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Tax bump, new superintendent in store for Homer Dist. 33
School board approves tax levy, receives list of superintendent finalists
Will County Board member Steve Balich wields an oversized tax bill on a placard as he addresses the school board in Homer Community School District 33C on Dec. 17. Balich was one of a handful of residents to oppose an increase in the district’s property tax levy. (Patrick Guinane, Special to the Tribune / December 20, 2013)
By Patrick Guinane, Special to the Tribune
12:52 p.m. CST, December 20, 2013
Slightly higher taxes and a new superintendent are in store for Homer Community School District 33C.
The school board got an earful from several residents Dec. 17 before backing a higher property tax levy that is expected to cost the average homeowner about $50 more next year.
Board members later held a closed session to receive a confidential list of six candidates to replace longtime Superintendent J. Michael Morrow, who is retiring in July. School Exec Connect, which received a $16,500 contract to lead the hunt, chose the finalists.
“We were really happy,” board President Angela Adolf said. “They told us we had 45 applicants. They personally interviewed 21 and narrowed that field down to the six that they presented.”
The list is being kept under wraps to protect the finalists’ current jobs, Adolf said. All of the candidates are relatively local, she said, but declined to say whether any District 33C employee made the list.
The board now will schedule private interviews with the finalists with the goal of finalizing a contract and announcing the next superintendent on Jan. 28. Morrow, who has said he wants to spend more time with his grandchildren, is being paid about $182,000 in the final year of his second three-year contract.
The next superintendent can expect some fiscal certainty as the board voted 6-0, with member Cindy Polke absent, to raise the property tax levy by 4.9 percent. The tax hike sounds like a bigger bite than it really is, stressed John Lavelle, the assistant superintendent for business.
A state tax cap will limit the district’s increase to inflation – 1.7 percent this year – plus new property growth, Lavelle said. The estimated revenue boost is 2.5 percent, or $1 million.
Assuming property values fall 5 percent, the owner of a $295,000 home would pay $3,585 to the district next year, an increase of $53. For a few audience members, including retirees who urged spending cuts, any increase was too much.
Steve Balich, a Will County board member, brought a placard emblazoned with an oversized tax bill to drive home his point.
“This is a tax bill. It’s big, and it’s getting bigger because every (taxing) district, every local board in our township except the library is raising your taxes,” he said. “The school district, this one, is raising it the most.”
The district relies on property taxes for 80 percent of its funding, Lavelle noted, and homeowners bear the brunt because area real estate is 90 percent residential and just 8 percent commercial. Meanwhile, 84 percent of the district’s operating budget is negotiated employee salaries and benefits. That, board members say, makes cutting the budget difficult.
“Nobody wants to raise taxes,” board member Patrick Dwyer said. “We want to make sure we have the funding for the kids.”
Lavelle said the district has done it best to curb costs through efforts such as installing more efficient heating, plumbing and lighting; pursuing state grants and keeping buses for seven years instead of five. Some parents, meanwhile, would like to see the district shell out for more.
“The voice that we have here tonight is the taxpayers who don’t want it increased. I understand that, I’m a taxpayer, too,” said board member Ed Campins. “But I’m also receiving a lot of emails saying: Why don’t our schools have full day kindergarten? Find new money for that. Why don’t our schools have world-class art programs?'”
Balich Ordinance not allowing aerial photos to initiate code violations is now law after Executive Order by County Executive
Balich Ordinance not allowing aerial photos to initiate code violations is now law after Executive Order by County Executive
The process addressing use of aerial photos in code violations began in April 2013 when Balich first brought a Resolution to the Legislative Committee. Balich said he was having trouble getting it to the right Committee. The issue was moving from Land Use to Judicial with not much happening. Balich eventually decided to move it forward as a change to the ordinance which required a public hearing and a full vote of the County Board. After playing ring around the Committees for a few Months moving from Judicial to Land Use to Executive and finally to a joint meeting of Land Use and Judicial in December 2013, it passed and was to be set for public hearing. Finally May 6th 2014 there was a public hearing, and immediately after the hearing the Judicial Committee voted it down. This was a shock for Balich who thought it would pass with no problem. It was dead as far as Reed Bible, Tom Weigel, Ken Harris, and Jacky Traynere were concerned. Balich said it is not over, he was not giving up. He said this is a people issue and could not understand why the Democrats and Weigel did not get it.
At the May 13th Executive Committee Jim Moustis motioned to put it back on the Agenda, for a vote of the full board. Reed Bible and Herb Brooks voted no the rest of the Committee voted yes giving the ordinance new life with a vote of the full Board. Jim Moustis made the valid point that 4 people from a committee should not have the power to kill an issue. Mr. Moustis also pointed out that anything can be added to the County Board Agenda by the Executive Committee. Balich was confident there were enough votes to pass from the full Board.May 14th the County Executive passed an Executive Order, putting Balich’s ordinance into law before the vote of the full Board. Balich is extremely pleased with Walsh’s decision standing for the people of Will County.
