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Call to action Saturday June 27,2015

Tax Referendum Flyer for Facebook
Saturday June 27, 2015 I am asking as you to make a difference by helping me get signatures for the Property Tax Referendum.
We will meet at 10:30 at the Speedway on 151st and Bell. I will give you a clip Board and petitions. Some of us can walk both sides of the street getting signatures. Others will get a voter list for the densest areas of Homer Township. We will meet back at Mullets Sports Bar at 3pm to turn everything in. We will have a notary there.
If you can’t make it, please get a few petitions completed and mail them to me: Steve Balich 12259 Derby Lane, Orland Park, Il. 60467.
Shall each taxing body located partially or wholly within Homer Township be required to seek voter approval by referendum prior to increasing its annual total property tax Levy? Yes or No
I am trying to make a difference and know you want to make a difference too. I believe property owners are fed up with the taxes, but feel like stopping increases in the Property Tax Levy is hopeless.
I believe we can make a difference by putting the question on the March 15, 2016 Presidential Primary Election. To accomplish this I need 2000 signatures. I need your help and your desire to make a difference. This is an advisory Referendum that sends a loud and clear message to the people we elect to office that we are fed up and not going to take it anymore.
If you Don’t Live in Homer Township passing this Referendum will inspire people in your Town to do the same as Homer.
Please pass this to your friends
Questions or to volunteer contact Steve Balich (815) 557-7196 sbalich@comcast.net

I thank each of you and know we will make a difference
Steve Balich

Balich hopes Homer Twp. vote deters tax hikes

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Balich hopes Homer Twp. vote deters tax hikes
By Susan DeMar Lafferty
Daily Southtown
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Will Co. Board member seeks no-tax-hike referendum on March 2016 Homer Township ballot
Will County Board member Steve Balich wants taxpayers to send a message to all taxing districts in Homer Township — people are against any property tax increase, no matter how small.

He’s collecting the required 2,000 signatures to place a nonbinding referendum on the March 2016 ballot that will ask voters, “Shall each taxing body located wholly or partially within Homer Township be required to seek voter approval by referendum prior to increasing its annual total property tax levy?”

“We want to tell taxing bodies that we are fed up. They have no respect for taxpayers,” Balich said, adding that the referendum outcome will “end the debate once and for all about property tax increases.”

He said local government spending plays the biggest role in whether property tax bills rise or fall because the governments boost their tax levy, the amount of revenue the district seeks to collect via the property tax.

“Candidates run for office and say they are against property tax increases,” Balich, R-Homer Glen, said. “They get elected and say the tax is only going up a little so the people won’t mind. They forget that a little is a lot when every taxing body raises taxes a little, and over time these yearly increases add up to quite a big amount.

“If people speak up loud and clear that they are fed up (by voting for this referendum plan) maybe elected officials will change their tune,” he said.

If a taxing district wants more money, it should only be able to raise taxes for a specific purpose by referendum and then end that tax increase when the money is not longer needed, according to Balich.

Taxing districts — such as counties, towns, townships and school, park, library and fire protection districts — are limited by the property tax cap, which allows an annual tax rate increase of no more than 5 percent or the Consumer Price Index, whichever is less. But Balich called the tax cap a “scam” because most taxing districts raise their rates up to the legal limit.

Taxpayers also have the right to address tax issues during tax levy hearings that local governments are required to conduct every year, but Balich said no one ever attends.

The referendum is way for people to “express their feelings” about property tax increases, he said, adding that if the Homer Township referendum measure succeeds, he hopes the anti-tax-hike movement will spread throughout the state.

“Once people see that it can pass, others will follow,” Balich said.

Will County’s preliminary home inspection code questioned

Will County’s preliminary home inspection code questioned
Published: Tuesday, May 12, 2015 5:33 p.m. CDT

By LAUREN LEONE–CROSS – lleonecross@shawmedia.com
JOLIET — Tom Joseph, a local watchdog for homeowners and real estate agents, is accusing Will County’s Land Use Department of conducting preliminary home inspections beyond the scope of individual permit applications — a practice he believes to be overreaching.

