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Tax Payer bedtime story
• October 26, 2011
• By: Steve Balich
Once upon a time in beautiful Homer Glen, there was a retired man that was hired part time by a Home Owners Association to maintain the subdivision. His job paid $10 Hr. and consisted of making sure there was no trash on the street. He worked 2 hrs. per day, and since there was not much trash to pick up in the street, he expanded the scope on his own to the front lawns of the people in the sub-division. Everyone loved this guy, and saw a real value in what he was doing. There are 100 homes paying his salary so the $100 per week only cost each resident $1 per week.
Now this old guy likes working and the idea of everyone liking him. He tells the residents he would like to expand his duties to making sure the side walks are shoveled in the winter. These tasks are welcomed to be added to the old guy’s duties. His pay would now be increased 50 cents to $10.50 and he would be paid by the hour with a 2 hour guarantee each day. His base pay is now $105 per week, and after the first winter passed he logged 120 Hrs shoveling snow costing $1260. His pay with a small increase went from $5200 per year to $6720 or $1.30 per home per week. Some people were getting upset with the added costs, but still saw a value. The old guy going into his 3rd year of doing a great job asked the association for a raise of 50 cents which increased his pay to $11 per hr. Assuming he worked the same amount of time he now gets paid $7040 per year or $1.36 per home per week.
Taking the example of Government the old guy sees his chance to expand the scope of his duties by asking to increase his hours to include shoveling driveways for seniors that were unable to do it. The compassionate Residents agreed and after the first snow, the old guy found he did not have enough time to get all this work done so he asked the association to hire him a helper at $10 per hr. and give him a raise to 11.50 since he is now a supervisor. The home owners did not want to be mean spirited by not helping the seniors so it was agreed. The Old guy’s base is now $5980 plus 120Hrs shoveling snow giving him $7360 per year and his helper $1,200 per year or 1.65 per week per home.
Like any government employee who is doing a good job, they expect a raise which shows the association is happy with their job performance, so each employee is given an additional 50 cent per hour. The helper is angry because he is doing the same work as his supervisor and wants a bigger raise. There is hostility because the pay schedule is not fair. The helper comes to work angry, and does not work as hard. The Supervisor wants to get rid of the helper, but can’t come up with a substantial reason. The helper slips on the ice and sues the association for an injured back. The Insurance rate is increased and the Board of the association figures they will vote to terminate the position because it is getting to costly. Some residents are mad because they are now responsible to take care of their own property. Others are angry about the excessive cost they are expected to share. While others have no clue why they can’t afford to live there anymore, but feel forced to move to a cheaper neighborhood.
Steve Balich and Mike Fricilone Will County Board Members District 7 are hosting two seminars on the “Affordable Care Act, presented by the Will County Health Dept.
Homer Township Library 14320 W. 151st St. Homer Glen 10:30am to 12:30pm January 11th with individual concerns being addressed by appointment January 25th
Lockport Public Library 121 E. State, Lockport10:30am to 12:30pm January 18th with individual concerns being addressed by appointment February 1st.
Questions: Steve Balich 815 557-7196
Back in April 2013 Balich began trying to amend the building code in Will County to prevent the use of Aerial Photos to initiate building code violations. He felt it was a violation of privacy and violated 4th, 5th, and 14th Amendments to the Constitution as well as the Unalienable Rights granted in the Declaration of Independence . Over the months the language was changed many times, and it was discussed at length in various committees. Tuesday December 10th at a joint meeting of Land Use and the judicial Committee’s Balich pointed out that Illinois law allows for use of Aerial Photos according to the Will County States Attorney. Using Aerial Photos is legal, but just because it is legal does not mean they have to be used. Despite alleged use of Aerial Photos being used in code enforcement, Balich pointed out the land Use Director said Aerials are rarely used, making passage of the amendment into a check verifying Aerials will not be used to initiate code violations. Passing the amendment to chapter 43.14 of the Will County Code would put the Amendment as policy of the Board. It will go to Public Hearing in January then to a vote at the full County Board.
“County Personnel are prohibited from using aerial photography to initiate code violations for administrative adjudication enforcement proceedings.”
The 4th Amendment protects citizens from searches conducted without a warrant. The 5th Amendment prohibits the government from denying any citizen “life, liberty, or property without due process. The 14th Amendment says “… nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of the law. Local government generally gets their power from the State, therefore this also applies to local code inspectors. The Declaration of Independence states we have the right of life, liberty and pursuit of happiness (property) from God.
To Business Owners:
To help address the ongoing regional problem of business break-in’s in Will and Cook County, our Will County Sheriff’s team is again offering to visit any Homer Glen business that requests help in reviewing their safety and security measures. The Village of Homer Glen wants to help business owners be as safe and secure as possible.
The Will County Sheriff’s Office is ready to assist any business owner who would like to arrange for an onsite business visit from the Sheriff’s Office. The Sheriff’s Office can provide helpful information on how to make your place of business more secure against break-ins. Please feel free to contact the Will County Sheriff’s Substation in Homer Glen at 708-645-2512 or email Lt. Mark Fisch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As a regular precaution, all businesses should be diligent with their nightly cash deposits and not have cash onsite after business hours. Signs posted near registers and other visible locations (by rear doors, etc.) should make note that there is no cash in facilities after hours.
The Village of Homer Glen thanks the Homer Township Chamber of Commerce for helping to communicate this important message to business owners. We continue to encourage our business community to take advantage of this free offer from the Sherriff’s Office.