District 87's Board of Education unanimously approved a tax levy increase Wednesday. (Photo By B Corbin/WJBC)
By Paul Morello
BLOOMINGTON - The District 87 Board of Education approved an increase to the tax rate Wednesday night.
The district's rate will go up six cents, which means the owner of a $150,000 home will pay about $30 more per year.
However, Administrator David Wood said overall a homeowner could actually pay $18 less.
"To some extent that sounds counterintuitive because we're estimating our rate will go up," he said. "But, at the same time the reason the rate is going up is because the Equalized Assessed Value is coming down so the value of that house has dropped."
Wood said the county will calculate the final EAV sometime in March or April.
The board proposed the rate hike in October and set a public hearing on the levy for Wednesday night, but no one commented on the increase.
The district is facing a $2.7 million budget deficit.
District 87 and the BNCCC
The Board of Education is learning how to better keep alcohol away from high school students. District officials listened to a presentation from the Bloomington-Normal Community Campus Committee on Wednesday night.
District 87 is a partner with the BNCCC, which aims to reduce high-risk and underage drinking in the Twin Cities through parental education and work with local organizations.
"It just fits naturally given our student population," said Superintendent Barry Reilly. "We would be doing a disservice to turn a blind eye to the reality of our kids in this community. If we think they're not participating in these activities, then we're fooling ourselves."
The BNCCC targets students at Bloomington High School by distributing alcohol abuse awareness materials, sending letters to parents and keeping in touch with families through the Raider Parent Connection.
BHS also participates in the Illinois Youth Survey, which provides data on alcohol and drug use.
"The more that we can educate parents in particular I think is the key and that effort goes far beyond the school and so an organization like the BNCCC can help and promote this is very beneficial to our school district," Reilly said.