Will County’s preliminary home inspection code questioned
“If someone puts in (an application) for permit work, that’s the work that should be inspected,” said Joseph, who serves as the government affairs director for the Illinois Association of Realtors and the Three Rivers Realtors Association.

Joseph raised concerns earlier this spring to the Will County Board’s Land Use and Development Committee, saying the practice violates a homeowners’ fourth amendment rights.

“We don’t believe that’s the intent of the law,” he said.

But Will County Land Use Director Curt Paddock pushed back against the accusations Tuesday during a meeting of the Land Use and Development Committee. He pointed to the 2012 International Residential Code adopted by the County Board last year.

The code states that “before issuing a permit, the building official is authorized to examine or cause to be examined buildings, structures and sites for which an application has been filed.”

The department does not conduct inspections without the homeowners’ consent, he said.

If a code violation is “in plain sight” during a pre-inspection, the official has a right to cite it as a violation, he said. For example, if someone applies for a permit to put in a new water heater, he said, and the building official notices a live wire sparking while walking down the steps of the basement, that’s fair game.

“Their perspective is ‘You should have had blinders on,’” Paddock said.

At Tuesday’s meeting, committee member Steve Balich, R-Homer Glen, spoke out against the Land Use Department’s interpretation of the code.

“If someone comes and inspects my house, that’s one thing. But when I apply for a permit, the person should be allowed to only inspect what that was for and nothing else,” Balich said. “That’s way, way out of our boundaries.”

Paddock said during Tuesday’s meeting that there’s concern that the Land Use Department is conducting preliminary inspections “triggered by the current or proposed ‘for sale’ status of a property.”

“That’s simply not true,” he said, noting that the only condition triggering pre-inspections is a property owner’s permit application.

But Joseph alleges the department “on three occasions” attempted to or conducted pre-sale home inspections — a program not adopted by the county.

Alternatives were presented at the county’s Land Use and Development Committee Tuesday.

Balich initiates Referendum———-Shall each taxing body located partially or wholly within Homer Township, County of Will, State of Illinois, be required to seek voter approval by referendum prior to increasing its annual total Property Tax Levy?

By Steve Balich 815 557-7196

I am initiating this Referendum to ask the voters to end the debate once and for all about tax increases. Candidates run for office and say they are against property tax increases. They get elected and say the tax is only going up a little so the people won’t mind. They forget a little is a lot when every taxing body raises taxes a little, and over time these yearly increases add up to quite a big amount.

Do voters want their taxes raised based on the vote of 3 to 8 people on a Board?

Shall each taxing body located partially or wholly within Homer Township, County of Will, State of Illinois, be required to seek voter approval by referendum prior to increasing its annual total Property Tax Levy?

Local government spending plays the most significant role in whether or not your taxes increase or decrease. If taxing districts increase their spending, the tax rate will often increase to cover their expenditures. Therefore, even if your Property value goes down, your taxes can go up. Conversely, if taxing districts decrease spending, your property taxes may decrease even if your assessment goes up.

For example, suppose the Township decides they need $1 million in property taxes to operate for the year and the value of all the property in your community is $100 million. The property tax rate is calculated by dividing the amount of tax to be raised by the total value:
Money needed to operate/ Value of all the property in the Township= Tax Rate
$1 million/ $100 million = 1% tax rate
If money needed to operate increases the tax rate will increase. If spending decreases the tax rate will go down since the amount needed to operate is less.
If your property’s value is $100,000, your tax bill would be calculated by multiplying your value by your tax rate:
Value $100,000 x Rate 1% = Property Tax $1,000

If the amount of money requested by the Township to operate stays the same $100 million, and the overall value of your property increased from $100,000 to $125,000, your taxes would increase:
Value $125,000 x Rate 1% = Property Tax $1250

