A concerned taxpayer addressed the West Washington County Unit District 10 School Board during a levy hearing last Thursday.
Gene Rennegarbe expressed his concerns about the tax bills on farmland he owns in the school district.
“My taxes went up 17 percent two years ago and 19 percent last year,” Rennegarbe said. “I’m wanting to know why taxes on farmland have gone up so much.”
Board member Brett Roe explained that land valuation is set by the Illinois Department of Revenue. Local assessors use that data to determine the tax.
“The state has a formula that determines land value based on productivity, input costs, commodity prices, and other measures,” said Roe. “That rule changed how farmland was valued, and that has hurt southern Illinois.”
Superintendent Scott Fuhrhop noted that the district’s proposed budget increased by only three percent over last year, which mainly covers salary increases.
Following the levy hearing, the board held its regular meeting and approved the tax levy payable in 2019-20. That was the only action item on the meeting agenda.
Read full meeting details in this week’s issue.