.

Tax Hike Approved, Audit Discussed at LFHS Board Meeting

The Lake Forest High School District 115 School Board met on Tuesday night for their monthly meeting.

The Lake Forest District 115 School Board met Tuesday night for their monthly meeting. The packed agenda included approving the tax levy for the 2013-14 school year, a re-cap of the school's recent audit by an outside firm and an assessment of how students do on various tests - including the ACT and Advance Placement (AP) tests.

Here's a recap on the three dominating issues of the evening. Patch will be bringing you more in-depth articles on the issues throughout the week.

For more news on Lake Forest and Lake Bluff schools, "Like" the Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Patch on Facebook.

Tax Levy: The Board approved the proposed tax levy for the 2013-14 school year, which is at an increase of around 5 percent. Because it's above 5%, the board was required to hold a "Truth in Taxation Hearing" about the issue, though no citizens spoke against it. The Board noted that the 5 percent increase is due to the Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District, which is expiring this year, and the aggregate increase on existing properties is 3%. 

Audit: Andrew Mace, from the firm Miller Cooper, spoke about the firm's audit of the school's finances, which he reported were in a great state. He described the school as having a "clean audit," which is very unsual for high schools. He also pointed out that the firm found all of the controls to be in place, with the school operating with a small surplus.

School Assessment: The Annual Assessment Report was presented to the board, bearing great news about LFHS' test scores. The average ACT score for the class of 2012 was 26.9 (out of 36), placing LFHS among the top in the state. The assessment also reported that 94% of the AP tests taken at the school in 2012 received a passing score of 3 or higher (with a maximum available score of 5).

Cynthia Maloney December 05, 2012 at 12:57 PM
If the audit revealed a budget surplus, why are we increasing the levy by 5%???
David Brown December 05, 2012 at 02:25 PM
Government will continue to grow and raise taxes until the people simply can't pay and they seize assets. It's Rome all over again. Expand too large and then implode. History will repeat as it always does. Now pay your taxes and be a good citizen.
Gary December 05, 2012 at 02:58 PM
... and they are just about to pass a law in Springfield dumping the State pension liabilities onto the suburbs, while at the same time keeping in place a Constitutional clause stating that pensions can't be reduced, while giving unions more legal tools to defend themselves in court against any attempts to reform the pension mess.
Gary December 05, 2012 at 03:05 PM
Seconded. They will have to seize assets to keep paying off their political friends and assorted government dependents. What will they take? Anything of value of course. The two things they will target will be 401k plans and your home equity. Those are easy. Locally, the teachers' unions are already converting your property values into their paychecks, but with this new law they will be converting your property values into their pension fund as well. The federal government will start sucking money out of the 401k system through taxation, or possibly even nationalizing it completely by stealing it and handing out government vouchers with a "guaranteed annual return", a plan that is floating around out there already.
kathy bassick December 05, 2012 at 03:09 PM
Why do we need to raise taxes when the Tribune data shows we already spend more per pupil than New Trier and they are a bigger district? And fewer of our students are admitted to Ivy League Schools?
Another Point December 05, 2012 at 03:41 PM
Who is John Galt?
Bree Olson December 05, 2012 at 07:50 PM
Damn the government. All they do is bend us over and I don't need to tell you what happens next.

Boards

More »
Got a question? Something on your mind? Talk to your community, directly.
Note Article
Just a short thought to get the word out quickly about anything in your neighborhood.
Share something with your neighbors.What's on your mind?What's on your mind?Make an announcement, speak your mind, or sell somethingPost something
See more »