Dist. 34 For discussion about possible property tax increases on Monday

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Glenview School Dist. Thirty-four members of the Board of Education are expected to discuss placing a referendum on the ballot in the Nov. 5 presidential election. If successful, the property tax cap rate will be increased so the district can increase its operating budget.

The distance 34 Citizens Finance Advisory Committee and district administrators said the district would begin running deficits by fiscal year 2026 if either a cap rate increase under state tax laws were not raised or “plan for ongoing, permanent and compound cuts” that fiscal year begins.

The proposed restrictive rate increase will be shared at the school board meeting on Monday, June 17 in Glenview, Dist. 34 Executive Director of Communications and Strategic Planning Cathy Kedjidjian told the Journal.

If this remains unchanged, district officials expect a $400,000 deficit in fiscal year 2027, a $1.25 million deficit in 2028 and a $2.9 million deficit in 2029.

Materials released to the Journal would reduce costs without the increase; further cuts would reduce or eliminate “non-mandated programs and services – and associated personnel.”

District officials said Monday’s board meeting would only include a discussion about the possible referendum.

They said Monday, Aug. 19, is the deadline for school board members to pass a resolution to hold a referendum on the November ballot.

District officials said, “Capital and operating funds cannot be used interchangeably.”

Capital funds may only be used for “facility construction, upgrades and renovations,” and said operating funds pay for “salaries, benefits, building maintenance, materials, programs, transportation and other expenses to finance daily operations.”

The district has put more than one referendum on finance to the vote since 2000, but not all of them were successful.

In March 2020, voters approved a $119 million referendum that built additions at several district schools, leaving Dist. 34 to begin offering full-day kindergarten. That capital referendum also paid for improvements to other aging Dist. 34 buildings.

In the November 2000 elections, two Dist. 34 referendum questions have been submitted to voters. One was a successful capital referendum to build Attea Middle School, and the other was a failed referendum on a restrictive interest rate increase. In the subsequent April 2001 elections, a new referendum to increase the cap rate also failed.

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