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Property Tax increase passed in Lame Duck secession of Will county Board

1-14-2014 Me at Governors Forum 2
All Democrats vote for Property Tax Increase with Will County Executive Breaking the tie/ all Republicans voted no in the Lame Duck secession 11/20/2014

Democrats try to give the perception that they are for the working class yet fight for tax increases every time. There has not been a tax the Democrats have not liked, and they are all ears to finding new ways to raise cash for a government that like a BEAST needs more and more nourishment. The Will County Board was split 13 to 13 with the deciding vote going to the Democrat County Executive Larry Walsh. The 2014 November election gave the majority back to the Republicans who will be take office in December. The Democrats still had control at the Lame Duck Secession with Executive Walsh’s vote. Democrats voted to raise the following Property Tax Levy’s:
1. Corporate Fund
2. FICA
3. IMRF
4. Tort Immunity Fund
5. Workman’s Comp Reserve Fund
6. TB Sanitarium Fund
7. County Highway Fund
8. County Bridge Fund
9. Federal Aid Matching Fund
Republican control begins in December. A time of Fiscal Responsibility will return to the Will County Board. Unlike Democrats who refer to the Property tax increase as just $5 to 10 Dollars, Republicans understand the increase coupled with the other property tax increases puts an increased burden on families. Will County Board Member Steve Balich said, “Obamacare cost for health insurance has increased with less coverage. It cost more for food, and other taxing bodies especially the schools keep raising our taxes, causing the disposable income of families to be less.” Walsh said in a Southtownstar article “For the average homeowner, the higher levy will mean paying $5.50 more per year in property tax. The levy increase includes $1.6 million more in the actual levy (a 1.5 percent increase in the Consumer Price Index) plus $1.3 million from new property.”

Before the vote, Republican board member Mike Fricilone (Republican) proposed cutting the budget $1.8 million, taken from the county’s capital improvements budget.

Republicans Jim Moustis and Steve Balich as well as a citizen from Tinley Park, pointed out that homeowners have seen property taxes continue to rise while home values go down.

“Balich said, “Everybody’s struggling right now. Any tax increase at this time is bad.”

Jim Moustis said “Will County is just one of many taxing districts in the county. This is death by a thousand cuts. Will County can go forward, in my opinion, and accomplish our goals without raising taxes. Property Tax is only about 1/3 of the total revenue sources.”

Chuck Maher saw no need to raise the budget with $100,000,000 in reserves and savings not included in the budget from re-financing Bonds at a lower rate. Contrary to a statement made by the Executives Chief of staff that Republicans said nothing in Committee; Balich said he asked to have 1cent cut from every line item during the finance committee meeting on the Budget.

Mike Fricilone said “As I stated at the Board meeting its time for the County to show some leadership and hold the line on tax increases so hopefully other taxing bodies, like the Schools, Fire Districts, Townships, Library’s etc. will take a cue from will county and stop over taxing the residents of Will county.”

In a Times Weekly Article Walsh said, “Republican Will County Board members didn’t just vote against the 2014-15 budget Thursday but against all 11 levies needed to fund county government after Dec. 1.” This action incensed Will County Executive Larry Walsh. As a resident of Will County I am incensed at this Property Tax increase and increases by the other taxing bodies. I can’t believe especially the schools need to have so much of my hard earned money to operate. District 33C in Homer Glen/Lockport cost $19,000 per student per year. The Fire Districts, Library, and the rest raise property Taxes to the max because they can. There is never an effort to cut the spending and taxes.

When asked, Mike Fricilone the Republican Caucus Whip said, “The intent was never to shut down the government.” Fricilone repeated that the County needs to take a leadership role in stopping over taxation by every taxing body.”

A gentleman from Tinley Park at the Board Meeting spoke in comments from the public saying when will it end. How long before I am taxed out of my house. These increasing taxes are un-sustainable.
http://thewillcountynews.com/?p=2342 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vwma0_nrzSw&list=UUAeFfS9qrEaDJKh9Ov5LmyA#t=6766

Democrats out vote Republicans in Lame Duck Secession of Will County Board

All Democrats vote for Property Tax Increase with Will County Executive Breaking the tie/ all Republicans voted no in the Lame Duck secession 11/20/2014

Democrats try to give the perception that they are for the working class yet fight for tax increases every time. There has not been a tax the Democrats have not liked, and they are all ears to finding new ways to raise cash for a government that like a BEAST needs more and more nourishment. The Will County Board was split 13 to 13 with the deciding vote going to the Democrat County Executive Larry Walsh. The 2014 November election gave the majority back to the Republicans who will be take office in December. The Democrats still had control at the Lame Duck Secession with Executive Walsh’s vote. Democrats voted to raise the following Property Tax Levy’s:
1. Corporate Fund
2. FICA
3. IMRF
4. Tort Immunity Fund
5. Workman’s Comp Reserve Fund
6. TB Sanitarium Fund
7. County Highway Fund
8. County Bridge Fund
9. Federal Aid Matching Fund
Republican control begins in December. A time of Fiscal Responsibility will return to the Will County Board. Unlike Democrats who refer to the Property tax increase as just $5 to 10 Dollars, Republicans understand the increase coupled with the other property tax increases puts an increased burden on families. Will County Board Member Steve Balich said, “Obamacare cost for health insurance has increased with less coverage. It cost more for food, and other taxing bodies especially the schools keep raising our taxes, causing the disposable income of families to be less.” Walsh said in a Southtownstar article “For the average homeowner, the higher levy will mean paying $5.50 more per year in property tax. The levy increase includes $1.6 million more in the actual levy (a 1.5 percent increase in the Consumer Price Index) plus $1.3 million from new property.”

