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Walsh Freedom, Steve Balich, & 46 volunteers walk to make a difference in taxpayers lives
Radio Host, Political Activist, Former Congressman Joe Walsh came to Homer Township Sunday July 26th to make a difference in not only the lives of the people in Homer Township but those throughout the State of Illinois. Walsh Freedom walked door to door to get signatures in support of the Property Tax Referendum initiated by Steve Balich. There were 46 citizens from as far as Lake County joining with those from Will, and Dupage Counties. The group got 640 Signatures, putting the total number to Date at 1320. The Goal is 2000 signatures but 3000 would be icing on the cake. Former Congressman Joe Walsh will get with Steve Balich and do one more effort to finish the job getting it on the ballot. Balich indicated that there are local people getting signatures that have not turned them in yet. Balich is confident there will be enough signatures to get on the March 15th 2016 primary ballot.

This Referendum in Homer Township is just the beginning. Every Township, City, and County will have someone believe they can get this on the Ballot in their area. Once this passes others will follow. The people will be one step closer to taking back control of their government. The issue is not about Political Parties, rather it is a people issue benefiting every citizen. Does a Republican family suffer loss of income the same as a Democrat when Property Taxes are increased? Does the Senior on a fixed income care which political party raised their property tax? Does a struggling Business care which group is increasing their cost of doing business?

In a Representative Democracy citizens allow others, usually elected officials, to represent them in government processes including property tax increases. Although this is an Advisory Referendum, meaning the taxing Bodies can ignore the will of the people, it is the strongest statement citizens can make to these officials, clearly stating the will of the citizens. This is our opportunity to make a difference and make our voice heard. If a person on a Board goes contrary to the will of the people that person needs to be voted out.

The Petition for the march 15th Ballot reads 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 want to thank all the Volunteers, Walsh Freedom, Americans for Prosperity, and joe Walsh for all their help. We are getting close to the goal and will achieve it. God Bless everyone!
Steve Balich 815 557-7196 sbalich@comcast.net

http://thewillcountynews.com/?p=4503

Walsh Freedom, Steve Balich, & 46 Volunteers walk to make a difference in taxpayers lives

Homer Township Tax Referendum

Tax Referendum Walsh freedom for facebookMy name is Steve Balich. I have been advocating for elected officials to treat taxpayer money as it was their own for many years without many positive results. I hear people on the Boards say the tax increase is just a little money or people won’t mind because we are giving them something. What they forget is the fact that these Boards are giving you something using your money without asking you if you want it. The Homer Township Tax Referendum which will be on the March 15th 2015 Ballot if enough signatures are obtained, says we believe people in Homer Township should have a say in their Taxes. ( The Question on the Ballot: 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). This is not a Republican, Democrat, or Libertarian issue. It is a citizen and Business issue.
In a Representative Democracy citizens allow others, usually elected officials, to represent them in government processes. Although this is an Advisory Referendum, meaning the taxing Bodies can ignore the will of the people, it is the strongest statement citizens can make to these officials, clearly stating what the citizen’s want. This is your opportunity to make a difference and make your voice heard. If a person on a Board goes contrary to the will of the people that person needs to be voted out.
Steve Balich (815) 557-7196

Make a difference with your property tax

Tax Referendum Walsh freedom for facebook

Join Steve Balich & Joe Walsh
This is your opportunity to make a difference
Everyone has been complaining about their taxes for years, and feel helpless in doing anything about it. We believe HOMER TOWNSHIP residents should have a say in their property taxes.
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 / No
Help our petition gain the 3000 signatures needed to get on the ballot by walking with us.
Sunday July 26th 1pm meet at Tazza Restaurant 14065 S. Bell Homer Glen. Return for lunch with Joe Walsh and Steve Balich at 4pm.
Become involved: Walsh Freedom Barb@WalshFreedom.com (847) 804-2112
Steve Balich sbalich@comcast.net (815) 557-7196

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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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

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

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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