Batavia School District 101 announced their plans to raise the property tax levy $7 million from this year's $66M to $73M. Most of the increase is from an expiring TIF district that will create a property tax windfall for School District 101.
A group of property owners have an alternate plan. They say "Lower The Levy," and return the TIF windfall to taxpayers rather than increase spending by 13 percent.
The group set up LowerTheLevy.com website on which Batavia resident Sylvia Keppel says, “If that money were to be distributed to the tax base, that would result in a drop in property taxes for the average homeowner of a $240,000 house of nearly $400.”
“I’m appealing to you to be fiscally responsible,” Batavia resident Michelle Olache told school board members. “Everyone has had to tighten their belts.”