Why taxes and a capable school board make better schools near Park Ridge.
1 month ago on 04/04/2017 at 3:05 PM

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1 month ago on 04/04/2017 at 3:17 PM

Well d64 certainly has the taxes, now if they just had a capable school board.

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1 month ago on 04/04/2017 at 4:45 PM

Time to lower those taxes!

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1 month ago on 04/04/2017 at 4:46 PM

Be prepared to lower those property values then. ;)

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1 month ago on 04/04/2017 at 5:23 PM

Didn't the schools all get lowered in rankings. 6 is similar to some inner city schools with about 1/10 of our property taxes

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1 month ago on 04/04/2017 at 5:24 PM

Were those "inner city" schools selective enrollment?

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1 month ago on 04/04/2017 at 5:38 PM

I know this isnt the point of the article or post, but thought I would mention I am a proud graduate of Waukegan High School. Yes, the disparity was obvious then just as it is now. I recall going to other high schools and being in awe of their facilities; I also recall the embarrassment when they came to our school and the insults they threw at us; kids came be mean. However, the experience I received at Waukegan High School was extremely valuable. I learned a lot about the world, diversity acceptance and to not measure people by the money or influence they have. Again, not the point but pretty proud of my school and believe I'm a better person for it.

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1 month ago on 04/04/2017 at 5:40 PM

Nope, regular neighborhood schools. not Lane or Whitney type

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1 month ago on 04/04/2017 at 5:44 PM

Interesting. Do you remember which ones they are or can you post a link?

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1 month ago on 04/04/2017 at 10:21 PM

Talman Elementary, Walsh Elementary, Grissom School. there were lots. Many with glowing reviews, where property values for homes are about 1/4

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1 month ago on 04/04/2017 at 10:24 PM

Link please.

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1 month ago on 04/04/2017 at 10:56 PM

There are many other suburbs with great schools where the taxes are lower than Park Ridge and many other states with great schools where the taxes are a fraction of what they are in Park Ridge, our taxes really are outrageously high. They have increased much faster than household income has. When you consider that most people only sell a home a few times in their life and then usually move the money and then some into a new home then property values are really more of a psychological feel good number than a measure of wealth because unless you sell your home, keep the cash and move into a cheaper home you never see any of that money. But when we have people who seem to think paying high taxes is a good thing then no wonder our taxes are what they are.

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1 month ago on 04/04/2017 at 11:03 PM

And when people leave Park Ridge for better schools? That effects property values. People leave Chicago for better schools all the time. The property values in Chicago are much less than here in Park Ridge. The property values around New Trier are much higher than Park Ridge. but so are the taxes.

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1 month ago on 04/04/2017 at 11:18 PM

You'd be surprised that you can get similar sized home in Wilmette feeding into New Trier for around 20% less property taxes than PR. And sorry to be blunt, MS is far from New Trier standard.

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1 month ago on 04/04/2017 at 11:28 PM

New Trier has a heck of a lot more money than MS

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