OAK LAWN, IL — Homeowners and small business owners in Dist. 218, Dist. 229 and Dist 231 will see a decrease on their property tax bills due later this year thanks to a new state grant program aimed at providing relief to school districts in high-taxed areas. The aforementioned high school districts serve the communities of Alsip, Blue Island, Bridgeview, Calumet Park, Chicago Ridge, Crestwood, Evergreen Park, Hometown, Oak Lawn, Palos Heights, Robbins and Worth.

The Property Tax Relief Grant was a part of a historic school funding reform law that brought millions of dollars to school districts in dire need of funding. When the state sunset its General State Aid school funding calculation to include the new Evidence-Based Funding formula, a Property Tax Relief Grant program gained approval in the state legislature. The state allocated $50 million to the grant program in the first year. The grants are administered by the Illinois State Board of Education.