The referendum asks voters to approve an increase in the tax rate for library services by 21 cents per $100 of net taxable value. This is a 40% reduction from the initial proposal that was presented to the community in May. It reduces the proposed increase from 36 cents to 21 cents, scales back improvements to the Dundee Library focusing on those that are of the highest priority, and reduces the size of the new library from 75,000 square feet to 40,000.
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Referendum Frequently Asked Questions
No. If the voters pass the referendum, the library’s tax rate (not the total property tax rate) would increase by 21 cents per $100 of net taxable value. The rate is currently 20.9 cents per $100 of net taxable value, one of the lowest rates for library services in the county. Library taxes are approximately 2% of a resident’s total bill.
The library district is unable to meet the growing demand for library materials, programs, services, and facilities. It has been 40 years since the construction of the Dundee Library. In the last 20 years, the population of our service area has doubled. Library facilities have not kept pace. The library district is simply out of room to address not only current needs, but those of the future. Proceeds of a voter-approved referendum would be used for improvements to the existing Dundee Library, construction of a new, full-service library near Randall Road, and maintenance and operation of both libraries.
A 21-person Citizen Task Force met four times to review studies done by a library planning consultant, plans and costs prepared by an architect and construction manager, financing options presented by a bond expert, and results from a survey mailed to all 17,000 registered voter households in the library district. In July, they recommended the proposal be downsized.
The estimated breakdown of use of proceeds would be as follows: 50% for renovations and construction; 30% for ongoing maintenance and operations, including materials, programs, and technology; and 20% for added staffing.
If voter approved, some funds would address necessary improvements to the Dundee Library:
- Increase the size of the children’s area
- Create more public space by repurposing administrative offices and the former Township space into areas for public use
- Provide multipurpose spaces for meetings, computer training, group study, and tutoring
- Address safety issues, such as repairing emergency exits and installing a sprinkler system
A new library would respond to the community’s need for equitable library service on both sides of the district, while balancing concerns about cost. The downsized proposal includes:
- Large early childhood area
- Larger collections for all ages
- Multipurpose rooms for programs, meetings, and group study
- Computer classroom
- Easy-to-browse shelving, wide aisles, and comfortable seating
Yes, a new library would replace the Randall Oaks Library, a temporary branch library in rented space.
A new library would be located on a site on Recreation Drive just west of Randall Road, close to the Recreation Center, baseball fields, and Dundee Middle School.
Yes, the Board of Trustees is committed to making improvements that will provide long-term flexibility. By eliminating space at the rear of the building without altering its basic design, it will be expansion-ready if population continues to grow. In addition, internal flexibility is built into the plan so that the building can adapt to our patrons’ needs.
The Fox River Valley Public Library District serves East Dundee, West Dundee, Carpentersville, Gilberts, Sleepy Hollow, and portions of Algonquin, Elgin, and Barrington Hills.
In a 2016 survey conducted by the PEW Research Center, 77% of Americans age 16 and older think libraries provide them with the resources they need. This is especially true for young people: 84% of those between the ages of 16 and 29 say this. In the last ten years, demand for service in our own district has grown. Circulation has increased by 219% and program attendance has increased by 166%.
Libraries remain relevant as training centers for computer and technology skills, literacy centers for adults and children, workspaces for students and business people, access points for Internet service, meeting spaces for people with like interests, and technology experts to help seniors navigate the rapidly changing digital world.
No. Only about 7% of Fox River Valley Libraries’ circulation is e-books. Satisfying the demand for materials in all formats, including print, audio, and digital, is a core function of the library. After 10 years of availability, e-book sales have reached a plateau and print continues to outpace digital.
The current tax rate for FRVPLD (20.9 cents) is one of the lowest in the county.
The estimated tax impact of the referendum is as follows:
Home’s Fair Market Value1
Home Assessed –Value (EAV)2
Estimated Yearly Tax Impact3
*The average property value is $178,195 in Dundee Township and $196,709 in Rutland Township.
1FAIR MARKET VALUE (or FAIR CASH VALUE) is determined by the Township Assessor. This number is based on sales of similar homes averaged over the previous three years.
2 The EQUALIZED ASSESSED VALUE (EAV) (sometimes referred to as ASSESSED VALUATION or EQUALIZED VALUE) is determined by the County Assessor’s office by dividing the FAIR MARKET VALUE by approximately one-third.
3This chart assumes no exemptions.
Any exemptions (such as homestead or senior) are deducted from the EAV, resulting in the NET TAXABLE VALUE. The library tax rate is applied to the NET TAXABLE VALUE. The tax impact will be reduced by $12.63 for the $6,000 Homeowner’s Exemption, and by a further $10.53 for the $5,000 Senior Exemption.
Here is an example of how to calculate the tax impact of the referendum on a home with a FAIR MARKET VALUE of $100,000
|Fair Market Value||$100,000|
|Divided by one-third to arrive at EAV||$33,333.33|
|No exemptions applied||-0-|
|Net Taxable Value||$33,333.33|
|Divide by 100||$333.33|
|Multiply by increase of 21 cents||
$70.00 – this is the tax impact on a home with a FAIR MARKET VALUE OF $100,000
|Fair Market Value||$100,000|
|Divided by one-third to arrive at EAV||$33,333.33|
|Less Homeowners Exemption||-$6,000|
|Net Taxable Value||$27,333.33|
|Divide by 100||$273.33|
|Multiply by increase of 21 cents||$57.40 - this is the tax impace on a home with a FAIR MARKET VALUE of $100,000 and a Homstead Exemption of $6,000|
Borrowing costs remain near historic lows, and construction costs continue to increase. The longer the district waits to address facility improvements, the more it will cost.
Shall the limiting rate under the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law for the Fox River Valley Public Library District, Kane County, Illinois, be increased by an additional amount equal to 0.21000% above the limiting rate for any purpose of said Library District for levy year 2015 and be equal to 0.41949% of the equalized assessed value of the taxable property therein for levy year 2016?
- The approximate amount of taxes extendable at the most recently extended limiting rate is $3,219,526, and the approximate amount of taxes extendable if the proposition is approved is $6,466,889.
- For the 2016 levy year the approximate amount of the additional tax extendable against the property containing a single family residence and having a fair market value at the time of the referendum of $100,000 is estimated to be $70.
- If the proposition is approved, the aggregate extension for 2016 will be determined by the limiting rate set forth in the proposition, rather than the otherwise applicable limiting rate calculated under the provisions of the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law (commonly known as the Property Tax Cap Law).
The question means: Shall the tax rate for FRVPLD be increased by 21 cents for a total tax rate of 42 cents?
The library did not write the question. The exact wording on a ballot question for a library district referendum is strictly dictated by Illinois statutes. Unlike most other units of local government, library districts do not have the legal authority to determine the wording of the question or to place advisory questions on the ballot.
A “YES” vote will approve a tax increase and allow the library to move forward with facility expansion plans.
- Lease at Randall Oaks will expire in 2017 (rent has been prepaid from 2012-2017)
- Lease can be extended on a six-month basis until 2022.
- After 2017, funds that could be invested in a permanent facility will be spent on rent.