Berwyn warned of big bump in taxes if referendum passes
A taxpayer advocacy group is warning Berwyn residents that they could see their property taxes jump 17 percent if they approve a South Berwyn School District 100 referendum on Tuesday.
In a flier, Taxpayers United of America (TUA) said voters smartly knocked down property tax and bond referendums in November 2014, and they should do it again.
Voters in Berwyn, Evanston, Hinsdale and Oak Park face government school property tax increase referendums, while Coal City and Lynwood will vote on home rule referendums. The TUA said voters should shoot them all down.
“Whether the proposal to voters is to enact home rule, which gives unlimited taxing authority to local bureaucrats, or to issue tens of millions of dollars in new bonds and raise property taxes, taxpayers in these six communities must reject these seven referenda on the April 4 ballot to avoid disastrous increases to their property tax bills,” TUA President Jim Tobin said.
Last year, the school district collected $13.3 million in property taxes, and the referendum would add $2.2 million, TUA said. A home valued at $200,000 would have a property tax increase of more than $300 a year, according to the flier.
“Illinois has one of the highest foreclosure rates in the country," Tobin said. "You have to wonder how many people could have stayed in their homes if the property taxes weren’t so high – the highest property taxes in the country."