In order to do an apples to apples comparison of education tax rates, we need to look at how much each community is paying in taxes to support K-12 education.  For dual districts, this means looking at the combined tax rate for both the elementary district and high school district.

In a community that has a separate high school district and elementary district, the high school tax rate should be about half the elementary tax rate.  This is reflected in the General State Aid formula that "assumes" that high schools should have a minimum tax rate of 1.05 and elementary school districts should have a minimum tax rate of 2.30. 

In some communities, the tax rates for the high school and elementary districts do not follow that ratio and that results in a disproportionate amount of funding going to the high school district.  Below is an example of the problem this causes.

Below is a listing of communities that currently have the highest K-12 tax rates in the State.