If the total value township property doubles from $100 to $200 million but the amount of money needed to operate stays the same, your tax rate would go down.
Total needed to operate/ total value of all property in Township= Tax Rate
$1 million/$200 million = 0.5 %

This is where the taxing districts say they are capturing the new growth. They raise the Tax Rate to capture a new $100 million in property value. In doing so they raise the tax on everyone.
Property Value $100,000 x Increased rate of 1% plus the original 1% (2%)= property tax $2000
When property values go up unless the rate drops, there will also be a tax increase. Home values are depressed right now and will eventually go up.
Therefore an increase in the Levy (property tax) raises the taxes for everyone in the Township.
If your tax rate increased from 1% to 2%, even if your Property value decreased from $200,000 to $195,000, your taxes would go up:
$195,000 x 2% = $3900 property tax
$200,000 X 1%= $2000 property tax
Foreclosures can cause property taxes to increase because they bring down the total value of the district. Less money to pay the cost of operation.

The township says if they don’t raise the taxes they lose the money forever. They are referring to the compound effect of raising taxes each year. By raising rates 1% every year in 5 years the Rate is 5%
2014 rate is 1%
2015 Rate increased 1% to 2%
2016 Rate increased 1% to 3%
2017 Rate increased 1% to 4%
2018 Rate increased 1% to 5%

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Will County to move on Capital Projects

April 17,2015

The last 2 years capital projects were discussed over and over. I heard costly consultants, and studies and listened to continued discussion on what the County could do to remedy the situation which gets worse the longer it is talked about without action. The Republicans took control of the Board in the 2014 election, allowing for new chairs of the committees, and a new leadership. It is clear that the Appointment of Mike Fricilone and Reagan Freitag ushered in the action that is needed to get these much needed projects started ASAP. They are not messing around with more expensive studies and Consultants. They are moving forward! They are doing their job. I am sure some will want to try to slow down the process, but rest assure the Citizens of Will County will not stand for more indecision, costly studies. The people want and deserve action.
Will County will get funds for a new courthouse from a variety of places including asking City of Joliet for $3 Million Dollars, since Joliet will benefit by the Court staying in Joliet. The cost of the Court House will be estimated at $175 Million according to Mike Fricilone, the County Finance Committee Chairman.
Ragan Freitag County Chairman of the Capital Improvement Committee, and Fricilone said Joliet needs to help make this happen in order for the Court to remain in downtown Joliet. They want to work with Joliet, and feel it is Joliet’s best interest to work with the County. County Board Members like Steve Balich agree with Freitag and Fricilone. Balich said “The idea of building new on an empty piece of land is also attractive and would provide a long term vision with a campus setting. The Structures could be built to the specific needs of the County with everything new.” If Joliet wants to partner, County Board Members including Balich would find that desirable. Ragan Freitag said we need Joliet to contribute if they want us downtown. Fricilone agreed saying The County could break ground quickly. There were no objections to the plan at the joint Finance and Capital improvement meeting.
Fricilone said we could get the necessary funds from The Court User Fee, $2.4 million in money from last years property tax increase, investment from Joilet, and the RTA fund. When asked about a Public Service Tax, he said we can move without it, but the Board could go to referendum later.

Fundraiser for Steve Balich June 16, 2015

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Fundraiser for Steve Balich Will County Board Dist. 7

Tuesday June 16th 6:30pm to 9:30pm
St. Dennis Church 1214 Hamilton Lockport IL. 40441

Music by Dave Molinari Includes Open Bar and Hors d’oeuvres

Honored Speakers
Chicago Blackhawks: Grant Mulvey, held the record for being the youngest player since expansion in 1967 to score an NHL goal, scoring his first goal at the age of 18 years, 32 days. He kept the record till October 3, 2013

