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Argo School District 217 provides tax breaks for residents through government grants

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Summit, Illinois (CBS) – Usually we hear that some school districts are asking for more money, which often happens in the form of a property tax increase.

But, as CBS 2 political investigator Dana Kozlov said on Wednesday, one school district in the southwestern suburbs could do the opposite – and get their money back.

Argo Community High School is quiet, given that it is now spring break. But Argo Community High School District 217 Supt. William Tulias says there is still excitement.

“We try to help every family as much as possible,” Tulias said.

This time the aid is in the form of property tax relief – more than $ 1.7 million of them are divided and remain in the pockets of all owners of district homes and businesses.

“Every business taxpayer or homeowner will get that money back from their tax bills,” said 217 County School Board President Dan Kozal.

That money will average $ 168 to $ 240 per property owner thanks to a grant from the Illinois Board of Education. The $ 50 million state program is available to eligible counties – selected on the basis of evidence-based funding needs.

“The evidence-based funding model was supposed to make a flat plane in all schools – regardless of the financial status or even the economic status of the students,” Tulias said.

Both Tulias and Kozal say the fiscal boost is especially important for families in half a dozen suburbs that feed high school because many families in it make up the working class and try to make ends meet. This is especially true now, when record high inflation is pushing the price of everything.

“There are a lot of freshmen here – a lot of immigrants – and I think you know, everything helps,” said Kozal.

The only downside is that money can’t help every student’s family – only those who actually own the property rather than rent it will get relief. Goat hopes the opposite.

“You pay it to the next person,” Kozal said. “I hope someone will have some general courtesy to do this – especially in these times.”

District 217 was one of 37 school districts across the state that received state aid.

There is another snag: this year the tax breaks will be financed by the state, but next year $ 1.8 million will come from the district’s revenues. But the head said the district has extra reserves to pay for it.

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