PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTION GRANTED TO KEYSTONE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

 

PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTION GRANTED TO KEYSTONE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

Department of Revenue Validates Case against Village of River Forest

RIVER FOREST, IL – Monday, December 3 – The Illinois Department of Revenue determined that Keystone Montessori School meets the exemption qualifications necessary to receive a 100 percent property tax exemption for the 2017 assessment year, meaning they will no longer be required to pay real estate taxes to the Village of River Forest, which had previously drafted and entered into an unconstitutional contract with Keystone compelling them to do so.

“The Department of Revenue has granted Keystone Montessori School a full real estate exemption for 2017. In so doing, they recognized all schools are tax exempt by law. Now that The Department has ruled that River Forest has been acting illegally, we hope it will cooperate with, rather than litigate against, a school which has been saving local tax payers about $300,000 per year in public education costs.” said John Mauck, attorney at Mauck & Baker, the firm that is representing Keystone.

Vicki Shea, the director of Keystone said, “We are very pleased by the ruling of the Department. Now we can project a budget surplus and be confident that Keystone Montessori will continue to serve the students, parents, and taxpayers of River Forest in the best way possible.”

Although Illinois law clearly states that schools are exempt from property taxes, the Village of River Forest has required Keystone to pay more than $1.1 million in taxes over the last 20 years. Out of four private nonprofit schools in the Village of River Forest, Keystone was the only one without a property tax exemption.

Exemption Certificate                                                                                   ####