Executive Order 14-30
Aerial Photography Prohibited
Lawrence M. Walsh, will County Executive, hereby prohibits the Land Use Department and its personnel from using aerial photography to initiate an internal Land Use complaint of an ordinance violation. Dated May 14, 2014 and signed by Will Vounty Executive Lawrence M. Walsh.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rhfvw22pCVM&feature=related Adam Andrzejewski former Republican Candidate for Governor Said Steve Balich is a tremendous Candidate
http://www.youtube.com/user/SteveBalich?feature=mhee#p/u/4/R6mri_Rffuk Bill BradyRepublican Candidate for Governor 2010 said No one is more enthuastic with the ability to lead and bring people together than Steve Balich
http://www.youtube.com/user/SteveBalich?feature=mhee#p/u/3/82Xh4GHPWnI State Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno Said Steve is a supporter of Smaller, efficient, and More Responsible government . He is a good man and do a good job at whatever office he gets into.
Dan Proft Republican Candidate for governor and WLS Radio Host said he was Chris Christy before it was cool. He has common sense and is straight forward. Steve knows what is right thing to do is, and is willing to fight for it as he has demonstrated. Steve is somebody you want on Will county board or any other Board for that matter.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=frFkCW2kAR4&feature=related Jack Roser renaissance pack, Family taxpayers Network, Champion News said we need to support Steve Balich
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CCJuDLT9LsE Tim Kraulidis Joliet Taxday Tea Party, will County Tea Party Alliance said We are going to support Steve through the end.
http://www.myfoxchicago.com/dpp/news/metro/steve-balich-mark-witte-discuss-possible-debt-ceiling-20110602 Steve Balich on Fox TV said we need to get our spending, regulations,and taxes under control. We need Jobs. We can’t Borrow money we don’t have to give away.
http: www.myfoxchicago.com/dpp/good_day/english-only-township-homer-rule-steve-balich-20100719 Steve Balich on Fox TV stands for the Rule of Law regarding immigration
https://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=10150253381215573&ref=mf Steve Balich speaking at Americans for Prosperity “November is Coming” rally. Says we can win by getting out our voters.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1snOPHjgDaQ Steve Balich at Crunch Time Rally with Governor Bobby Jindal, Governor Haley Barbour, Governor Bob Mc Donald, and Republican candidate for Governor Bill Brady
Steve Balich on Champion News talks about How and why he got involved with the Tea party. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NvuFuGrNFJQ
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=enK07Yv9k58&feature=related Balich says we need to stand for traditional America. Character matters.
http://www.myfoxchicago.com/dpp/news/democrat-tea-party-steve-balich-dan-seals-obama-state-of-the-union-20110125 Steve Balich on Fox TV said government needs to stop raiding the social security fund. Actions speak louder than words.
http://www.beyondthebeltway.com/ April 17th, 2011 Steve Balich on Bruce Du Mont’s Belt Way Boys discussing the Republican field against Obama said Tea Party people like Candidates “to say it like it is”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zSEgA8L_yQg Steve Balich Addressing H.S. District 205 School Board asking them not to raise the Levy.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&feature=endscreen&v=1uFnEFLSgsc Steve Balich asks School district 92 not to raise the Levy.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PopFVwGab7c Steve Balich tells it like it is at April 15, 2011 Tea Party Rally
“I have known Steve Balich since we attended high school together. Two of Steve’s most endearing qualities are his honest frankness about what he believes and his unflinching loyalty to things that truly matter. Over the years his loyalty to family, faith and freedom has prepared him for public life. I look forward to Steve’s success in the upcoming election and his continued advocacy on behalf of all taxpayers.”
Senator Pat O’Malley
“Steve is committed to the free market principles of less government, fewer taxes and more personal freedoms. Steve’s tireless work to educate and empower citizens in his community to become engaged in the political process has forced local, state and federal elected officials to become more responsible and accountable to the tax payers. I had the pleasure to partner with Steve and his grassroots supporters on countless efforts to hold elected officials accountable for how they spend our tax dollars at all levels of government. Steve’s passion and dedication to public service is inspiring and reflective of his true character. It is for these reasons and more that I support Steve Balich for Will County Board.”
Joe Calimino, Former State Chairman for Americans for Prosperity
Steve Balich is the type of person that needs to migrate to a leadership position. Steve has the drive, the people skills, the backbone that cuts through all the BS and gets results! Illinois needs a positive leadership example, so we can clean up this broken mess.
