By Bob Uphues
On the heels of the LaGrange-Brookfield School District 102 Board of Education voting to move forward with plans to put a tax increase referendum on the November ballot, the district has announced a series of public meetings about the subject.
Officials at those meetings will present information about the school district's financial situation and long-term projections with or without a referendum. All of the meetings will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on the following dates:
Aug. 1 at the LaGrange Public Library, 10 W. Cossitt Ave., LaGrange
Aug. 4 at Park Junior High School, 333 N. Park Road, LaGrange Park
Aug. 8 at the LaGrange Park Public Library, 555 N. LaGrange Road in LaGrange Park
Aug. 11 at Congress Park School, 9311 Shields in Brookfield
Should the District 102 school board decide to put a referendum question on the November ballot, it would need to take action by Aug. 22.
At a school board meeting earlier this month, officials said the district would seek $3 million in additional annual revenue in order to avoid cuts to programming and increases in class sizes.
A successful referendum of that size would mean the owner of a home valued at $300,000 would pay about $320 more in property taxes annually.
District 102 serves LaGrange north of 47th Street, LaGrange Park west of Kemman Avenue and the southwest quarter of Brookfield.
— Bob Uphues