I was shocked today at the Wilmette District 39 School Board meeting to find out they have hired attorneys to battle two property owners who received assessment reductions from the Cook County Board of Review.
One property is a lakefront home at 1120 Michigan that was purchased in 2007 for about $7.5 million but now due to the sluggish economy may only be worth $6 million. They seem entitled to a major property tax reduction.
The other property at 200 Skokie Boulevard is Baker’s Square Restaurant with about 50 employees. This legal action could be a job killer and result in less overall tax income, if Baker’s Square closes.
The D39 School District voted tonight, along with New Trier School District 203 and Village of Wilmette, to spend attorney fees to fight these two property owners so they pay more in taxes. Our precious resources should be used to educate students, pay teachers, buy supplies, etc., not pay attorneys to fight our neighbors and our local businesses.
This makes no sense, the school districts should focus on education and not collecting money. Today at the school board meeting I asked them to stop this action. This is wrong. They did not listen.