Steve Weber, CPA
Will County Treasurer
This came to me from a good friend. I have been saying we need to get back to living within our means. I said it is absurd to raise the debt ceiling. There is only so much that can be borrowed, taxed, and spent before we become like a third world nation or less.
The budget explained in plain English
Awesome way to simplify things so everyone can understand them
United States tax revenue……………………………………………… $2,170,000,000,000.00
Federal budget……………………………………………………………. $3,820,000,000,000.00
New debt…………………………………………………………………… $1,650,000,000,000.00
National debt………………………………………………………………. $14,271,000,000,000.00
Recent budget cuts………………………………………………………. $38,500,000,000.00
Now let’s remove 8 “zeros” and make this a household budget
Annual Family Income…………………………………………………… $21,700.00
Money the family spent………………………………………………….. $38,200.00
New debt on credit cards………………………………………………… $16,500.00
Outstanding balance on credit cards………………………………….. $142,710.00
Recent budget cuts [which politicians brag about]…………………. $385.00
This is insane. How could a family with 142,710 in debt with an annual income of
21,700 and new debt of 16,500 be happy about saving $385.00? They can’t!
My name is Steve Balich. As a Homer Township Trustee for 8 years, I voted to increase the Levy in order to capture “New Growth”. I did not understand the levy process until 2009 when I attended training from the tea party. I now know that boards can levy for no increase and still get the new growth in about 1 ½ years. I now know that increasing the levy dollars increases the tax on everyone. The Rates are just part of the levy formula which determines the money needed by each taxpayer to get the dollars needed form the levy. Your assessed value goes down, and the rate goes up to get to the necessary dollar amount needed by the taxing bodies in their Levy.
In October/ November of 2008 before Obama became President, I voted to increase the salaries of the new board to be elected in April of 2009 as required by law. The New Board after the election had 4 completely new people, and 2 people at new positions. At the time of the vote the economy was not in the depression it is now. As the current Clerk I hold an administrative position. I have not voted since I took office May 2009. I do see Supervisor Meyers, Trustees: Bozen, Neitzke, Sowa, and Kruczek as doing what it takes to spend wisely. This board is working with about the same levy amounts for the last 3 years.
In around 2007 I worked with Mike Costa, and Jim Lamatta to find a way to fix the over taxation of residents of Homer Township City of Lockport concerning the Road District Levy. We were later joined by Jack Jarrett from Lockport citizens for fair taxation. Today through intergovernmental agreements, the Homer Road District gives City of Lockport substantial funds in an effort to fix some of the in inequity in the levy. The other Townships in City of Lockport do nothing to help remedy this inequity and that’s wrong.
In around 2007 the Supreme Court said government could take from a private person and give it to another private entity if it benefited government. I saw this as an attack on personal property rights, and feared the capping of wells, so I brought a resolution by Gary Yambor which was passed by the Board saying we won’t have it in Homer Township. In 2009 I wrote a resolution which passed our current board saying English is the official Language of the Township, existing immigration laws will be enforced, and schools will verify residency.
In 2009 I called Vivienne Porter and asked her to help form the Homer Lockport Tea Party. Together with our members, we became one of the top Tea Party’s in Illinois. We have held numerous rallies; conceal carry classes, town halls, and monthly educational meetings. We encourage people to get involved and even run for office. We have been going to local boards telling them not to get “raise my tax itis”, in an effort to stop them from raising the levy. With 70% of property tax going to 3 school districts, we started with the schools.
I am called a tea party nut by some, and taken to task by others for my conservative positions. I have got behind candidates that did a good job and made the mistake of backing a few that didn’t do such a good job. I am not afraid of standing firm for what I believe, and admitting when I am wrong. Bottom line is; I will to do what is right, in the best interest of everyone in the Community, to the best of my ability, with the help of God. www.electbalich.com http://www.examiner.com/will-county-libertarian-in-chicago/steve-balich https://www.facebook.com/ElectBalich
Stop the local taxing board’s disease raise my tax-itis
My name is Steve Balich, and I say no more, the taxpayers have had enough with local Boards raising their Levy’s (property tax). November 21st about 60 people showed up to the Lockport H.S. School Board meeting. The people understand that increasing the levy makes their property tax go up. Local school, fire, library, etc. boards think they need to raise taxes to the max allowed every year. These elected board members forget they represent the people paying taxes in their Districts.
When all these boards raise their portion of your tax bill just a little, it adds up to a substantial amount of increased money on the property tax bill. On a $5000 tax bill, a 3% yearly increase equals $466 more in 3 years.
Increased taxes is forcing people who have lost income, jobs, or on fixed income into a position where they have to sell their home or face foreclosure, or a tax sale. The schools give raises saying it is for the children. School Boards expect taxpayers to believe that paying a larger salary will make our children learn more. They refuse to recognize that increased taxes force children of families that can’t afford the increases out of the school district, and their families to do with less. Every dollar paid in tax is a dollar less for food, clothes, and other family necessities.
