District 67 to consider third tax hike referendum
Updated: December 30, 2012 6:33AM
MORTON GROVE — Officials in Golf Elementary School District 67 plan to discuss options early next month for a February tax hike referendum.
The School Board’s finance committee has set a meeting for 6:30 p.m. Dec. 4 at Golf Middle School, 9401 Waukegan Road, to examine financial projections and address a potential referendum.
The committee was scheduled to meet last week, but cancelled that meeting after officials learned they had more time than expected to formulate a referendum question and file it with Cook County.
The possibility of a February vote, on the primary ballot, came about after Morton Grove Trustee Dan DiMaria announced he would challenge Mayor Dan Staackmann for the nomination for mayor from the Morton Grove Action Party.
As of Monday, the last day for filing and the Morton Grove Champion’s print deadline, Staackmann and the rest of the Action Party’s slated candidates had filed. DiMaria was expected to file later in the day.
Action Party Trustee Larry Gomberg also has announced that he will run against Staackmann as an independent candidate in April.
In November, District 67 voters approved a bond sale referendum that will fund improvements to both district schools and the construction of a new gym at Hynes Elementary School.
But for the second time, voters rejected a measure that would have increased taxes, providing the district with about $1.1 million in additional revenue.
At a finance committee meeting earlier in November, financial consultant Elizabeth Hennessy told board members that it might be possible to reduce the amount of the tax hike request. She plans to provide figures to the committee at the Dec. 4 meeting.
Superintendent Jamie Reilly said the district has until Dec. 11 to file a referendum question with the county, and have it placed on the Feb. 26 primary ballot.
If the board decides not to hold a vote in February, the next opportunity will come in April, Hennessy said. The following election will not be until November of next year.