Before the vote, Republican board member Mike Fricilone (Republican) proposed cutting the budget $1.8 million, taken from the county’s capital improvements budget.

Republicans Jim Moustis and Steve Balich as well as a citizen from Tinley Park, pointed out that homeowners have seen property taxes continue to rise while home values go down.

“Balich said, “Everybody’s struggling right now. Any tax increase at this time is bad.”

Jim Moustis said “Will County is just one of many taxing districts in the county. This is death by a thousand cuts. Will County can go forward, in my opinion, and accomplish our goals without raising taxes. Property Tax is only about 1/3 of the total revenue sources.”

Chuck Maher saw no need to raise the budget with $100,000,000 in reserves and savings not included in the budget from re-financing Bonds at a lower rate. Contrary to a statement made by the Executives Chief of staff that Republicans said nothing in Committee; Balich said he asked to have 1cent cut from every line item during the finance committee meeting on the Budget.

Mike Fricilone said “As I stated at the Board meeting its time for the County to show some leadership and hold the line on tax increases so hopefully other taxing bodies, like the Schools, Fire Districts, Townships, Library’s etc. will take a cue from will county and stop over taxing the residents of Will county.”

In a Times Weekly Article Walsh said, “Republican Will County Board members didn’t just vote against the 2014-15 budget Thursday but against all 11 levies needed to fund county government after Dec. 1.” This action incensed Will County Executive Larry Walsh. As a resident of Will County I am incensed at this Property Tax increase and increases by the other taxing bodies. I can’t believe especially the schools need to have so much of my hard earned money to operate. District 33C in Homer Glen/Lockport cost $19,000 per student per year. The Fire Districts, Library, and the rest raise property Taxes to the max because they can. There is never an effort to cut the spending and taxes.

When asked, Mike Fricilone the Republican Caucus Whip said, “The intent was never to shut down the government.” Fricilone repeated that the County needs to take a leadership role in stopping over taxation by every taxing body.”

A gentleman from Tinley Park at the Board Meeting spoke in comments from the public saying when will it end. How long before I am taxed out of my house. These increasing taxes are un-sustainable.
http://thewillcountynews.com/?p=2342 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vwma0_nrzSw&list=UUAeFfS9qrEaDJKh9Ov5LmyA#t=6766

Balich speaking against raising property tax

Tax bump, new superintendent in store for Homer Dist. 33
School board approves tax levy, receives list of superintendent finalists

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/suburbs/orland_park_homer_glen/ct-school-board-district-33-homer-ssw-tl-1226-20131220,0,5156786.story

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

1-14-2014 Me at Governors Forum 2

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.

Balich fights for Homer Township City of Lockport taxpayers

My name is Steve Balich. As candidate for Will County Board, I will represent you. I have a proven record fighting taxes. In 2006 I answered the call by taxpayers in Homer Township City of Lockport complaining about being taxed by Homer Road District who did none of the work and City of Lockport that did all the work. After spending extensive time at the Tax Extension Department at County I understood the tax raised by Homer Road Levy was split with City of Lockport, but City of Lockport did all the work. The other Townships in City of Lockport have the same situation getting tax money for doing nothing.
After forming a committee to address the problem, we were joined by Lockport Citizens for fair Taxation. Jack Jarrett, Myself, and Ron De Sando met with The Homer Road Commissioner who promised to address the problem. We met with City of Lockport Officials, and reported back to the Homer Township Board. By 2008 we realized that implementing an equitable fix would take State changes to the process, which went nowhere.
Today Mike De Vivo is the only Township Road Commissioner within the City of Lockport that returns substantial funds above the legal split to the City of Lockport. This does not directly help the taxpayers of Homer Township City of Lockport, but does at least lessen the tax burden on everyone in City of Lockport. The other Townships within City of Lockport need to follow the example of Homer Township. The other Township Road Districts in City of Lockport are getting Tax Dollars for doing nothing.
Remember you can early vote by calling the County and asking to have a ballot mailed to your home 815 740-4626 No reason is needed
Steve Balich 815 557-7196 www.electbalich.com

Who is Steve Balich?

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.

http://www.youtube.com/user/SteveBalich?feature=mhee#p/u/5/Y3zH2ImGuMU

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

Steve Balich making a difference on taxes

My name is Steve Balich. I want to represent you on the Will County Board. I have a proven record of fighting taxes. In 2006 I answered the call by taxpayers in Homer Township City of Lockport complaining about being taxed by Homer Road District who did none of the work and City of Lockport that did all the work. After spending extensive time at the Tax Extension Department at County I understood the tax raised by Homer Road Levy was split with City of Lockport, but City of Lockport did all the work. The other Townships in City of Lockport have the same situation getting tax money for doing nothing.
After forming a committee to address the problem, we were joined by Lockport Citizens for fair Taxation Jack Jarrett, myself, and Ron De Sando met with The Homer Road Commissioner, Mike De Vivo, who promised to address the problem. We met with City of Lockport Officials, and reported back to the Homer Township Board. By 2008 we realized that implementing an equitable fix would take State changes to the process, which went nowhere.
Today Mike De Vivo is the only Township Road Commissioner within the City of Lockport that returns substantial funds above the legal split to the City of Lockport. This does not directly help the taxpayers of Homer Township City of Lockport, but does at least lessen the tax burden on everyone in City of Lockport. The other Townships within City of Lockport need to follow the example of Homer Township. The other Township Road Districts in City of Lockport are getting Tax Dollars for doing nothing.
Remember you can early vote by calling the County and asking to have a ballot mailed to your home 815 740-4626 No reason is needed
Steve Balich 815 557-7196 www.electbalich.com

The budget in plain English

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!

The rest of the story

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 hurting our families

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