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City Council Tackles Tax Hike, Theater

Further discussion, public hearing and final vote on next year’s real estate tax levy is on City Council agenda Monday. Update planned on status of Highland Park Theater.

Highland Park's City Council will hold a public hearing on  proposed tax increase Monday.
Highland Park's City Council will hold a public hearing on proposed tax increase Monday.

After weeks of internal debate on how much of a tax hike Highland Park residents will pay, the City Council will hold a public hearing on the proposed real estate tax levy at 7:30 p.m. Monday at City Hall.

Initially approving a potential increase of 7.31 percent Nov. 8, Mayor Nancy Rotering indicated the amount would be closer to 5.2 percent during the Dec. 2 Council meeting. The City’s legislative body will hold further discussions during its Committee of the Whole meeting t 4:30 p.m. Monday ahead of the public hearing.

The City’s levy is one of three tax increases Highland Parkers face as Township High School District 113 and the Park District of Highland Park plan bumps as well. Moraine Township intends to hold taxes steady while North Shore School District 112 will be asking less next year.

In addition to taxes, the Council plans to get an update on the status of Alcyon Foundation’s efforts on renovating the Highland Park Theater during the Committee of the Whole meeting.

The complete agenda is available on the City’s website.

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forest barbieri December 08, 2013 at 06:52 PM
When I ran for Park District a couple of years ago we had 22 Million Dollar's of positive cash that had been generated and we seemed to be able to add to that each year. During the election they reduced the levy in an insignificant manner to provide some political cover. Since then we have committed 4.6 million to Rosewood Beach, that leaves about 18 Million at worse case. Why does the Park District need to raise more money? Is it to pay for those Pension scandals that they promised to address? "Mr. Harris, we are coming for you", election rhetoric:)
Dan Cox December 08, 2013 at 09:41 PM
Mayor Nancy Rotering, a NYC Mayor Bloomberg MAIG member and Anti-Second AmendmentAdvocate in my opinion... is the ruin of Highland Park.

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