Urbana school board approves property tax request

Urbana school board approves property tax request

URBANA — The Urbana school board Tuesday approved its final 2013 tax levy, and it will ask for $31.5 million.

Last year, it asked for about $29.1 million, and its tax extension, which usually reflects taxes received, was about $28.7 million. However, the district actually got about $3 million less than that, as the Carle Foundation was exempted from paying property taxes.

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Skepticity wrote on December 17, 2013 at 10:12 pm

Is there any taxing body that is NOT asking Urbana residents to cough up more cash for taxes despite the reduced property values and faltering economy? 

Is there any taxing body that has considered the state of the economy and has actually managed their budget without asking for more from Urbana residents?

Is there any taxing body that will pass up the opportunity to blame Carle and to then demand more from the taxpayers?

Low income renters will access more government assistance (creating a need for more taxes.)  Middle income renters will pay the increased taxes by paying the higher rents that landlords will demand and have to reduce other spending, reducing sales tax revenue and hurting businesses.  Homeowners will bear the burden of increased property taxes and reduce other spending, too...

and the following year all the taxing bodies will need more, again!