Posted Online: Dec. 11, 2012, 8:12 pm

Hampton school raises tax levy

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By Sarah Ford, correspondent@qconline.com

The Hampton Board of Education on Monday approved the 2013 tax levy of $1.1 million, up from $887,461 this year.

Superintendent Tom Berg said the district's tax rate is expected to remain the same, despite the increase in the amount the district decided to collect. He said that's because the district's overall assessed valuation dramatically increased since Hampton's tax-increment-financing District 1 expired.

In other action, the board approved a resolution allowing children of employees who do not live in the school district to attend Hampton School tuition-free. Mr. Berg said out-of-district tuition in Illinois is $6,500 a year, so the waiver will help a few full-time employees who would prefer their children to attend the school.

Mr. Berg also stated that four 4-year terms on the Board of Education are open for the April election, and election packets are available at the school. Anyone interested in running will need to get 50 signatures and file the paperwork at the school between Dec.17 and Dec. 26.

The board also learned that the Christmas concert will be Thursday, with one performance at 2 p.m. and another at 6 p.m.