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D. 202 approves $201.7 million 2019 property tax levy - Projected tax rate expected to drop for fifth straight year

District 202 will ask the Will and Kendall County clerks for $201,675,896 in local property taxes (including bond and interest) through the district’s 2019 levy – about $4,384,570 or 2.2 percent more than last year’s levy.

The District 202 Board of Education approved the 2019 levy at its regular meeting on Monday, December 16, 2019 following a public hearing as required by law.

District officials project that the district’s total tax rate will fall from $5.50 per $100 of equalized assessed value (EAV) this year, to about $5.35 per $100 of EAV thanks to rising property values, and conservative budgeting.

This will be the fifth straight year the district’s anticipated tax rate is expected to drop. The tax rate has fallen 15 percent since 2014-15 when it reached $6.26.

The actual tax rate cannot be determined until after the district’s EAV is finalized early next year.

The tax levy is the school district’s official request for its share of local property taxes. The tax extension is the amount of local taxes the district receives from the counties it serves. The official extension will be calculated after the district’s final equalized assessed value is set next April.

The 2019 levy request is about 4.7 percent higher than the 2018 extension of $192.6 (including bond and interest).  However, the 2019 levy is about $4,384,570 more than the 2018 levy of $197 million.

Although the 2019 levy is 4.7 percent higher than last year’s extension, district officials expect this year’s actual tax extension to be only about 2.1 percent higher than last year’s extension.

Governments routinely request more money than is needed to ensure that they capture their full share of taxes. This process is called a “balloon levy.” If governments ask for less than what they ultimately are due, they lose any funds greater than what was requested.

The state tax cap law limits the amount of new revenues the district can levy each year to either the Consumer Price Index (CPI) or 5 percent, whichever is less. For the 2019 levy, the CPI will be 1.9 percent.

Therefore, when the levy process is complete District 202 will be able to increase its local property tax revenues by only 1.9 percent (plus the value of new construction). New property values can fluctuate between now and when final numbers are received. In addition, the economy continues to show signs of slow improvement.

Of the total amount of the proposed 2019 levy, about $172.8 million, or about 85 percent will go to the districts’ operating funds -- Education, Operations and Maintenance, Transportation, Working Cash, Illinois Municipal Employees Retirement Fund, Special Education and Tort.