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Local property tax levies up $3.5 billion since '05

Schools get lion's share of tax increases

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Libraries, parks, fire districts and other specialty taxing agencies increased taxes by more than $365 million in 2010.

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Area school districts levied $2.2 billion more in 2010 than they received in 2005, with Cook County's 152 school districts responsible for more than $1 billion of the increase.

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Pensions have been a chief driver of higher property tax levies for the nearly 1,300 cities and villages throughout the state.

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Property tax levies in the suburbs and Chicago collectively increased by almost $3.5 billion in 2010 compared to just five years earlier, Suburban Tax Watchdog Jake Griffin writes. Much of that was in school districts in the six suburban counties and Chicago, which levied $2.2 billion more in 2010 than they received in 2005.
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    • Libraries, parks, fire districts and other specialty taxing agencies increased taxes by more than $365 million in 2010.
    • Area school districts levied $2.2 billion more in 2010 than they received in 2005, with Cook County’s 152 school districts responsible for more than $1 billion of the increase.
    • Pensions have been a chief driver of higher property tax levies for the nearly 1,300 cities and villages throughout the state.
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