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D127 Board Votes on Proposed $44.4 Million Tax Levy Thursday

The Grayslake District 127 School Board will vote on the proposed 2012 tax levy following a public hearing tomorrow night.

Grayslake Community High School District 127 is proposing a $44.4 million tax levy for 2012, which represents an increase of $1.9 million or 4.53 percent over last year.

The district anticipates the actual tax extension to be $44 million.

The school board will hold a levy hearing at 6:45 p.m. Thursday at Grayslake Central High School, 400 N. Lake St., followed by the vote and adoption during the regular portion of the meeting.

"As in the past, the recommendation is to increase the levy in order to continue to support the high level of student achievement in Grayslake Community High School District 127 as well as to continue to provide the excellent curricular and co-curricular programs offered to students," said Mike Zelek, District 127 Associate Superintendent.

Increases/Decreases

The district is requesting a $27.7 million levy for the Education Fund, which represents a $2.8 million, or 11 percent increase over 2011.

The proposed $1.2 million levy for Special Education Purposes represents a $747,500 or 146 percent increase over 2011.

The district is requesting a $4.59 million levy for the Operations and Maintenance Fund, a decrease of $180,200 or 3.7 percent from 2011.

The proposed $800,000 levy for the Transportation Fund represents a $1.4 million or 64 percent decrease from 2011.

The proposed property taxes levied for debt service and public building commission leases are $8.86 million, an increase of $428,000 or 5.07 percent over 2011.

The proposed property taxes levied for corporate and special purposes are $35.5 million, which represents a $1.5 million or 4.4 percent increase over 2011.

John Bellomo December 12, 2012 at 06:58 PM
Mr. Mike Zelek, Will any of this extra money go into cracking down on the drug use and trafficking throughout Central and North High Schools. Heroin, prescription vicodin, xanax, and ADHD amphetamines and weed and other high profile drugs are frequently used and easily obtainable inside the school and grounds. In discussions I have had personally with the police, they seem to know and understand there is a problem but say their hands are tied. That they could schedule regular weekly random parking lot and locker searches with dogs but are told to stand down. They say it is because the mayor and the school board do not want to give the village a bad reputation. If you are going to ask tax payers of Grayslake for an increase in my tax money to pay for excellence, it needs to include drug interdiction at our high schools. As I no longer have children in school however I do not feel that I should be penalized with an increase unless there is something done about the drug problem in our schools.
Angela Sykora (Editor) December 13, 2012 at 12:52 AM
Interesting comments, John. I'm going to look into your claims because that is all they are without proof. However, I think we'd be hard-pressed to find any high school (or even middle school these days for that matter) that doesn't have an active drug culture. Communities often look the other way for the very reason you mentioned, until a student dies of an overdose, which is a shame. I'm sure police could conduct the searches you speak of, which may make students think twice before dealing at school, but they will always find a way to carry on their activities, such as out of their homes while the parent(s) are at work. What to do about that? Or do we not care so long as it doesn't take place on taxpayer property?
Grayslake homeowner December 25, 2012 at 05:10 PM
Over priced school administrators and mediocre teachers who barely work a 35 hour week for at most 36 weeks a year. I suggest all Grayslake home owners to sell their houses now and get out of town ASAP before District 127 bleeds us dry. Lousy schools and terrible place to live - CONCERNED TAXPAYER

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