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The vote will raise the local tax rate from about 1.37 percent, the lowest in Will County, according to the district, to 2.27 percent. For a homeowner in Rockdale with a home value of $100,000, their taxes would increase by about $25 a month, according to the district.
It will make a difference. The K-8 district of about 294 students has had to cut all sports, extracurricular, band and choir activities to help close about a $300,000 deficit. Those programs will be restored next year, Schrik said.
He also said they will be looking to add staff members to help decrease class sizes, something valuable to a small district that already had eliminated a staff position. It also had placed Chromebook purchases on hold, closed all cellphone accounts and eliminated all textbook spending for this school year.