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1    AN ACT concerning education.
2    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
4    Section 5. The School Code is amended by changing Section
534-53 as follows:
6    (105 ILCS 5/34-53)  (from Ch. 122, par. 34-53)
7    Sec. 34-53. Tax levies; Purpose; Rates. For the purpose of
8establishing and supporting free schools for not fewer than 9
9months in each year and defraying their expenses the board may
10levy annually, upon all taxable property of such district for
11educational purposes a tax for the fiscal years 1996 and each
12succeeding fiscal year at a rate of not to exceed the sum of
13(i) 2.81% 3.07% (or such other rate as may be set by law
14independent of the rate difference described in (ii) below) and
15(ii) the difference between .50% and the rate per cent of taxes
16extended for a School Finance Authority organized under Article
1734A of the School Code, for the calendar year in which the
18applicable fiscal year of the board begins as determined by the
19county clerk and certified to the board pursuant to Section
2018-110 of the Property Tax Code, of the value as equalized or
21assessed by the Department of Revenue for the year in which
22such levy is made.
23    For fiscal year 2016 and each succeeding fiscal year, for



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1the purpose of making an employer contribution to the Public
2School Teachers' Pension and Retirement Fund of Chicago, the
3board shall levy annually, upon all taxable property located
4within the district, a tax at the rate of 0.26%. The proceeds
5from this additional tax shall be paid directly to the Pension
6Fund. The changes made to this Section by this amendatory Act
7of the 99th General Assembly: (1) do not authorize an increase
8in the district's maximum aggregate extension or limiting rate
9under the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law; and (2)
10constitute a continuation of the existing total maximum rate
11under this Section and are not a new rate for the purposes of
12the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law.
13     Nothing in this amendatory Act of 1995 shall in any way
14impair or restrict the levy or extension of taxes pursuant to
15any tax levies for any purposes of the board lawfully made
16prior to the adoption of this amendatory Act of 1995.
17    Notwithstanding any other provision of this Code and in
18addition to any other methods provided for increasing the tax
19rate the board may, by proper resolution, cause a proposition
20to increase the annual tax rate for educational purposes to be
21submitted to the voters of such district at any general or
22special election. The maximum rate for educational purposes
23shall not exceed 4.00%. The election called for such purpose
24shall be governed by Article 9 of this Act. If at such election
25a majority of the votes cast on the proposition is in favor
26thereof, the Board of Education may thereafter until such



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1authority is revoked in a like manner, levy annually the tax so
3    For purposes of this Article, educational purposes for
4fiscal years beginning in 1995 and each subsequent year shall
5also include, but not be limited to, in addition to those
6purposes authorized before this amendatory Act of 1995,
7constructing, acquiring, leasing (other than from the Public
8Building Commission of Chicago), operating, maintaining,
9improving, repairing, and renovating land, buildings,
10furnishings, and equipment for school houses and buildings, and
11related incidental expenses, and provision of special
12education, furnishing free textbooks and instructional aids
13and school supplies, establishing, equipping, maintaining, and
14operating supervised playgrounds under the control of the
15board, school extracurricular activities, and stadia, social
16center, and summer swimming pool programs open to the public in
17connection with any public school; making an employer
18contribution to the Public School Teachers' Pension and
19Retirement Fund as required by Section 17-129 of the Illinois
20Pension Code; and providing an agricultural science school,
21including site development and improvements, maintenance
22repairs, and supplies. Educational purposes also includes
23student transportation expenses.
24    All collections of all taxes levied for fiscal years ending
25before 1996 under this Section or under Sections 34-53.2,
2634-53.3, 34-58, 34-60, or 34-62 of this Article as in effect



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1prior to this amendatory Act of 1995 may be used for any
2educational purposes as defined by this amendatory Act of 1995
3and need not be used for the particular purposes for which they
4were levied. The levy and extension of taxes pursuant to this
5Section as amended by this amendatory Act of 1995 shall not
6constitute a new or increased tax rate within the meaning of
7the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law or the One-year
8Property Tax Extension Limitation Law.
9    The rate at which taxes may be levied for the fiscal year
10beginning September 1, 1996, for educational purposes shall be
11the full rate authorized by this Section for such taxes for
12fiscal years ending after 1995.
13(Source: P.A. 88-511; 88-670, eff. 12-2-94; 89-15, eff.
15    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
16becoming law.