The Evanston Skokie School District 65 board is scheduled to vote this evening on whether to ask voters for $48.2 million in bonds to build a new school and expand some existing school buildings.

The meeting is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. at the district’s administration building, 1500 McDaniel Ave.

The school construction referendum may not be the only request the district makes to the voters for more money.

The board’s finance committee last week considered asking for additional funds to close projected operating deficits over the next few years and cover added operating costs for the planned new school.

But the committee decided to postpone a decision on those requests for at least six months to more closely examine budget-cutting recommendations made by a citizen’s budget committee.

The capital referendum for new construction is estimated to increase the tax on a home valued at the citywide median price of $367,000 by about $117.

The operating fund referenda that may be scheduled later could add as much as $295 more to the same property tax bill, based on estimates prepared for the board last week.

The owner of a median priced home in Evanston now pays more than $3,000 a year in taxes to District 65.

The new school referendum, if approved by the board, would appear on the March 20 election ballot.

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Related documents

Background documents from D65 on the referendum (.pdf)

Slide presentation from D65 on the referendum (.pdf)

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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