No Skokie Property Tax Increase This Year

Skokie property taxes have been frozen for the 23rd consecutive year.

Skokie residents will not see any increase in the village's portion of their tax bill this year.

The village's finance director, George Van Geem, told trustees at Monday's village board meeting that Skokie has frozen its portion of property taxes for 23 years in a row. 

"The Skokie tax levy is a success story," he said, adding it has been frozen in 1991. Much of the credit goes to Westfield Old Orchard Mall, which produces generous sales tax revenue.

The budget item was presented as a first reading, and the board will vote on it at a later date, possibly Dec. 16.

Residents should know that the village's portion of your property tax bill makes up only a small percentage of the total taxes you pay. Typically, about 70 percent of the check you write for property taxes goes to schools. The rest goes to other governmental taxing districts in which you live, such as park districts and mosquito abatement districts.

The budget can be viewed here.

The resolution adopting the budget can be viewed here, (scroll to page 110). 

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Voice of Reason December 05, 2013 at 10:14 AM
"... Skokie has frozen its portion of property taxes for 23 years in a row."? This prudent fiscal management is one main reason why I choose to continue living in Skokie. It's unfortunate that all of the School Districts in which, "... about 70 percent of the check you write for property taxes goes to...", cannot emulate that same record of success. But you can discover that reason why for yourself when you visit the familytaxpayers.org website and click onto the "Teacher Salary Database" icon in the upper right corner to see the compensation of the Administrators/Teachers for the school district you enter, which are a matter of Public Record. Depending on the district entered, you may be surprised at the number of Six Figure Salaries; especially for one particular Superintendent who makes over $270,000 a year.
Katie Gudgel December 05, 2013 at 11:45 AM
While the property tax levy has remained constant, the Village of Skokie has not stopped increasing their revenues from residents. They have in face initiated several new taxes since 2007 (Municipal Utility Tax and Telecommunications Tax) both of which individual are greater than the inflation adjusted property tax levy would have been. While I agree with Voice of Reason's assessment that we need to look at teacher and school administrator salaries, part of the reason school districts have had to raise our property taxes is because of the Village of Skokie's use of TIFs (which basically uses property tax money that would have otherwise gone to the schools to be used for Skokie Economic Development).
Katie Gudgel December 06, 2013 at 08:30 AM
Dave - please check your facts about TIFs. There are scientific studies that indicate that the property valuation increases you are referring to generally result in overall property value decreases in the community as a whole (see for instance http://www.lincolninst.edu/pubs/1078_Tax-Increment-Financing). So, what these scientists are saying is that while the property values in a TIF may increase the overall property values for the community decrease (which means that the schools have to increase their levy on the non-TIF properties even more). I am not saying that teachers are not overpaid, just that that is not the entire story. TIFs do end up increasing school property tax levies and that the Village of Skokie has used non-property tax revenues such as TIFs and other taxes to raise overall revenues. So, just because the Village of Skokie has not increased their property tax levy doesn't mean that their decisions haven't resulted in residents paying more.
Pam DeFiglio (Editor) December 06, 2013 at 01:22 PM
Dave, please, let's keep these comments civil. Thanks, Pam, Skokie Patch editor.


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