Previous tax increases

Tom’s NG article today caused me to ask Kacich about previous tax referendums, and he provided a very nice link to a document on the County Clerk’s website:

http://champaigncountyclerk.com/elections/docs/referenda_1940_present_dateorder.pdf

 

UPDATE:

I should also add a quick tweet convo about the Unit 4 taxes being one of the lowest in the “big 12”:

https://twitter.com/Unit4Schools/status/494148435797614592

The Unit 4 property tax rate will have a “.51 – .52 increase assuming 20 year bonds and no other offsets”, going from 4.30 to 4.81.

 

UPDATE 2: Added 1% sales Tax (HT Pattsi)

 

Here are the Unit 4 pieces of the pie


Nonpartisan – 1983

A Proposition For the Adoption Of A Higher Tax Rate For Educational Purposes
Yes Votes: 4,135
No Votes : 3,606
Passed: Yes

It is estimated that the approximate amount of taxes extendible under the maximum rate presently in force and otherwise applicable to the next taxes to be extended is $11,132,991.81 and that the approximate amount of taxes extendible under the proposed increased tax rate computed upon the last known cash value is $12,292,678.46.

“Shall the maximum annual tax rate for educational purposes of Community Unit School District No. 4, Champaign County, Illinois, be increased and established at 2.65% on the full, fair, cash value of all taxable property in said School District, as equalized or assessed by the Department of Local Governmental Affairs instead of 2.40%, the maximum tax rate otherwise applicable to the next taxes to be extended for said purposes?”

A Proposition For The Adoption Of A Higher Tax Rate For Operations, Building And Maintenance Purposes
Yes Votes: 3,627
No Votes : 4,140
Passed: No

It is estimated that the approximate amount of taxes extendible under the maximum rate presently in
force and otherwise applicable to the next taxes to be extended is $1,739,529.97 and that the
approximate amount of taxes extendible under the proposed increase tax rate computed upon the last
known cash value is $2,319,373.29.

“Shall the maximum annual tax rate for operations, building and maintenance purposes of Community
Unit School District No. 4, Champaign County, Illinois, be increased and established at .50% on the
full, fair, cash value of all taxable property in said School District, as equalized or assessed by the
Department of Local Governmental Affairs, instead of .375%, the maximum tax rate otherwise
applicable to the next taxes to be extended for said purposes?”


Consolidated General – 1993

Proposition To Approve The Construction Of One New Elementary School Building And To Construct Additions To Existing School Buildings And To Issue Building Bonds For Such Purposes
Yes Votes: 4,933
No Votes : 5,294
Passed: No

Shall Champaign Community Unit School District No. 4, Champaign County, Illinois, be authorized to construct one new elementary school building and make additions to existing school buildings and issue $11.3 million in building construction bonds for such purposes?

Proposition To Increase The Tax Rate For Educational Purposes
Yes Votes: 4,810
No Votes : 5,312
Passed: No

A. The School District is commonly known as “Champaign Community Schools”.
B. The approximate amount of educational taxes extendible under the maximum rate now in force (2.65 percent) is the sum of $17,756,238.56.
C. The approximate amount of educational taxes extendible under the proposed increased rate (3.15 percent) is the sum of $21,106,472.25.
D. The total dollar amount of the most recently approved annual budget of Champaign Community Unit School District No. 4 was $37,833,815.00.
E. The total dollar amount of the annual budget would be $41,184,048.69, if increased by the amount of the additional tax which may be levied if the proposition is approved.
F. The percentage of increase in the total dollar amount of the most recently approved budget of the School District if such total dollar amount were increased by the amount of additional taxes which may be levied if the proposition is approved is 8.8551 percent.
G. The existing tax rate for the education fund is 2.65 percent. The proposal represents an 18.87% increase in the education fund tax rate.

Shall the maximum annual tax rate for educational purposes of Champaign Community Unit School District No.4, Champaign County, Illinois, be increased and established at 3.15 percent of the value of the taxable property in said District as equalized or assessed by the Department of Revenue instead of 2.65 percent, the maximum rate otherwise applicable to the next taxes to be extended for said purpose?


Primary – 1994

Proposition To Increase The Tax Rate For Educational Purposes
Yes Votes: 6,765
No Votes : 5,782
Passed: Yes

Shall the maximum annual tax rate for educational purposes of Champaign Community Unit School District No. 4, Champaign County, Illinois, be increased and established at 3.05 percent of the value of the taxable property in said District as equalized or assessed by the Department of Revenue instead of 2.65 percent, the maximum rate otherwise applicable to the next taxes to be extended for said purpose?

