District 64 to host virtual public hearing on 2020-21 budget

District 64 to host virtual public hearing on 2020-21 budget

The School District 64 Board of Education will hold a public hearing on its 2020-2021 budget when it meets Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020 in a virtual meeting beginning at 7 p.m.

The Board adopted a tentative budget for the new fiscal year on July 9. The budget will benefit from higher-than-expected new construction revenue. The equalized assessed valuation increased by 16.87 percent in the 2019 tax levy over the 2018 tax levy. Despite holding a conservative outlook, District 64 is expecting an increase in new money in the amount of $1.85 million (up 2.71 percent over the 2018 tax levy).

The tentative budget can be found under “Financial Data Current” on the Business Services portion of the District 64 website.

The budget in its final form is expected to be adopted at the School Board’s regular monthly meeting on Thursday, Sept. 20. 

Attendees may view the meeting using Zoom on their computer, mobile device or phone. Instructions along with the agenda and Board reports will be available on the School Board page of the District's website 48 hours prior to the meeting. Anyone unable to view these meetings remotely may attend in-person at Emerson Middle School multi-purpose room, 8101 North Cumberland, Niles where a District 64 administrator will facilitate viewing of the meeting.

The doors to Emerson School will open 15 minutes prior to the start of the meeting. There is a strict limit of no more than 50 people gathering in one place in effect for this meeting and those attending must wear masks. Anyone present at this location will be allowed to participate during the public comments portion of the meeting.

While public attendees will be muted, they have the opportunity to email comments which will be read aloud during the meeting. The District will make every effort to post recorded online Board meetings afterwards. Please note that District 64 is following all meeting guidelines identified by the state.