The Dieterich Board of Education has scheduled a Truth in Taxation Hearing regarding the district’s tax levy. The hearing was scheduled at the Board’s recent meeting after the Board made plans to move forward with a levy that represents a 13.03% increase over the 2014 levy. The estimated increase is due to an increase in Equalized Assessed Valuation and any new construction within the school district. There was also an additional need reflected in the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund, the Social Security Fund, and the Tort Fund.
Regarding the tax levy, Superintendent Cary Jackson reminded the Board that the estimates are generally set at a higher amount than are actually collected to ensure that the District can capture the tax dollars that are available, as established by rate limits. The tentative levy is on display in the District Office, and will remain there until the hearing on December 16th.
In other action, the Board approved a resolution to participate in the State of Illinois Federal Surplus Property Program. This program allows the district to save money when making purchases.
The Board was also updated on the progress towards increasing dual credit opportunities at Dieterich High School. There are currently 17 dual credit courses available at Lake Land College, with a goal to increase that number to 36 by the next school year.