District 31 Students Push For Property Tax Hike

GLENVIEW, Ill. (CBS) — Several hundred students, their parents and staff from the two schools in West Northfield District 31 marched and rallied Tuesday, urging voters to approve a property tax increase.

Many of the students hoisted hand-lettered signs as they marched north from the Winkelman School, in Glenview, and south from the Field Middle School, in Northbrook.

They met at the corner of Willow and Landwehr Roads, in Glenview, and elicited support from dozens of motorists, who honked as the group lined the curb. The students then released red balloons from a nearby parking lot.

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It was a civics lesson of sorts.

“We want to grow up saying we had the best,” said one fifth-grade student.

The referendum is the second in a year. The first, which sought to increase the tax levy by $2.2 million, was defeated in April 2011 by a 4-to-1 margin. This referendum seeks less, only $1.55 million.

Rally organizer Susan Harrison said that if this referendum meets with defeat, the board is prepared lay off all teacher aides, will end all gifted programs, and will eliminate band and all extracurriculars, except for student council.

Opposition is extremely high in the Mission Hills gated community, which voted better than 12 to 1 against the referendum last year. Schools Supt. Alexandra Nicholson has already hosted one public meeting at Mission Hills, and plans several others before the March 20 primary.

Despite its name, West Northfield Dist. 31 does not include any portion of the village of Northfield. Instead, it includes portions of Northbrook and Glenview.

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  • Cindy

    It’s not about needing a tax Hike it’s just spending in all the wrong areas.

  • Ken

    I agree Cindy. Also good education is a parental responsibility – not the governments.

  • Nancy

    The need for a tax increase was created by significantly lower tax revenue coming into the district, mainly because of Allstate’s appeal of their property taxes going back to 1995. The distirct has had to pay back 5 million in tax revenue received over 10 years, which has seriously
    Despite significant budget cuts already to try and survive with this significant budget shortfall, major cuts are planned next year that will seriously compromise the kids’ education if we can’t raise additional revenue. This has nothing to do with spending in the wrong areas, the kids shouldn’t have to pay the price for these bad financing policies.

  • Alex J. Claussen

    I am familiar with the Mission Hills community. Mostly very wealthy people who can easily handle a tax increase for education. As a service worker myself, I have found that poor elderly people are the most generous, at least as far as throwing a tip for a job well done. On the other hand, I have found wealthy people to be the biggest tight wads, rarely giving a tip. I think the richer people get, the greedier they become. Money to some is an addictive drug.

    • bob

      The greed is with the school districts and teachers unions who suck the blood out of everyone else. Just because some can afford it does not mean it should be taken away until they can’t afford it anyone. It is not the government’s money to take. The government and public unions are addicted to other people’s property

  • tony

    What your school Supt.of the school make a year

  • Margaret

    She is lowest paid in Township.

    • bob

      That means $300,000 plus a lifetime pension of $250,000 after 20 years

  • tony

    I bet she makes 250 k a year

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