Orland School District 135


Tax Facts

A Letter from the District 135 Business Office

In November 2010, all Cook County taxpayers received their second installment 2009 property tax bill. Unfortunately, many individual homeowners experienced an increase over their 2008 property tax bill. The major contributing factor to this increase was the fundamental change in the property tax assessment process, which was enacted by the Cook County Board of Commissioners. More specifically, business / commercial owners are likely to receive lower assessments. The unintended consequence of businesses receiving lower assessments is a tax burden shift to residential property. As a result of this change, commercial property owners are likely to experience a greater benefit.

Despite significant increases to some individual taxpayers, Orland school District 135 will only receive a 0.8% increase in tax revenue, or $540,000 more than than last year. This is because taxing districts are subject to tax cap law increase. The levy extension is limited to the Consumer price Index (CPI-U). For these second installment tax bills, Orland School District 135's levy was limited to a 0.1% increase plus new construction. This minimal increase is because the CPI used for the tax cap calculation was 0.1% plus new property, totaling 0.7% for 2009.

In summary, the only explanation that can account for the significant individual homeowner increases are offsetting decreases from commercial (business) owners. The Orland School District 135 Board of Education and Administration are working together to ensure that we continue to be excellent financial stewards for the residents of our school district.

Here are some helpful resources:

- Sample Cook County Tax Bill with Explanations

- Cook County Asssessor's Office Webpage

- Cook County Assessor's Office Frequently Asked Questions

- Request a Duplicate Bill from Treasurer's Office

We welcome your call or email to our Business Office if you have further questions!

Carl Forn, Director of Finance