could be used to pay old bills, according to Illinois Statehouse News.
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
SPRINGFIELD —Gov. Pat Quinn suggested a new way to pay off the $4.5 billion the state owes by suspending payment to local governments, according to Illinois Statehouse News. Quinn proposed halting the Local Government Distributive Fund, which designates a portion of state taxes to local municipalities. The LGDF money would eventually be sent out after the state bills are paid off. “Our goal is to pay the bills and we need the General Assembly's support to make this happen,” Kelly Kraft, Quinn’s Office of Management and Budget spokeswoman told Statehouse. While the governor has proposed the idea, lawmakers would still have to approve the payment delay. The above article is from Illinois Statehouse News. Stay tuned to Patch for …