A. The School District is commonly known as “Champaign Community Schools”.
B. The approximate amount of educational taxes extendible under the maximum rate now in force (2.65 percent) is the sum of $18,510,771.01.
C. The approximate amount of educational taxes extendible under the proposed increased rate (3.05 percent) is the sum of $21,304,849.65.
D. The total dollar amount of the most recently approved annual budget of Champaign Community Unit School District No. 4 was $40,473,868.00.
E. The total dollar amount of the annual budget would be $43,267,946.64, if increased by the amount of the additional tax which may be levied if the proposition is approved.
F. The percentage of increase in the total dollar amount of the most recently approved budget of the School District if such total dollar amount were increased by the amount of additional taxes which may be levied if the proposition is approved is 6.90 percent.
G. The existing tax rate for the education fund is 2.65 percent. The proposal represents a 15.09% increase in the education fund tax rate.

Proposition To Approve The Construction Of A New Elementary School Building (North Of University Avenue) And/Or Build Additions Onto Existing School Buildings And To Issue Building Bonds For Such Purposes
Yes Votes: 5,808
No Votes : 6,591
Passed: No

Shall Champaign Community Unit School District No. 4, Champaign County, Illinois, be authorized to construct a new elementary school building (North of University Avenue) and/or build additions onto existing school buildings and issue $10,500,000 in building construction bonds for such purposes?


 Consolidated General – 1997

Proposition To Approve The Construction Of Two New Elementary School Buildings; And Make Additions, Renovations Or Alterations To Central High School; And Make Interior Alterations Or Renovations To Existing Schools To Facilitate New Educational Technology; And To Issue $21.6 Million In Building Construction Bonds For Such Purposes
Yes Votes: 6,529
No Votes : 3,391
Passed: Yes

Shall Community Unit School District No. 4, Champaign County, Illinois, be authorized to construct two new elementary school buildings; and make additions, renovations or alterations to Central High School; and make interior alterations or renovations to existing schools to facilitate new educational technology; and to issue $21.6 million in building construction bonds for such purposes?


Primary – 2006

Proposition To Issue $65,940,000 School Building Bonds
Yes Votes: 4,017
No Votes : 7,094
Passed: No

Shall the Board of Education of Champaign Community Unit School District Number 4, Champaign County, Illinois, acquire and improve school sites, build and equip school buildings, improve the sites of, build and equip additions to and alter, repair and equip school buildings of said School District and issue bonds of said School District to the amount of $65,940,000 for the purpose of paying the costs thereof?


General – 2008

Question Of Imposing A Retailers’ Occupation Tax And A Service Occupation Tax For School Facility Purposes
Yes Votes: 38,279
No Votes : 38,541
Passed: No

“Shall Champaign County be authorized to impose a retailers’ occupation tax and a service occupation tax (commonly referred to as a “sales tax”) at a rate of one percent (1%) to be used exclusively for school facility purposes?”


 Consolidated General – 2009

Proposition to Impose County School Facility Occupation Taxes
Yes Votes: 13,717
No Votes : 12,168
Passed: Yes

Shall The County of Champaign, Illinois, be authorized to impose a retailers’ occupation tax and a service occupation tax (commonly referred to as a “sales tax”) at a rate of 1% to be used exclusively for school facility purposes?

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17 Responses to “Previous tax increases”

  1. pattsi Says:

    Thanks to all for this history lesson.

  2. pattsi Says:

    Where is the 1% sales tax increase?

    • charlesdschultz Says:

      Good catch – I added that at the bottom (both the one that failed in 2008 and the one that passed in 2009). I always forget about the funky way they call it (School Facility Occupation Tax – what the heck is that??). My initial search was only for “District 4”, and I missed the 1% sales tax because it is a County referendum item.

  3. pattsi Says:

    What is the total Uni4 taxpayer level increase since 1983 including the 1%. Folks need the whole picture. Further just because Urbana 116 is presently much higher than Unit 4 now, this large differential was not always the case. Therefore a present day comparison does not tell the story as to how Unit 116 garnered funds to land bank around the school property.

    • pattsi Says:

      Plus a tax rate is only that, what does the tax rate generate for the school budget? Questions–more taxable property in U vs C, higher valued property in U vs C, how many students U vs C, how does this calculate out per student revenue?

