Tax Levy Increases

The park district, public library, and forest preserve: It seems like one taxing body after another is raising its levy, pushing homeowners to pay more in property taxes.

The largest increased 2013 levies come from both Naperville school districts.

For the average homeowner in District 203 with a home valued at $350,000, they’ll pay an additional $105 on top of what they paid last year.

“First off, a large percentage of our budget is salaries and benefits so we have ongoing contractual obligations for our teachers and support staff, along with additional needs for all day kindergarten, construction projects and ongoing repairs and maintenance to our buildings and facilities,” said Brad Cauffman, District 203’s Chief Financial Officer.

“We know that the burden of financing education through property taxes is greater for some, particularly in an economic downturn and for those who may have fixed incomes and that kind of thing and so we always have to balance that,” said board member Kristin Fitzgerald.

For district 204’s portion of the property tax, it’ll go up by $88 next year, which officials attribute in part to lost state and federal financial assistance.

“In addition to these reduction in cuts from the federal and state, we’re facing unprecedented mandates in the areas of assessment, principal evaluations, teacher evaluation and curriculum, “ said Jay Strang, Chief Financial Officer for District 204. “These mandates put added pressure on the system and we need to prepare for those.”

In addition to a larger school district property tax, the average Naperville homeowner will also be paying $10 more for the park district’s share and $13 more to the library.

And if you live in the Will County portion of the city, the county’s property taxes are rising $3 on average (based on $200,000 home).

If you live in DuPage, the county’s taxes aren’t going up but its forest preserve district taxes are by about a dollar (based on a $300,000 home).

The only entity decreasing its levy is the City of Naperville by 1.5%, or $12 for the average taxpayer.

If you do the math, the net outcomes from the levies range from a total increase of $92 to $117 depending on which school district and county you live in.

Now do note that these are only estimates, based off the average home values. Your actual taxes may vary depending on the value of your home.

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