Someone posted a link to ballotpedia’s entry for Wheaton-Warrenville CUDS 200 on social media. I took a look. There is some nice historical data there.
If you have lived in CUSD 200 for two decades or longer, and “feel” like school taxes have gone up faster than inflation, you have good reason.
Using a US inflation calculator https://www.usinflationcalculator.com/ to determine what we should expect if revenue, expenses and debt went up with inflation, we find it all went up significantly faster:
Note: Debt & Gov. Payments is “payments to state and local governments and interest on school system debt”
The number of students in the district does not account for this large budget growth.
From the CUSD 200 Demographic Trends and Enrollment Projections, June 2017 report by John D. Kasarda, Ph.D., in 1993 the total enrollment in D200 was 12,383. Enrollment peaked in 2003 at 14,314. In 2013 it was at 13,243 and in 2017 had dropped to 12,642.