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Taxpayers? What Taxpayers?

When the Batavia School Board makes decisions, it doesn’t care one bit what the people who must pay for their pet projects think. When 8,627* voters, by a margin of roughly 3-t0-1, tell the School Board “no” to borrowing $15 … Continue reading

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Council Cured, School Board Worsens

The Batavia City Council has recovered its sensibilities. In a 11-3 vote, they decided to find a final $150,000 to cut from the budget so they wouldn’t have to raise taxes. However, the Batavia School Board has become more deaf. … Continue reading

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The Fever is Spreading

It’s not just the School District anymore; the City has caught the tax/spend fever. They’re even using the same rhetoric: “We have to tax all we can now in case we can’t raise taxes later.” Governor Rauner’s proposal to freeze … Continue reading

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Taxpayers Speak, Referendum Fails

The $15 million school district referendum for artificial turf went down in flames. Nearly 74% of voters, over 8500 taxpayers, voted “No” to a plan that was sure to raise taxes further. Last December, the school board ignored the pleas … Continue reading

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Deja Vu

We’re hearing it again, “It won’t raise taxes”. The Batavia School Board said the same in 2007 when it promised the $75 million bonds referendum for the Batavia Fine Arts Center, the fieldhouse, and other assorted smaller projects would not … Continue reading

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$15 Million Referendum

On Nov. 4, 2014, residents of the Batavia School District will have the chance to vote on a referendum to issue $15 million in alternate revenue bonds for capital projects, including the Athletic Fields Redevelopment Plan. In plain language, they … Continue reading

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Batavia School District proposes $7 million tax hike

The school board has published their proposed tax levy for 2013, payable in 2014. It includes an almost 13% increase in taxes for operating funds, due mostly to the Chicago Premium Outlets Mall coming onto the tax rolls after the … Continue reading

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