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The District 220 Board of Education meets this evening at 7:00 PM at the District Administration Center, 515 W. Main Street. Some of the topics on their agenda include:

  • Consideration to Approve North Barrington and Barbara Rose Elementary School Construction Bid
  • Consideration to Approve Early Learning Center and A.C. Lines Elementary School Construction Bid
  • Consideration to Approve Project Work Order #9 to the Pepper Construction Company Master Agreement for North Barrington and Barbara Rose Additions & Renovation in the amount of $9,701,596
  • Consideration to Approve Barrington Middle School SRO (School Resource Officer) Agreement
  • Consideration to Determine Estimated 2022 Levy, and
  • Consideration to Approve 2022 Illinois Association of School Board (IASB) Resolutions

A copy of the agenda can be viewed here. The meeting will be live streamed on the district YouTube channel.

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Darch curious-questions-logo

A home rule sales tax. A crime-free housing ordinance. Cost savings through multiyear contracting.

Those are some of the changes Barrington residents likely will see as a result of last week’s referendum granting the village-home rule status, said Village President Karen Darch.

One thing they will not see — property tax hikes in excess of what they would have been without the vote, Darch added. In September, the village board passed an ordinance requiring the panel keep the town’s property tax levy within the nonhome-rule tax cap.

“So as we set the levy and do the budgeting, we will abide by the cap,” Darch said.

Darch noted that home-rule neighbors South Barrington and Lake Barrington have not increased their property tax levy over the last several years, while another, Barrington Hills, has seen its property tax levy decrease over each of the past eight years.

Home rule, which is automatic for Illinois municipalities of more than 25,000 residents, gives towns greater authority to impose taxes, such as a local sales or gas tax, as well as more flexibility in drafting ordinances.

When the election results are certified, trustees will begin work on implementing changes allowed by the new home-rule status. Darch said the village attorney has recommended readopting the village code.

The next steps will include putting the 1% home-rule sales tax in place. The tax will not apply to groceries, prescription drugs or vehicle sales.

Read on here.

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UnionsAmendment 1 to the Illinois Constitution remains too close to call.

The government union-backed amendment can pass in one of two ways. Either at least 60% of Illinoisans vote “yes” on the ballot question, or more than 50% of all voters in the election approve it.

The New York Times reported 58% of Illinoisans voted in favor of the constitutional amendment based on data from over 95% of counties Nov. 11. That number alone would mean the amendment would fail unless the uncounted ballots give it 60% of the vote on the question, but there is another way it could pass.

The second way for it to pass is to get at least 50% of the total votes cast in the election. That number remains elusive because of those uncounted ballots.

Illinois accepts mail-in ballots for up to two weeks after Election Day if the envelope was postmarked by Nov. 8. That means a final tally could take weeks and it could be that long before voters know whether over 50% of all Illinois voters in the election approved the change to the constitution. All ballots cast must be counted before election officials are able to make that calculation.

Election officials said they expect a smaller share of voters to cast mail ballots than in 2020, reducing reporting times. The number of mail ballots requested but that had not been returned can be tracked here, but was nearly 235,000 early on Nov. 10.

Government workers in Illinois already have the right to unionize and collectively bargain for wages, hours and working conditions. They have some of the strongest labor rights in the nation.

But Amendment 1 would add “economic welfare” and “safety at work” as subjects, which lawmakers haven’t defined and isn’t mentioned in any other state constitution. The definitions and other issues are expected to be decided by the courts, but could take years to litigate.

More here.

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220 Enrolment

“At the Nov. 1 Board of Education meeting, the Board heard an update on student enrollment numbers in Barrington 220. Thirty days into the 2022-23 school year, the district’s total enrollment was 8,221 students, which is an increase by 56 students compared to last school year.

The 30-day enrollment figures are a snapshot in time. Enrollment will fluctuate during the school year as it has in the past and the district will continue to monitor it accordingly. Click here to view the full presentation.”

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The Barrington Hills Park District Board will hold their regular monthly meeting this evening in person and via Zoom at 7:00 PM. Some of the topics on their agenda include:

  • 2023 Tax Levy Ordinance, and
  • Large Equipment To Purchase

A copy of their agenda can be viewed here. Instructions for accessing the meeting remotely can be found here.

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Prepare to get Darched Barrington taxpayers.

Barrington home rule:

Voters in Barrington have approved a ballot measure giving the village home rule authority, with 2,488 votes in favor and 2,102 against, unofficial results showed late Tuesday.

Village officials said home rule status would give them more local control to invest further in roads, bike paths and community spaces. One proposal is the creation of Park Avenue Plaza, a community gathering space and al fresco dining area. To ease residents’ concerns about tax hikes, village trustees approved an ordinance that would prevent them from raising the property tax levy above the current cap set on non-home rule communities.

Voters rejected a similar home rule measure in 2014.

Cook County forest preserves:

Voters across the county agreed to a property tax hike that will help the forest preserve district acquire more land, restore some existing sites, fund maintenance projects, pay down pension costs and expand programming. A portion of the funds will also go to Brookfield Zoo and Chicago Botanic Garden.

