CALUMET CITY | The School Board for Thornton Fractional Township High School District 215 approved to an estimated tax levy that is nearly identical to last year’s levy.
The School Board voted 6-0 recently on a levy for 2013 that district Finance Director Charles DiMartino said is a “zero percent increase” over the 2012 levy.
The levy determines how much of a share of the overall property tax bill residents of the district for Calumet City, Burnham, Lansing and part of Lynwood will pay to high schools.
DiMartino said if residents do wind up with significant increases in their property taxes, it won’t be because of the district.
“Basically, we held the line,” he said.
Last week's vote is not the final one. The School Board will have to take a vote on an actual tax levy. DiMartino said he expects the School Board will consider the issue when they have their next meeting Nov. 26.
Under state law, the estimated levy must be voted on at least 20 days prior to the action on the actual levy.
The state’s Property Tax Extension Limitation Law says the district’s property taxes cannot increase by more than either 5 percent or the rate of inflation as measured by the Consumer Price Index, which for this year is 1.7 percent.
In other business, the School Board approved a one-time increase in the compensation paid to cafeteria workers at the district’s three campuses. All workers receiving less than $12 per hour as of Jan. 1, 2014, will be raised to that rate.