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Farm Bureau Leaders Consider Policy Regarding School Districts

05/15/2013 @ 6:57 am | By Bona Heinsohn

Eighty-seven percent of farmers responding to the recent Viewpoint Survey overwhelmingly support requiring school districts to post the district’s fiscal calendar, findings from any financial reports/audits, and a searchable expenditure and revenue database on their website.

From 2000 to 2010, school districts which collect the largest portion of property taxes, increased property taxes by fifty-eight (58) percent.

Cook County Farm Bureau is considering policy to require school districts that maintain a district website to post certain financial information on that site to increase transparency.

Leaders will review this policy draft in June and make a recommendation to the Illinois Farm Bureau® that same month.  Anyone interested in learning more about the issue or have comments regarding the policy submittal is encouraged to contact Bona Heinsohn at (708) 354-3276 or via email at bona@cookcfb.org.