CHICAGO HEIGHTS | School District 206 board members approved a motion to request a 2012 tax levy for $24.7 million.
The tax levy is a 4.9 percent increase from last year’s levy of $24 million. The levy, which is formally a request, will be sent to both Cook and Will counties, because the school district includes students from both.
Business Manager Ann Williams made the presentation to the board.
“The amount we levy, or request, is never the amount we actually get,” Williams said. “For example, last year we requested $24 million and got $23.5 million.”
Cook and Will counties will determine the actual amount they will send to the district, and assess taxpayers accordingly, Williams said.
In December, the board will need to provide final approval of the levy and send their request to the counties. The taxpayers will receive notification in the spring regarding their amount owed.
Two months ago, the board approved a $50 million budget for the 2012-13 school year. That budget will incur a deficit of $4.3 million unless additional cuts can be made.
School Superintendent Lavelle Navarre told the board that savings can be realized if the district joins the South Suburban School Purchasing Cooperative instead of purchasing school supplies and materials as a standalone entity.
Navarre said the district can see “significant savings” by purchasing school supplies, such as computer paper, through the co-op instead of going out on their own.
The board approved a motion to join the co-op.
Both approvals were unanimous, 5-0. Board member Patricia Donahue was not present at the meeting.
Board member Robert Rossi asked Williams how the state was doing in making payments to the school district.
“The state is six months behind in their payments,” Williams said. “They have consistently been six months behind for quite a while. They are not getting any worse, but also not any better.”
Board members said they will continue to search for ways to curb expenditures during the district's fiscal year.