From the Daily Herald 5/17/12 :
“The district’s tax extension went up 11.5 percent, primarily to repay money borrowed for the expansion of Batavia High School and repairs and expansions at other schools.
Residents of the city of Batavia also had the largest tax-extension increase in the county, at 7.4 percent. The next closest was Pingree Grove, at 5.1 percent.”
So the next time a unit of Batavia government promises not to raise taxes with a new referendum to buy bonds for some extravagant project, just remember the words of county board member Tom Van Cleave: “Property tax caps don’t apply to property taxes needed to repay debt.”