Pennoyer school seeks huge property tax increase

Taxpayer impact of Pennoyer tax increase referendum

Pennoyer school board places a $25 million building bond on the ballot for the March 20th primary election

Claiming that “additional funding is needed”, a flyer to be sent to voters says the referendum will cost a $250,000 homeowner $1.051 more in property taxes per year; a $350,000 home will cost $1,504 more.

Pennoyer recently passed a 3 year teacher contract that gave raises of 4.5% in its first year (2017-2018), and 3% in its second.

$1,000-$1,500 per year additional tax for a school district serving 400+ students is quite a slap in the face to taxpayers, much like District 80’s tax increase attempts in 2016 and 2017.

It’s the third tax in increase attempt by Pennoyer in 4 years, having put a similar increase on the ballot in 2014 and 2015, both of which were killed by voters.

This new tax increase attempt was done with no fanfare, and the choice to place it on a low turnout primary election seems like an attempt to “sneak” a huge tax increase through when most voters aren’t looking.

Pennoyer District 79 serves parts of Norridge, Harwood Heights, and unincorporated parts of Norwood Park Township.

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