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School District Fights Will County Over Nuke Plant Taxes

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A Will County school district says it planning to cut programs and staff.

This comes after a high-stakes property tax fight.

Chicago Public Radio’s Shawn Allee reports.

Reed-Custer schools fought Will County over the value of Exelon’s Braidwood nuclear power station.

The county valued it 200 million dollars less than the schools’ estimate, so the district will get six million dollars less in taxes than it expected.

The plants repeatedly leaked radioactive water, or tritium, over the past decade.

The government says there was no health threat, but schools operations director James King says the low assessment rewards the plant’s behavior.

James King:
Do all the home owners and the all the property owners in the area of the Braidwood nuclear power plant get a break on their taxes this year? If there’s a negative impact because of the tritium leak, then it would appear to affect everyone, and I doubt everyone else’s property taxes went down.

Will County officials say area home values remain steady and tritium leaks had little effect on the plant’s final assessment.

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