As Madison County treasurer I’m often asked by taxpayers: “Why are my taxes so high?” My response is, “I don’t determine your taxes. I simply collect them.”
Taxes go up for several reasons. Sometimes elections make a difference.
With Election Day around the corner (April 7) and early voting starting weeks before (March 23) it’s important to know what’s on the ballot.
This election there will be school-related referenda in several districts asking for tax levy changes.
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In Granite City and Triad, voters are being asked to approve levy increases.
Granite City is asking taxpayers for 80 cents more per $100 of assessed valuation. Triad wants 50 cents more.
Taxpayers with a home worth $100,000 would pay approximately $266 in additional taxes per year in the Granite City School District and $166 in Triad.
Voters in the East-Alton Wood River High School District and the Wood River-Hartford and East Alton elementary districts are being asked if the districts should be dissolved and a new single district created.
By law, voters will establish the levy of specific funds — education, operations and building maintenance, transportation, health and life safety, working cash and lease.
Assuming a property valued at $100,000, it is estimated that taxes will decrease by $30 per year for people who currently pay in the EAWR/Wood River-Hartford districts and by $120 in the EAWR/East Alton districts.
School officials say the remaining levies — Social Security, liability insurance, IMRF, bonds, etc. — will be established by a newly elected school board and are not projected to increase.
Your vote is your voice. Be heard.
Madison County Treasurer