District 31 Superintendent,
Northfield Township Assessor
and Cook County Township Assessors' Association President share a joint statement with Patch.
Friday, April 1, 2011
Dear Editor, District 31 Superintendent Alexandra Nicholson has arrived at an agreement with Northfield Township Assessor Patricia Damisch and with Ali ElSaffar, President of the Cook County Township Assessors' Association and Oak Park Township Assessor, regarding the April 5 ballot language and the impact of the proposed tax increase on District 31 tax payers. The 2010 reassessment makes calculating an accurate tax impact for tax payers complicated, as both the reassessment and a successful referendum will increase District 31's tax rate. It is important to note that the .178% increase in the tax rate resulting from the reassessment will not bring the District any additional revenue, but will instead compensate for the decline in home …
According to a group of Cook County assessors, ballot calculations of District 31's proposed tax increase do not accurately reflect the impact if the measure passes.
The figures on the ballot for West Northfield School District 31’s tax referendum are misleading, according to a group of Cook County assessors. That’s because, along with other school, fire protection and library districts with referenda on the April 5 ballot, District 31 did not estimate its proposed tax increase using a countywide multiplier that is ultimately applied to all taxpayer’s bills, according to Ali ElSaffar, president of the Cook County Township Assessors Association and Oak Park Township Assessor. Without the multiplier included in calculations, the ballot figures could be underestimated as much as 70 percent, he explained. “Personally, I’m not saying I’m in favor or against any of these referendums, but I do think people …