With some bids on aspects of construction of the new administration headquarters coming in up to 15 percent above expectations, leaders at the District 97 elementary schools have cause for concern.
There is the most basic worry over cost overruns and the impact on taxpayers. Beyond that though, at a moment when the district is planning for a property tax referendum in the quite near future, there is the concern of a smash up with voters who never really like building administrative offices, always assume they are too lavish, and aren't in much of a mood to pay more taxes for education in any event.
Couple that with the possibility that Oak Park and River Forest High School (District 200) might also be eyeing a referendum to help fund its new pool and there is good reason for D97 elected officials to fret. The school district, which is facing the first post-recession upturn on pricing for construction materials and labor, can wring costs out of contractors, scrimp on its building or run an exceptionally persuasive campaign.
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