Thursday, May 11, 2017

Districts weigh referenda
decisions for March 2018 ballot

It is not too early for districts to look into placing school finance referendums on the ballot for the next regularly scheduled election, to be held on March 20, 2018.

School leaders in Mount Prospect Elementary District 57, for example, say they are considering placing a referendum on the ballot that would increase property taxes to ease growing financial pressures, including those resulting from an enrollment boom.  School leaders in Amboy CUSD 272 are currently gauging public support to build an addition to the high school there.

School leaders still have time to study their options on all such questions, as the deadline for school boards to certify a public policy question for the March 2018 election has not yet been announced by the Illinois State Board of Elections, but the deadline is likely to be in December 2017.

In the most recent elections, held April 7, 2017, voters approved 2 of 8 county school facilities sales tax proposals, 11 of 20 building bond issues, and 11 of 15 tax rate proposals. Additional historic data on school finance referenda results is available online.