Deerfield officials weigh options as state budget talks continue

Tuesday, 16 May 2017, 05:10:37 AM. Deerfield area taxing bodies are monitoring state budget talks and preparing for any funding changes.
While state lawmakers attempt to come up with "grand bargain" as a way to end Illinois' budget impasse, 's governmental entities are looking at contingency plans in the event a local revenue source cannot be increased. A version that has been floated includes Gov. Bruce Rauner's desire for a property tax freeze to go along with a proposed income tax hike. say the freeze is politically popular but would hurt local towns and school districts that rely on the money. Rauner has said if the state is going to increase income taxes, it also should provide relief for property owners who he says are being driven out of the state. The village of Deerfield along with Deerfield Public Schools District 109, Township High School District 113, the Deerfield Park District and West Deerfield Township all rely on revenue from property taxes in varying degrees. Those governmental units are at least considering the possibility of what action to take if the state imposes a property tax freeze before its May 31 budget deadline. Under their current budgets, Deerfield gets 14 percent of its revenue from property taxes, according to Village Manager Kent Street. Park district Executive Director Jeff Nehila said 49 percent of the district's revenue comes from property taxes and 51 percent from user fees. Schools are more heavily dependent on property taxes. District 109 Superintendent Michael Lubelfeld said between 90 and 92 percent of revenue is property tax generated. For District 113, which operates...Read more
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