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Harlem Receives Property Tax Relief Grant

Harlem Consolidated School District # 122 School Board Approves Property Tax Abatement (Reduction)

On February 10th, 2020, the Harlem School District School Board approved a resolution to abate $4,357,702 to provide property tax relief to the Harlem community.  The state of Illinois has provided a $53.7 million state grant to those school districts with the highest unit equivalent tax rate compared to all the districts that applied.  Harlem is one of 39 school districts in the state eligible to receive the grant in 2020. 


The district estimates the average savings on a $100,000 home is approximately $185.  The actual amount of savings per home will depend on the change in valuation for the tax year.  Harlem taxpayers will see the reduction on their May 2020 tax statements.  Superintendent Julie Morris states, “We are pleased to be able to provide this tax reduction to our community during these challenging times.”  


Under the Property Tax Relief Grant Program, the District abated $4.36 million in local property taxes but will receive $4.06 million in state funding.  The difference will be accounted for in future state funding. The Property Tax Relief Grant is up to a 2 year grant and the District is evaluating the second year of the grant based on the current economic situation.  Future property tax relief is subject to state appropriations.  


Over the past 10 years, the Harlem School District has worked towards paying down Bond debt outstanding.  Next year, our community will see a further tax decrease as bonds are retired. The debt service portion of the tax levy will decrease by over $3.2 million.  The bonds were incurred in 1998 to finance the building addition at Harlem High School and other building improvement projects in the district.