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Glen Ellyn

D-41 Board passes $45M property tax levy

GLEN ELLYN – The Glen Ellyn School District 41 Board of Education passed a $45 million property tax levy at its meeting Dec. 9.

The proposed 2013 levy represents a 4.57 percent increase, or $1,975,349, compared to last year's.

The increase is based on a Consumer Price Index growth of 1.7 percent and estimated in-district new construction of $10 million, according to District 41 records.

The 2013 tax levy on District 41 property owners will bring $45,157,672 into the district to support items such as education, operation and maintenance, and transportation funds, as well as outstanding bond issues, according to district records.

However, the actual amount the district receives from the levy will likely be less than what's been proposed, depending on the finalized equalized assessed valuation (EAV), which is used to determine tax rates and will not be known until spring 2014, according to district records.

Officials anticipate the district will actually see an increase of about 2.5 percent more than last year's levy, based on the most recent available numbers, said Bob Ciserella, assistant superintendent of finance, facilities and operations, at a board meeting Nov. 25.

This means property owners within the district can expect a 2.5 percent increase on their tax bills, he said.

To determine its requested levy increase, the district prepared estimates of enrollment growth, staffing patterns, changes in EAV, and long-range plan priorities and financial projections to gauge the tax amount needed to fund programs and services.

However, DuPage County calculates the final levy amount based on the Property Tax Limitation Act, ensuring the district does not exceed what is allowed. The amount of the district's levy request also affects the final calculation, according to district records.

Board Vice President John Kenwood was the lone "no" vote against the levy. At a previous board meeting Nov. 25, he said he was concerned about the gap between what the district is proposing to levy and what it will actually be allowed to receive.

Taxes levied this December will be collected in June and September 2014.

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