State of Illinois Senate Minority Leader: Christine Radodgo

State of Illinois House Minority Leader: Jim Durkin

Speaker of the County Board: Jim Moustis

Las Vegas State Central Committeeman & Talk Radio Host : Pat Casale

Master of Ceremony: Dan Proft WIND Radio Host

Gold Sponsor $1,000 ________ Silver Sponsor$500_________ Bronze Sponsor $250________

Donations $35.00

Checks can be mailed to: Elect Balich 12259 Derby Lane, Orland Park, IL. 60467
(815) 557- 7196 WWW.ElectBalich.com Sbalich@Comcast.net

“A copy of our report filed with the State Board of Elections is (or will be) available on the Board’s official website (www.elections.il.gov) or for purchase from the State Board of Elections, Springfield, Illinois
Paid for By Elect Balich

Not guilty and you still must pay the storing and towing charge

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March 3, 2015 the Will County judicial Committee met. Legislation was brought forward for a $300 Administration Fee charged to individuals when their car is towed. Presently there is no Administrative fee, but there is a towing fee and a storage fee that must be paid by the individual regardless of the verdict in court. Therefore the Judge can find you not guilty and you still must pay the storing and towing charge. With this new legislation, the administrative fee can be returned to you if the Judge orders it, but the towing and storage charges are the individuals expense even when found not guilty. Nothing is changed accept adding an administrative fee.

As a member of the Judicial committee I spoke firmly against what I consider unethical, immoral, and just plain not fair. With a not guilty finding the Judge should be able to refund the towing fee, the storage fee, and the administrative fee. Just because cities charge these fees to people found not guilty does not make it right. It should be the Judge’s decision if the fees should be returned. Will County would then have to pay the towing and storage charges, and not collect the Administrative fee.

The Committee argued that the administrative fee may be too high putting a burden on people. I felt like they thought the towing and storage fees were just an acceptable part of the process. One member said it is just like getting a lawyer; the court doesn’t reimburse that cost. I explained that you can represent yourself at no cost, and there would be no fees if your car was not towed unjustly in the first place.

Steve Balich (815) 557-7196
Will County Board District 7

Will County Board Members Steve Balich and Mike Fricilone attended the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Recorder of Deeds and Coroner offices

me and Mike at opening of recorder of deeds & cororner office Jan 20 2015
Tuesday January 20th 2015, Will County Board Members Steve Balich and Mike Fricilone attended the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Recorder of Deeds and Coroner offices, 158 N. Scott St. Joliet, Il. began at 9am. Will County’s Larry Walsh, County Board Members: Jim Moustis, Deniese Winfrey, and Ragan Freitag, as well as Joliet Mayor Tom Giarrante spoke of all the work that went into getting the building opened. They expressed that Will County Government being located in downtown Joliet is what helps give the downtown life. The cost was partially funded from revenue from the county’s energy plant which operates at the county’s Prairie View landfill converting gas from the landfill into useful energy.
The building is energy efficient using led lights with dimmers that react with sunlight entering the room. There are 2 tankless water heaters which will also save energy. The Building has plenty of parking and is very easy to get to from I- 80 or Rt. 30. It is estimated that this building will save $250,000 in rent.

We have too many laws

I don’t understand the concept of making a new law when there is already on on the books. Despite not agreeing with letting a judgement call from the code enforcement officer be the determination of a violation, a light nuisance belongs in the nuisance law.

Democrats push unfunded mandate on Illinois Counties with SB0172/ Crushing cost / WHY?

