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Barrington Area Unit District 220 wants voters to authorize borrowing $147 million. Voters last April rejected a request to borrow $185 million for facility upgrades.

District 220 is seeking authority to issue $147 million in school building bonds for a variety of projects to include paying for basic improvements at all schools in areas such as safety and security, plumbing, electrical, roofing and heating, ventilation and air conditioning.

Voters last April rejected a request to borrow $185 million for facility upgrades.

Due to existing debt the district expects to pay off in 2021, approval of the ballot measure would have the owner of a $500,000 home still see a net decrease of about $75 a year. Without the referendum, the same homeowner would see a reduction of $468.

Read about other Cook County ballot questions making news here.  Lake County initiatives are also covered by the Daily Herald here

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The Barrington School District 220 Board of Education listens to public comment during its Dec. 14, 2019 meeting. Later in the same meeting the board approved a tax levy increase.

The Barrington School District 220 Board of Education is asking for an additional $5.4 million from property owners with the approved 2019 levy, money officials say will help to fund costs for class materials and salaries.

The requested total of $128.7 million is a 4.4% increase from the nearly $123.3 million collected from the 2018 levy, according to school district financial data.

The levy proposal was initially presented at the Nov. 19 school board meeting by David Bein, assistant superintendent for business services. Then a public hearing was held Dec. 3, where there was no public comment. At the Dec. 17 (Dec. 14, actually) meeting, the board voted 7-0 to adopt the increased tax levy.

Read more here.

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The Barrington 220 school board has scheduled five community “information” meetings and three open houses in coming weeks to inform the community about the school district referendum question on the March 17 primary election ballot. 

The district is seeking voter approval to borrow $147 million for improvements at all schools in areas such as safety and security, plumbing, electrical, roofing and heating, ventilation and air conditioning. Proposed work also includes construction of a physical education and wellness center at Barrington High School, additional classrooms at the district’s two middle schools, and new classroom space at all elementary buildings for science, technology, engineering and mathematics classes, as well as students with special needs.

The community information meetings are scheduled for:

Open houses are set for:

We will be publishing copies of their draft presentations when they become available once the paid consultants (seeDistrict 220 hires former state lawmaker’s firm to help with referendum”) finish honing their spin. 

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The Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce will host its 2020 Annual Economic Summit, “State of the Barrington Region,” from 8-10 AM Wednesday, February 5th at Barrington’s White House, 145 W. Main St., Barrington.

The event gathers village officials from 11 surrounding communities to update local business leaders and the community on current economic conditions and what lies ahead for the Barrington area in 2020. Confirmed speakers include Karen Darch of Barrington; Martin McLaughlin of Barrington Hills; Beth McAndrews of Deer Park; Nandia Black of Kildeer; Kevin Richardson of Lake Barrington; Bill Jacob of Long Grove; Eleanor Sweet McDonnell of North Barrington; Shannon Yeaton of Port Barrington; Paula McCombie of South Barrington and David Parro of Tower Lakes.

The public is invited. Seating is limited. To register, call the BACC office at 847-381-2525, or email events@barringtonchamber.com. You can also register online at the BACC website, www.BarringtonChamber.com

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Rep. Deanne Mazzochi, R-Elmhurst, criticizes the Democratic leaders of a property tax relief task force during a news conference Wednesday in Chicago. She said 26 Republican recommendations were ignored by the chairman of the task force.

SPRINGFIELD — Illinois House Republicans on Wednesday blasted a draft final report from the special Property Tax Relief Task Force that lawmakers formed last year. They said the panel’s

Democratic majority summarily rejected dozens of proposals from Republicans.

“Following the release of their draft within the last week, we once again see [House Democrats] refuse to be serious … at a time when our citizens are so desperate and wanting for change in state government,” House GOP Leader Jim Durkin, of Western Springs, said during a news conference in Chicago.

The draft report has been circulating among the 88 members of the task force — or about half of the General Assembly — as the group prepares to issue a final report to Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker and the legislature ahead of the start of the 2020 legislative session Jan. 28.

It calls for, among other things, having the state take over a greater share of funding responsibility for public schools, consolidating potentially hundreds of elementary school and high school districts into full K-12 “unit” districts, and extending the state sales tax to various services that aren’t currently taxed to raise state revenue that could be used to lower local property taxes.

Read more from Capitol News Illinois here.

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Every year around this time, we reach out to Northwest suburban mayors and village presidents and ask them to tell us something their community accomplished in the year gone by and something they hope to accomplish in the year ahead. Today, we share the accomplishments of 2019. On Wednesday, we’ll tell you what the mayors hope to see in 2020.

Martin McLaughlin, Barrington Hills

The Village of Barrington Hills is on track to, once again, lower the levy, making it the sixth consecutive year. Since 2013, the village Levy has been reduced by more than 24%. We will continue to lead by example, responding to our residents’ desire to see tax relief.

In 2019, the Village of Barrington Hills approved a revitalized Comprehensive Plan, which was recognized by the Barrington Area Council of Governments. The innovative format allows residents and those interested to explore the unique property rights and freedoms available within our 30-squar- mile village.

In conjunction with our continuing efforts to preserve natural habitat and open spaces, the Village of Barrington Hills has been recognized and certified as one of the first Bee Cities in Illinois, which was showcased at The Hills Are Alive Fall Festival this past September with a honey-tasting competition.

Read the full year end summary from the Daily Herald here.

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A month ago, the District 220 Board of Education somewhat ceremoniously announced, “…the demolition of the property located at 36 E. Dundee Road, which sits directly adjacent to BMS-Prairie and the Early Learning Center,” (See,220 Board of Education wins ‘Brilliance in Timing’ award”).

Originally slated for completion, “no later than December 20th,” work began today, December 26th, on the demotion project (as seen above).

We’ll likely never know why the Board wisely decided to postpone work on the project until students, parents and teachers were away from the two campuses for Winter Break. We’ll likely not know why the schedule change was not politicized either (though we have an idea).

What we do know is we’re pleased the 220 Board (or staff) exercised a modicum of common sense by causing the least disruption of classroom time possible by delaying the work until today.

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