Nonbinding Referendum

For the November 6th, 2018 election, Oak Park voters will be asked to vote "yes" or "no" on the following nonbinding referendum:

“Shall the merger and consolidation of Oak Park taxing bodies be considered, including, but not limited to, the Village of Oak Park, Oak Park Township, the Oak Park Public Library and the Park District of Oak Park, to determine if there would be efficiencies, the elimination of redundancies and/or property tax reduction for the residents of Oak Park?”

Oak Park Township is providing this informational webpage to keep residents informed.  Please check back for updates as we receive them.  

Fact Sheet on Nonbinding Referendum

Collaborative Fact Sheet Produced by Park District of Oak Park, Oak Park Public Library and Oak Park Township

From Township Officials of Illinois (TOI)
Report Summary Brochure:  Local Democracy and Townships in the Chicagoland Area



Oak Park Levies from 2015 to 2018
Data compiled by Oak Park Township Assessor Ali ElSaffar


Notes on Changes in the Tax Burden of Property Classes due to Reassessment.  The 2017 reassessment of Oak Park Township resulted in substantial variation for individual tax bills.  Whereas tax bills fell for about one-third of Oak Park property owners, more than one-quarter of property owners saw tax increases of more than 10%. 

The changes for individual tax bills, however, were much more dramatic than the changes by class.  For example, homeowners paid 80.7% of Oak Park taxes before the reassessment, and 81.0% after the reassessment.  There was a little more variation within the class of homeowners, with single family homeowners and owners of two- to six-flats paying a little more, and condominium owners paying a little less.  The change was more dramatic for owners of townhomes, who are paying 6% less in taxes this year compared to last year.

Business properties—commercial properties, industrial properties and large apartment buildings—had a very small decline in their share of the Oak Park tax burden, falling from 19.3% to 19.0%.  Apartment buildings with seven units or more had a 9% tax increase, whereas commercial property owners saw a 2% decline.  And Oak Park’s already small industrial sector got even smaller.

When Oak Park was reassessed in 2002, there were much more substantial changes in the tax burden.  Because of the 2002 reassessment, the tax burden for homeowners increased from 69.6% of the tax burden to 74.5%, while the burden on business properties fell from 30.4% to 25.5%.  Compared to 2002, the 2017 assessment of Oak Park resulted in very little change in the allocation of tax burdens by property class.



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