June 29, 2022, update: The election results show that more than 71 percent of the voters supported the Community Consolidated School District 89 school bond referendum.
This result means the district will be able to complete essential health, safety, and accessibility projects at all five CCSD 89 schools while lowering residents’ tax rate. You can see the full list of projects here: www.ccsd89.org/bondprojects
Thank you to all the residents who voted on the CCSD 89 school bond referendum.
Most of the essential infrastructure work will take place in the summers of 2023 and 2024. Read more: https://bit.ly/3ucxm3I
CCSD 89 2022 bond referendum
In June, residents of Community Consolidated School District 89 will have the opportunity to vote on a referendum that would issue bonds to protect the infrastructure at all five schools while also reducing taxes.
If approved by voters, the referendum would allow the district to issue $27 million in bonds. The bonds would be used to improve educational environments and safety systems while providing property-tax relief.
In 2021, the district completed payment on one set of bonds, which will lower the spring 2022 taxes for the average CCSD 89 homeowner by $239. The June referendum will allow the community to vote whether to renew a second set of bonds. If the referendum is approved, it will lower the taxes on the average homeowner by an additional $4, for a total reduction of $243 per year.
The bonds would allow the district to complete the majority of the work over two summers (2023 and 2024). If the bonds are not approved, the projects would still need to be completed, but the work would be spread out over 20 years. During those two decades, there would be additional costs for maintenance and repairs, as well as potential system failures.
About the projects
All five CCSD 89 schools (four elementary schools and one middle school) are more than 50 years old. Prior to approaching the Board about a referendum, the district’s director of buildings and grounds worked with the district’s architect to identify systems in the schools that will need to be replaced. The projects were presented to an advisory committee made up of residents and staff, then shared with the community via two surveys to identify residents’ priorities.
If approved, the bonds would fund repairs or replacement of several large pieces of infrastructure that are past their expected lifespan, including: roofs (Arbor View, Briar Glen, Glen Crest); energy-efficient heating systems (Briar Glen); and parking lots (Arbor View, Briar Glen, partial Glen Crest, Park View, Westfield). The referendum would also allow the district to redesign the Arbor View and Briar Glen entrances to provide more secure entrances to the buildings.
By law, bonds can only be used for infrastructure projects; they can not be used to pay for personnel, transportation, or supplies. Bonds are similar to home loans in that they are issued for a certain amount of time and expire when they are paid back.
Community shows support for referendum question
The Board Member’s decision to place a bond referendum on the ballot comes after the feedback from two community surveys and three community forums indicated residents supported issuing bonds that would not increase taxes. In the phone survey, 57 percent of residents said they supported issuing $27 million in bonds.
The referendum question that will appear on the ballot will read:
Shall the Board of Education of Community Consolidated School District Number 89, DuPage County, Illinois, alter, repair and equip the Arbor View Elementary, Briar Glen Elementary, Park View Elementary, Westfield Elementary and Glen Crest Middle School Buildings, including installing school safety and security improvements and repairing and replacing windows, doors, roofs and mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems, and issue bonds of said School District to the amount of $27,000,000 for the purpose of paying the costs thereof?
Voting ‘yes’ on this question would be voting to support the referendum and issue the bonds. Voting ‘no’ on the referendum would be voting against the referendum.
The referendum will be on the ballot June 28. Early voting starts June 13.
The majority of the work will occur in the summer of 2023 and 2024. The district will continue to update the community on the progress of these projects.