Director David J. Seleb and the library board of trustees published a statement on the library's web site, reproduced below.
Friday, December 17, 2010
On Friday, a statement from the library board and David Seleb, library director, was posted on the organization's web site regarding the tax levy and special meeting held to reduce it. Both statements are reproduced below. "Library Director David Seleb notified the Trustees of the Winnetka-Northfield Public Library District on December 14, 2010 that, most regrettably, he misadvised the Trustees as to the Library District's tax levy authority for fiscal year 2010/11. Mr. Seleb was in error when he told the Trustees in October 2010 that, under the Library District's successful tax increase referendum in 2005, the Trustees had authority to levy an amount above the tax cap for FY 2010/11. The Tax Extension Department (Cook County Clerk) …
District officials passed a 4.7 percent property tax increase Dec. 15 after a public hearing that drew few community members.
Two community members showed up to a Avoca District 37 Board of Education public hearing to comment on the approval of a 4.7 percent property tax increase. The 2010 levy, which will show up on taxpayers' property tax bills next year, is estimated to generate more $11.4 million for the district; That doesn't include about $700,000 that will go toward the district's debt obligation. Although the formal approval is for 4.7 percent, Business Manager Beth Dever estimates that the district will actually receive about 3.7 percent. "We're asking for a little more, just in case," Dever explained. If the district asked only for the 2.7 percent allowed by the property tax cap, it would not be able to capture new revenue if the area saw any growth…