School, park districts to settle with Carle over property taxes

URBANA — The city's school and park districts next week will vote on an agreement with the Carle Foundation, "settling Carle's real estate tax-related claims against the districts."

The settlement appeared as an action item on both boards' agendas for next Tuesday. Here is the school district's agenda. And here is the park district's agenda.

The park board will meet at 6:15 p.m. at the Planning and Operations Facility, 1011 Kerr Ave, U. It is scheduled to go into closed session and then vote on the property tax agreement.

Likewise, the school board will meet at 6:30 p.m., go into executive session and begin in open session at 7:30 p.m. The meeting is at the Jean F. Burkholder Administrative Service Center, 205 North Race St. U.

The school district has been holding in escrow about $10.9 million of disputed Carle property tax money from previous years, which has been the subject of ongoing litigation in Champaign County Circuit Court. The park district has been holding about $1.9 million.

School board President John Dimit said he could not comment on a possible settlement until after the school board discusses it.

Superintendent Don Owen had a similar response.

"I prefer not to comment about this issue until after the entire (board) has had the opportunity to review it and discuss it in an open session on Tuesday night," Owen said.

Park board President Michael Walker also declined comment until after the park board votes.

Park district Executive Director Vicki Mayes could not be reached for comment.

Carle spokeswoman Jennifer Hendricks Kaufmann said she could not comment, either.

The school district last month approved a deficit budget for this year.

It expects to miss about $1.5 million this fiscal year because Carle has been exempt from paying property taxes in the 2012 tax year.

Carle is exempt from paying because of a state law passed last year. That law made Illinois health centers exempt from property taxes if they could show their "charity care" exceeded their tax payments.

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cretis16 wrote on October 11, 2013 at 6:10 pm

Great..now maybe the park district will finally give home owners a break on those over the top tax levies. School system has same problem.....ease up on the spending.....

Danno wrote on October 11, 2013 at 8:10 pm

"Here is the school district's agenda. And here is the park district's agenda." And, by golly, lookie over there, it's the State IRS agenda; feverishly awaiting budgetary decisions from Urbana Taxation entities.