Taxpayers need to remember they have the power to remedy the situation by voting out any board member who votes to raise property tax without a extremely good reason. Government needs to cut spending and stop expanding in this time of economic crisis. Taxpayers should also consider running for a position on these local boards, as well as attending their meetings.
Steve Balich 815 557-7196
This article if neither positive or negative, but forgets to mention that we passed out flyers to sign up for our Utah conceal carry class. Never mentions that we have held 3 classes to be licensed to carry concealed. The meeting did not get out of hand, we discussed conceal carry in an orderly fashion for about a half hour, then went on to the fiscal issues. Everyone was respectful. My position is that I believe both open and concealed carry are my right. The second amendment is clear. We have the right to bear arms.
The Tea Party is a widely used term associated with a group of fiscal conservative people that believe in the Constitution, Capitalism, and what used to be Traditional America. It is a bottom up organization with no one leader. Most groups have organizers, but they are not elected. There are thousands of Tea Party groups all over the United States. The important thing to remember is that they answer to their group, not National self appointed leaders from groups like: Tea Party Patriots, Tea Party Express, and Tea Party Nation. I am an organizer for Homer Lockport Tea Party, and Will County Tea Party Alliance. Like most Tea Party groups, we are not part of any National Group, but have no problem with them.
Sarah Palin had it right when she said there is no leader of the Tea Parties. This is important because when the Media says the Tea Party is for or against certain candidates or issues, it is unsubstantiated. No National Group speaks for all Tea Parties! Each Tea Party has a unique personality. Our Group believes in engaging the system by education of voters, encouraging members to actively help candidates they like, and considering a personal run for office. Our group endorsed candidates by voting at one of our meetings, and by an online straw pole. Other Groups did not endorse any candidates. When we held our Governors debate we invited all the candidates. We invited all congressional candidates in our districts to the Congressional debate. We believe everyone needs to hear what each candidate has to say about the issues. We believe in action, and education to achieve positive change.
When media uses the Tea Party term we need to ask where the statement that follows came from, and why they are saying it.
I am motivated to be on the Will County Board to make sure fiscal conservatism is part of the newly re-districted Board. Presently I am the elected Homer Township Clerk and served 2 terms as Trustee. I have plenty of accomplishments and experience, which is available on www.electbalich.com. Most importantly I stand firm for the principals of less Government, less regulation, and taking less of your money in taxes. Business is hampered by excessive regulation, and “we the people” just can’t afford more of our wages to be taken for the various taxing bodies. The tipping point has been reached, with Chicago politics extending into Will County. They are taking over politically with the new re-districting. Try to think of a State or Federal elected official that will come from Will County. The “Spreading of wealth,” increasing taxes in Cook County caused an exodus of people and business to our conservative County. We became the target of Chicago. Chicago thinks we should pay for their failed systems, like RTA, and Chicago Public Schools. Chicago has a lawsuit against Channahon and Kankakee for stealing Chicago’s sales tax by taxing goods and services at the point of sale. http://www.examiner.com/will-county-libertarian-in-chicago/will-county-pays-for-failed-chicago-system
I am a Tea Party Conservative Republican, but find plenty of support from numerous Democrats, Libertarians, and Independent voters because they are hurt the same as everyone else by excessive regulation, increased taxes, and the assault of Chicago on Will County. I am not afraid to stand firm against any injustice imposed on us. I believe that our rights come from God, and in this economic recession/depression we need to try to maintain with what we have, and pray God helps us out of this economic disarray.
From Beautiful Homer Glen, I just finished reading an email from Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal. He is angry at the stupidity coming from our elected people in Washington. It is a small world when it comes to how Homer Glen is affected the sane as a faraway State like Louisiana when it comes to waste, spending, and debt forced on an unwilling people. Read more on Will County Examiner article http://www.examiner.com/will-county-libertarian-in-chicago/bobby-jindal-gets-it People who produce are not willing to accept the idiotic notion that we should borrow money to give to people, governments, and programs that will never pay it back and demand more. It is nice to be charitable but stupid to borrow money to do it. http://www.examiner.com/will-county-libertarian-in-chicago/don-t-laugh-at-sentelli What on earth is Obama thinking? I know he believes in the socialist model, but the man can’t be walking with his eyes closed. The Progressives are even worse, going along with this foolishness, they are simply afraid of braking rank with their President and doing what is right. Some Republicans are in that mix and should be even more ashamed, because we sent then to do a job and they are failing us. If those people in Washington did their family budget like they do the countries, they would be trying to collect food stamps, free medical and other government programs which they would not qualify for because they make too much money. They would be asked why they earn 1,000,000 plus per year and only have increasing credit card balances to show for it.