An increasing tax rate doesn’t always increase taxes

Richard Thomas’ “Harlem heritage worth fighting for,” reveals a common lack of understanding regarding the effects of property tax rates on the actual property tax being levied. Mr. Thomas erroneously equates an increase in the tax rate in the Harlem School District with a directly proportional increase in taxes. Excerpt: From 2012 to 2013, the Harlem School District had a 10-percent increase in its tax rate. And that 2013 tax rate is about 7 percent higher than Rockford’s school rate. That 10-percent Harlem increase translates into a...

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