Byron Nuclear Plant Assessment Appeal

The Byron school district is taking a battle to the state. They're fighting for $2 million tax from the nuclear power plant.

The school district had the Exelon facility assessed at $472 million. That's $125 million higher than the Ogle County Board of Review decided it was worth just this month.

So on Thursday night the board of education decided to appeal that assessment. They're taking their case to the state property tax board. School board members say the current assessment is flawed and they have evidence to prove it. But they're already making a plan b, in case the state doesn't agree with them.

To make up for lost revenue, parents might have to pay higher fees when they register their kids for school. There could also be program cuts.

To avoid these cuts, school leaders are asking taxpayers for help. They will ask for a $0.30 property tax hike in a referendum this March.

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