1-14-2014 Me at Governors Forum 2

The State of Illinois Democrats, in an effort to expand voting; which has already expanded with extended hours, being open on weekends, early voting, absentee voting, and voting by mail passed SB0172. This forces Counties into a huge unfunded mandate in excess of 1 million to start for Will County. This bill was sponsored by Democrats with no concern to expense or need, and for what reason. Voting laws were changed last election for that election alone not to require ID to early vote. This was “Very Suspicious”, as to the integrity of the vote. At that time I wondered if we needed to ask Russia to monitor our election. Knowing that was a bad idea and would never happen I found myself relying on the honesty of the people that oversee the election process.
When voter machines showed up changing Republican votes to Democrat it was deemed an error. I could not figure out why the machines only broke in favor of Democrats. I understand the concept of early voting but feel there is too big a chance for fraud, and there is a huge cost attached to this effort. The State provides no funding because it is broke. Our State expects Counties to pick up the tab which means possibly being forced to raise taxes. There was ample opportunity to registrar, and vote in prior years. What changed? Why do we need to spend Millions to allow registration and voting on the same day at the polling places?

http://thewillcountynews.com/?p=2798 Video for Will County Clerk explaining crushing costs and vote integrity.

Sponsors for SB0172
Sen Don Harmon [D] Sen Kwame Raoul [D] Sen Terry Link [D] Sen Jacqueline Collins [D]
Sen Michael Frerichs [D] Sen Melinda Bush [D] Sen Michael Noland [D] Sen Emil Jones [D]
Sen Mattie Hunter [D] Sen Toi Hutchinson [D] Sen Patricia Vanpelt-Watkins [D] Sen Kimberly Lightford [D]
Rep Michael Madigan [D] Rep Barbara Currie [D] Rep Naomi Jakobsson [D] Rep Louis Lang [D]

Vote:
Sen. Pamela Althoff [R] Oppose
Sen. Jason Barickman [R] Oppose
Sen. Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant [D] Support
Sen. Daniel Biss [D] Support
Sen. Tim Bivins [R] Oppose
Sen. Bill Brady [R] Oppose
Sen. Melinda Bush [D] Support
Sen. James Clayborne [D] Support
Sen. Jacqueline Collins [D] Support
Sen. Michael Connelly [R] Oppose
Sen. John Cullerton [D] Support
Sen. Thomas Cullerton [D] Support
Sen. William Cunningham [D] Support
Sen. William Delgado [D] Support
Sen. Dan Duffy [R] Oppose
Sen. Gary Forby [D] Support
Sen. Michael Frerichs [D] Support
Sen. William Haine [D] Support
Sen. Don Harmon [D] Support
Sen. Napoleon Harris [D] Support
Sen. Michael Hastings [D] Support
Sen. Linda Holmes [D] Support
Sen. Mattie Hunter [D] Support
Sen. Toi Hutchinson [D] Support
Sen. Mike Jacobs [D] Support
Sen. Emil Jones [D] Support
Sen. David Koehler [D] Support
Sen. Dan Kotowski [D] Support
Sen. Darin LaHood [R] Oppose
Sen. Steven Landek [D] Support
Sen. Kimberly Lightford [D] Support
Sen. Terry Link [D] Support
Sen. David Luechtefeld [R] Not Voting
Sen. Andy Manar [D] Support
Sen. Iris Martinez [D] Support
Sen. William McCann [R] Oppose
Sen. Kyle McCarter [R] Oppose
Sen. Karen McConnaughay [R] Oppose
Sen. Pat McGuire [D] Support
Sen. Julie Morrison [D] Support
Sen. John Mulroe [D] Support
Sen. Antonio Munoz [D] Support
Sen. Matt Murphy [R] Oppose
Sen. Michael Noland [D] Support
Sen. Chris Nybo [R] Oppose
Sen. Jim Oberweis [R] Not Voting
Sen. Christine Radogno [R] Oppose
Sen. Kwame Raoul [D] Support
Sen. Susan Rezin [R] Oppose
Sen. Dale Righter [R] Oppose
Sen. Chapin Rose [R] Oppose
Sen. Martin Sandoval [D] Support
Sen. Ira Silverstein [D] Support
Sen. Steve Stadelman [D] Support
Sen. Heather Steans [D] Support
Sen. John Sullivan [D] Support
Sen. Dave Syverson [R] Oppose
Sen. Donne Trotter [D] Support
Sen. Patricia Vanpelt-Watkins [D] Support