The strike and local taxes

New deal with District 300 teachers will not cause tax increase
By Tara Garcia Mathewson

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Community Unit District 300 teachers walk the picket line Tuesday morning outside district headquarters after the teachers union went on strike. Photo by Christopher Hankins.

Now that the one-day teachers strike in Community Unit District 300 is over, many parents have shifted from worrying about child care for their kids while school is out to worrying that the tentative labor agreement announced Tuesday will mean higher taxes.

Word is, it won’t.

Details of the agreement have not been released and are not expected to be made public until after all the members in the teachers union get a chance to see and vote on the contract. That vote could come as early as Sunday with the board of education next in line to give official approval.

Joe Stevens, board member and district spokesman on matters relating to negotiations, told parents and district staff members Tuesday night the board’s vote would come “no sooner than Dec. 18.”

In the meantime, Stevens said taxpayers should not worry about an increase just because of the agreement.

“Nothing that we did in the teachers’ contract can force taxes up unless there’s a referendum and we have not sought a referendum,” Stevens said.

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