Thursday, December 13, 2012
The board also discussed several recent community surveys and the possibility of becoming involved in political advocacy.
The Summit Hill School District 161 Board of Education unanimously voted to approve the 2012 tax levy for approximately $32.2 million at a meeting on Dec. 12. The 2012 levy is a $1.55 million increase over the levy in 2011, raising the district tax rate to just above 3.7 percent. This translates to a $69 property tax increase for the owner of a $200,000 house. Prior to the vote, the board held a public hearing regarding the levy. One community member chose to speak. “I would just like to urge all board members to approve the levy,” he said. Board member George Perros, Secretary Denise Lenz and Vice President Joy Murphy were not present at Wednesday’s meeting. After the vote, the board discussed several recent district surveys. A survey of …
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
The approval will raise the district's estimated tax rate to approximately 3.7 percent.
The Summit Hill School District 161 Board of Education approved the 2012 tax levy estimate resolution at a special board meeting on Nov. 19. This is the same estimate that the board voted down on Nov. 14. The approximately $32.2 million levy estimate requests a $1.55 million increase compared to last year’s finalized levy. The resolution raises the estimated tax rate to just above 3.7 percent. This translates to a $69 tax increase for the owner of a $200,000 house. Board Members Denise Wildeveld, Sean William Doyle, Stacey Borgens and Board President Mary Kenny voted in favor of the levy estimate. Board Member George Perros, Secretary Denise Lenz and Vice President Joy Murphy voted against the levy. Prior to the vote, community members …
Thursday, November 15, 2012
The board did not approve the proposed $1.55 million tax increase.
The Summit Hill District 161 School Board chose not to approve the district’s proposed 2012 tax levy estimate resolution in a 4-2 vote at Wednesday night’s meeting. The estimate would have requested a $1.55 million increase compared to last year’s finalized levy. “People are being taxed right out of their house,” said board vice president Joy Murphy. “We can’t keep doing this.” The proposed 2012 levy totaled approximately $32.2 million. Last year, the district requested approximately $30.7 million in levy funds. District director of business and transportation Susan Krautstrunk outlined the specifics behind the increase in a presentation before the board on Wednesday. If the proposed levy estimate had been approved, the tax rate for Summit…
Follow along with Patch as the board votes to approve the tax levy estimate resolution.
The Summit Hill School District 161 board will meet at 7 p.m. on Nov. 14 at the administration office board room at 20100 South Spruce Drive. Patch will live blog the meeting. Readers are invited to follow along and join the stream with questions or comments as the meeting proceeds. The board is scheduled to approve the tax levy estimate resolution. Other business includes discussion of the role of the finance committee, building security and video surveillance cameras and topics for the annual board planning workshop. To view the Nov. 14 meeting agenda, click here. To view the district budget, click here. Two Ways to Stay Connected to Frankfort Patch:
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
The board is currently in the process of addressing the specifics of board policy compliance and legal fees from the 2011-2012 fiscal year.
Summit Hill School District 161 Board of Education member Sean William Doyle stated at a board meeting on Oct. 24 that vice president Joy Murphy was in contact with the board attorney on 14 separate occasions between July 2011 and June 2012, none of which were in compliance with board policy. However, in a follow-up interview with Murphy, who was not in attendance at last Wednesday’s board meeting, the vice president said her contact with the board attorney occurred when she was temporarily performing the duties of board president Mary Kenny. According to Murphy, Kenny was on medical leave during Spring 2012 and out of town several times through out the year. In each of these instances, Murphy took on the role of board president in Kenny’s…