Lemont-Bromberek School District Bond Measure (April 2011)

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A Lemont-Bromberek School District Levy Increase measure was on the April 5, 2011 ballot in the Lemont-Bromberek school district area which is in Cook, DuPage and Will Counties.

This measure was defeated in Cook County

  • YES 2,735 (44.88%)
  • NO 3,359 (55.12%)Defeatedd[1]

This measure was also defeated in DuPage County

  • YES 354 (41.21%)
  • NO 505 (58.79%)Defeatedd[2]

This measure asked residents to approve a working cash bond for the school district in the amount of $20 million. The school board went with a working cash bond and not the original intent of a levy increase because with the bond money they would receive it much quicker than with implementing a levy increase. Around $350 would have been added to local property taxes a year in order to help pay for this proposed bond, if it had been approved.[3]

Due to resident concerns about what the money would be spent on, the school district agreed to form a committee which will draft proposed spending policies for the bond money. The committee had first presented a resolution draft for the money on February 14, the next meeting of the school board.[4] Some of the ideas the committee addressed were whether the money would be used for educational purposes in the district or just for operational costs.[5]

Background

This measure was going to seek to increase the current property tax rate in the district area in order to help fund school operation costs, but it was later changed to a bond measure. The district noted that it could be taken over by the state because it does not have sufficient funds to continue operations past June 2011 if this measure does not get approved.[6] To help with the financial woes of the district, the school board chose to borrow money from District 210, $5.5 million in tax anticipation warrants, but if this measure is defeated then the district may still be taken over by the state. The loan money will be used to pay teacher salaries as well as pay off previous loans made by the district.[7] School officials had made the suggestion to ask for a bond of $8 million rather than a tax increase since the money from a tax increase would not be seen by the school district until one year later but bond money would be received much sooner.[8]

Text of Measure

The question on the ballot:

This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.

Shall the Board of Education of Lemont-Bromberek Combined School District Number 113A, Cook and DuPage Counties, Illinois, be authorized to issue $20,000,000 bonds for a working cash fund as provided for by Article 20 of the School Code?[9]

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