With 92% of precincts reporting, unofficial results show 731,555 favored the tax hike and 350,547 opposed it.

Approval of the ballot measure — providing a $43 million boost to the district’s annual budget — will mean paying about $20 more in property taxes a year, on top of about $36 to $48 that currently goes to the district. A coalition of more than 150 organizations supported the request for additional funds for the county’s nearly 70,000 acres of forest preserves.

More here.

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Common Sense

No, that’s not a typo. It’s not a practical joke either.

Roads & Bridges Chair Laura Ekstrom chose the absolute busiest day of the year at Village Hall to have her own special Roads & Bridges meeting consisting of one (1) agenda item today.  And, her special meeting is scheduled at 3 PM, a time when many people vote since they leave their workplaces early.

Turnout for early voting this year has been brisk.  The parking lots have frequently been seen nearly full, and yesterday lines were forming to vote, thus increasing frustrations.

Common sense would dictate alternative dates be chosen by Ekstrom, or short of that, a Zoom meeting be scheduled if there was no alternative.  Clearly, this escaped her.

A copy of her agenda can be viewed here, and if you find yourselves trying to vote this afternoon but unable to park, we know who you have to thank.

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1691 South Dead Horse Mountain Road

At Racetrack Mansion, your driveway is the track entrance.

Down in Fayetteville, Arkansas, the sort of house that car enthusiasts dream of just happens to be for sale—and while it isn’t cheap, every additional detail just adds to the appeal. The obvious attraction to anyone with a speed/adrenaline penchant is the 1.2-mile, custom-built asphalt track that snakes through the 393-odd acre lot. It’s a simple affair, roughly a quadrangle with one hairpin-shaped section by the main gate to the property, but with the kind of funds you need to buy this place you’re probably already eyeballing the satellite map and figuring out where the earthmovers could squeeze in an Eau Rouge or Laguna Seca Corkscrew analogue. With space to grow and the budget to match your vision, it’s basically a blank slate.

And we haven’t even gotten to the other bits of the property. Take the modest 7,764-square-foot house on the parcel, complete with five bedrooms and six-plus bathrooms. The house is (at least partially) powered by a large array of solar panels (900+), features 4,125 square feet of patio space for superlative outdoor entertaining, and there’s even 1.6 miles of frontage to the White River.

While we’re sure it is nice—it’s relatively new, built in 2016—it’s the 30,000 square feet of shop space in various outbuildings—we count four in all, including one that’s dedicated to paint and vehicle storage. The largest is 80 feet by 175 feet, an absolutely massive space with room to store and work on dozens of vehicles. This building is wired to handle welders in multiple locations, with compressed air outlets all over as well.

Read more here, or view the listing of 1691 South Dead Horse Mountain Road here.

Editorial note: According to the real estate listing, property taxes are $12,180 per year.

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Top 2022

For three years running, District 220 was named to the list of, “Top Workplaces in Chicagoland,” by the Chicago Tribune. Unfortunately, 220 did not make the Tribune’s list for 2022 as seen here.

Perhaps it was the BHS traffic that turned off would-be voters (seeDistrict 220’s ‘Nightmare on Main Street’ starts tomorrow”), but no public or private schools were named to this year’s list either.  The other possibility is 220 cut their marketing budget too far.

Better luck next year!     

Related:Barrington 220 (again) named “Top Workplaces 2021” by the Chicago Tribune

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Crain’s Chicago Business’ editorial board is endorsing a ‘no’ vote on Amendment 1. Two Crain’s columnists did so, also, because of the unchecked power it would grant government unions.

Crain’s Chicago Business is the newest editorial board asking Illinoisans to reject Amendment 1.

Prior to the editorial board’s endorsement, two of their columnists wrote against the amendment as well as The Wall Street JournalChicago TribuneDaily Herald and News-Gazette in Champaign.

In addition to editorial boards, a prominent Democrat, former Chicago 43rd Ward Ald. Michele Smith, endorsed voting “no” on Amendment 1.

Crain’s Editorial Board

Crain’s endorses a no vote because of the effect Amendment 1 would have on Illinois’ business climate. Voters will decide its fate Nov. 8.

“In fact, it’s the very last thing this state needs. Bestowing special constitutional status on unions would give companies one more reason to avoid Illinois.”

This year, businesses such as Tyson, Citadel, Boeing, Caterpillar, FTX and Highland Ventures announced moves out of Illinois. McDonald’s restaurants said its headquarters’ future in Illinois is uncertain.

When Gov. J.B. Pritzker visited the Crain’s editorial board, he discussed impediments to businesses coming to Illinois. The state’s fiscal mess creating tax uncertainty and Chicago crime were on his list, but the editorial board had a third.

“Though Pritzker didn’t list it, there’s a third impediment – one the governor was eager to back away from in our Oct. 12 conversation. It’s the perception that labor runs the show in Illinois, making it costlier to do business here and nearly impossible to solve the biggest budgetary burden we face as a state – namely, the unfunded obligation of about $130 billion that every man, woman and child in this state owes to our public employee pension systems.”

They said passing Amendment 1 would be a major mistake.

Read more here.

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