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Want to make a statement? Well, there's nothing like a big round number to do it. And indications are that the school board at Oak Park and River Forest High School is in the statement-making business. 

Thursday night when the District 200 board gathers to set its tax levy for next year, it is clear the board won't raise the levy, will skip over the option of holding the levy flat as a gift to taxpayers, and may well proceed to the biggest number its Finance Advisory Committee suggested recently as a way to deal with the super-sized financial reserve at the high school. 

That would be a $10 million reduction in next year's levy. That would mean a cut in the OPRF portion of your property taxes of several hundred dollars, depending on the value of your home. That would be a tacit acknowledgement by the school board that we have been badly overtaxed by OPRF in recent years.

Residents of Oak Park and River Forest have historically had a strong and positive connection to their high school. This step will be a tangible bid by the school to reconnect with its communities.

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Mike S from Oak Park  

Posted: January 14th, 2014 9:35 AM

FINALLY! I hope OPRF will keep going with this initiative in years going forward. Both residents and businesses are unable to stay in Oak Park because of OPRF's taxes. They are hurting the community.

Done from Oak Park  

Posted: January 14th, 2014 8:40 AM

Well said, Bill.

Unfortunately  

Posted: January 13th, 2014 10:38 PM

@Bill. Why do you think that D200 is responsible for "funding" pensions or health insurance for their certified employees? This is not the responsibility of oak park and river forest property taxpayers. Translated: show me MY money!

Bill from Oak Aprk  

Posted: January 13th, 2014 9:22 PM

Before the nominal give back, maybe District 200 should 1. Fund their unfunded pension and healthcare benefits ($6.5 M pension, $7.8 M health) 2. Work with other taxing districts to allow them to build a surplus and whittle down the crazy unfunded liabilities in their pensions. 3. Use funding of pensions as a trade to unions for less crazy salary increases during negotiations.

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