Citizens For District 116 Continue Their Misleading Tax Increase Rhetoric
In yet another display of misleading rhetoric coming from the Citizens For District 116 committee, a spokesperson at the recent special school board meeting continued with the theme “your taxes will not go up”. Time and time again their spokesperson continued to make that statement which was caught on tape during the question and answer period that followed the Board’s presentation. Even the material supplied by the school refutes this statement. When the financial officer, Bill Johnston, was presenting his portion of the meeting he said that under the current tax debt service your taxes would go up for five years “and then go down”, without going into any detail about how much, before quickly moving onto the next visual. Even the school’s “talking points” fail to mention much about the “decline” which is substantial as you can see in the video below.
The District’s existing bonds will be paid off in twelve (12) years.
Without a referendum, the B&I rate will increase for the next
five (5) years and then decline for seven (7) years
The District’s own graphs show that your tax rate will go down substantially to $.46/$100 of assessed valuation versus the $1.74/$100 under the building bond referendum plan. That’s over FOUR TIMES more and certainly IS a tax increase to local property owners, unlike the misleading information by the referendum supporters. The average homeowner with a property assessed at $100,000 can expect to pay an ADDITIONAL $3,000 in taxes while someone with a $200,000 assessed value will pay almost $7,000 more in real estate taxes over the term of the referendum. As you can see, your taxes WILL go up no matter how the school board and the supporters try to spin the details to the voters of the district. Be an informed voter when you go to the polls.