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Glenview, Deerfield property taxes on the upswing

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Joe Zekas

20 years on the North Shore without going native.

Deerfield Public Library, Deerfield, Illinois

Several weeks ago I was chatting with a friend, a Winnetka resident, who said she would never even consider living in neighboring Kenilworth. The reason? Kenilworth has no public library to speak of. It had never occurred to me, a lifelong book junkie, that some people would decide against a community on that basis. On reflection, I'm sure she's far from alone.

Deerfield residents apparently value their public library, since they recently approved a 20-year special tax to fund a library improvement plan. The special tax will cost the owner of a home valued at $500,000 an additional $89 a year.

In Glenview, home owners will see a 3.4% rise in the portion of their tax bill that funds Village operations.

Municipal taxes are, of course, only one component - often one of the smaller components of a property tax bill.

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