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posted: 6/23/2014 5:01 AM

'Won't hurt a bit,' school leaders say

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The phrase "this won't hurt a bit" is routinely followed by excruciating pain, not only is it painful but you've been deceived, too.

This may be how you felt if you looked at your recent tax bill in Aurora or Naperville and saw that the assessed value of your home dropped again but your taxes actually went up, again!

How could this be possible you ask?

Indian Prairie School District 204's tax rate went up another 4.4 percent this year and since the 2006 referendum has increased a whopping 27.5 percent.

But, District 204 told us over and over again that our taxes wouldn't increase due to the borrowing of hundreds of millions to build and then operate a third high school?

Sounds too good to be true? Well, of course it was.

To add insult to injury, total enrollment hasn't increased at all and in fact has declined by 1,000 students since 2006.

So, what will your reaction be next spring when District 204 uses data manipulation, scare tactics and false promises to try and secure your vote for its latest tax increase referendum?

Will District 204 make a sucker out of you again?

"This won't hurt a bit."

Yeah, right.

Paul White


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