  4. Rebecca Says:

    My question on this comes from this tweet exchange:

    Charles Schultz ‏@sacrophyte 4h:@Unit4Schools @bambenek Thanks much! What about the ~$100 million in further repairs? Another tax referendum in 2-4 years, higher tax rate?

    John Bambenek ‏@bambenek 3h @sacrophyte @Unit4Schools a large part of that will be done with bonding based on 1% sales tax when that becomes available in 2026 or so.

    My Questions: (1) What has the 1% sales tax been earmarked to do until 2026? (2) If Unit 4 can’t bond on the 1% sales tax until 2026, (12 years by my calculation), and given in the relatively short time we’ve been talking hard numbers (a year give or take) the high school price tag has jumped 30 million from 120 m to 150 m, what is that going to do to the price tag of other work beyond the high schools of “. . . money to renovate Dr. Howard Elementary School or more than $200 million in other needs identified in a 20-year master facility plan Monday night.”?

    • charlesdschultz Says:

      Rebecca, the 1% sales tax money is being used to pay back the $87 million in bonds from 2008 (aka, QAZB bonds). This is talked about at Promises Made, Promises Kept, but they don’t tie the 1% back to 2008 very well, in my opinion. The 2008 $87 million was used to build Carrie Busey, upgrade BTW and Garden Hills, and a few other things. And that is all scheduled to be paid back by 2025, I believe, and we can then access 1% sales tax money in 2026.

      The 20-year facility plan calls for $247,500,000 for all projects, including the $150 million property tax referendum to build the high schools – so roughtly $250 million minus $150 million leaves with about $100 million for all those other projects. Pattsi thinks that will be a tax referendum, and it seems Bambenek believes will we go out for more bonds. That starts to get a little over my head, so I cannot explain it any further.

      • charlesdschultz Says:

        I have been corrected:

        “The QZABs are the interest-free bonds that are paying for the Early Childhood Center. They were taken out in the late 1990’s-early 2000’s, and they are coming due within the next few years. We have been saving money to pay the QZABs off for several years; until those bonds become due the monies are in our investment account, earning interest. The interest earned from the investment accounts is used for smaller projects within the district. The $87 million in bonds are backed by revenues from the sales tax. These bonds are paid off over 27 years .

        Can we please define those “few other things”? In addition to the three schools discussed, sales tax bond monies paid off the loans for our first 2 geothermal projects (Garden Hills, and another one that escapes me right now); they paid for renovations at Westview, Robeson, Kenwood, and Bottenfield; and a portion of the sales tax revenue is used every year to pay off the refinanced bonds from the construction of Stratton and Barkstall (because we had refinanced Barkstall/Stratton once, we could not pay them off with the sales tax bond–those pesky municipal bond covenants!) .

        The 2025 date refers to when the Barkstall/Stratton bonds are paid off; when those payments are gone we will have additional funds to look at using on projects or bonding to provide additional funds for larger projects. (similar situation to when a person pays off a car loan, credit card, or mortgage.)”

      • Rebecca Says:

        OK. Thanks. You may want to update your July 29th story then because that’s where I took the $200 million quote from.

      • charlesdschultz Says:

        Rebecca, the irony is that was a quote from the Tom Kacich article, which itself was later corrected. I’ll add a note to that effect.

  5. pattsi Says:

    Are there not cash advance bonds that the BOE approved about the time of the last school board election? What is the amount and how are these being paid back?

  6. pattsi Says:

    Correct terminology is working cash bond.

  7. pattsi Says:

    For all of this borrowing, what is the total interest cost to the taxpayer and the various interest rates?

  8. pattsi Says:

    Looking at the 20 year facility master plan, referenced within the $150 M blog thread, the projected total for all facility projects is just under $240 M–in today’s prices. Here is the reference http://futurefacilities.champaignschools.org/sites/futurefacilities.champaignschools.org/files/20%20Year%20Master%20Facility%20Plan072814.pdf
    Bottomline is that no one really knows what the costs will be. These are estimated numbers floating in the ether with no inflation factors.

  9. Why I voted “no” to the $149 million bond referendum | Citizen4: A citizen's blog about Champaign Unit 4 Says:

    […] plan which evolves into a big ticket referendum. Looking at the historical context of referenda (past ballot issues, consent decree and enrollment), we have seen that the school district has a long-standing penchant […]


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