No referendum size yet from D97 Board

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By Terry Dean

Staff reporter

After meeting for roughly three hours Saturday at their second referendum study session, the District 97 Board of Education determined that they needed more time to discuss a size.

They agreed to continue their discussion at their next regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 16.

Saturday was their second referendum study session, this one taking place at Holmes School, 508 N. Kenilworth, before a tiny audience of about a half dozen people. Board member were scheduled to meet from 10 a.m. to noon but ended up adjourning at around 1 p.m. Rather than going beyond that time, members agreed to pick up their discussion on Tuesday.

At their first session on Nov. 2, the board agreed to issue working cash bonds rather than ask voters for a permanent increase in property taxes. Members on Saturday reiterated their support to go the working cash route as a lesser burden on taxpayers.

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Mary Ellen Eads from Oak Park  

Posted: November 16th, 2010 9:33 AM

Before signing up for even higher property taxes, we need to know whether our state income taxes will go up next year. Governor Quinn campaigned on a one percentage point increase in the state income tax, calling it the "education tax." We also need to know how this education tax would be distributed. One hopes that, in the middle of an uneven economic recovery, middle class Oak Park residents will not have to cope with both property and income tax increases in the near future.


Posted: November 15th, 2010 6:02 AM

One question to D97: Would a temporary 10% across the board salary cut close the financial gap?

Bill from Oak Park  

Posted: November 13th, 2010 4:49 PM

They can ask for all they want - as far as I'm concerned they won't get another brass farthing from us until they get their heads screwed on and start justifying what they squander the money on already... Paying administrators the wages they pay is obscene. There is a terrible waste that even I as a layman can see. ie using contractors to trim the grass around the schools...use the school janitor. Using electronic boards & writing on sidewalks - directions to the schools... A stupid waste...

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