By: Diane Benjamin
The Pantagraph reported today the Heartland Board passed an operating budget that is 7.8% higher than last year.
The overall budget is 13.4% higher than last year.
Heartland approved a huge tax increase last year. When your property tax bill increased – much of it was Heartland!
Below are the tax rates for the last few years:
Those rates mean that for a house valued at $150,000:
In 2013 the tax was $241.28 (150,000 / 3 * .48255)
In 2016 the tax was $294.20 (150,000 / 3 * .58840)
That homeowner has $53.92 less to spend where they want JUST attributable to Heartland. Add to that all the increases from the numerous other taxing bodies and it’s not hard to see why citizens are moving out!
In the early 1990’s Heartland was sold as never needing a brick and mortar campus. The tax rate used to be less than .15. (Pantagraph archives – Editorial dated Nov 20, 1994)
Besides abating taxes as described in the above story, Heartland offers scholarships to athletes:
Tuition at Heartland is $8,250 a year?
Not if you get it free courtesy of property taxes! It sure looks like they will even cover athletes from out-or-state!
The tax rate when Heartland was founded was less than .15. That means the home owner of that $150,000 house used to pay $75.00
Enrollment is down and taxes are up.
Heartland’s mission may have started as affordable education.
Now its fancy facilities and sports. How much money is spent transporting teams to games not held in Normal?
The citizens were lied to.
When is Heartland going to stop stealing more and more of your money?
When voters start paying attention!