Park District Tax Levy Confusion
The Southern Illinoisan had a confusing article on the Carbondale Park District’s plans for next year’s tax levy. The first sentence says the Park District is proposing an increase to its tax levy. The second sentence says:
Taxes will not increase because of the levy; instead, the district is just trying to maximize the revenue it can bring in, based on the amount of growth that occurs within the Park District.
Maybe I’m missing something here, but I don’t see how the tax levy can increase without taxes increasing. The rest of the article seems to say that taxes will increase.
The article mentions the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law (PTELL), which would limit any increase to 2.7% this year. Then the article says the Park District plans a 20% increase.
I think that must be an error or a misprint. I can’t believe that the Park District would try to increase its tax levy by 20%. Then again, I never would have thought the Park District would try to sell Hickory Lodge.
One thing in the article was clear. The meeting to discuss the proposed tax levy is scheduled for Monday, December 13 at 6:00 pm at the Carbondale Civic Center.
Comments are welcome.