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Joe Walsh joins Steve Balich to get signatures for the Homer TWP. Property Tax Referendum

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Walsh Freedom & Steve Balich, want to make a difference in taxpayers lives
Radio Host & Former Congressman Joe Walsh is coming to Homer Township Saturday September 19th to make a difference in the lives of the people of Homer Township, getting signatures in support of the Property Tax Referendum initiated by Steve Balich (meeting at Mullets to go get signatures at 1pm and returning at 4pm for Pizza). Currently there is enough signatures to get on the ballot. The goal is 2000 signatures but 3000 would be better, to stand up to any challenges. Former Congressman Joe Walsh will help to finish the job making sure it is on the ballot.
Once this passes March 15, 2016, the people will be one step closer to taking back control of their government. The issue is not about Political Parties. It is a people issue benefiting every citizen. Raising Property Tax takes money from every family. If you rent, taxes go up, then so will your rent. When taxes go up so do prices you pay when buying things since business has more expense which will pass on to the consumer . Raising taxes increases the cost of doing business and our cost of living taking more of our hard earned cash.

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 Local 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

Balich against giving pay raises because of change in job title

Will County Forest Preserve District budget proposal includes pay raises
Published: Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015 5:03 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015 10:53 p.m. CDT

By LAUREN LEONE–CROSS – lleonecross@shawmedia.com
JOLIET — Amid staff cutbacks and added responsibilities, certain Forest Preserve District of Will County employees would receive two pay raises in less than a year under a draft budget proposal presented Wednesday to the district’s Finance Committee.

The $16.2 million operating budget presented Wednesday was balanced, but would use $600,000 in cash reserves. That balanced status is due to the district’s creation of an early retirement program. The district faced a $400,000 shortfall last year.

The proposed raises received pushback from some committee members, including Steve Balich, R-Homer Glen. He questioned whether pay increases are a good idea in light of last year’s shortfall and the state budget crisis.

“Everyone is trying to cut, and we’re saying, ‘What the hell, we’ll just give them a little more money?’” Balich said.

Balich and committee member Judy Ogalla, R-Monee, said they would like to see a cost analysis comparing the district’s expected savings from the early retirement program and proposed pay increases.

While additional job duties warrant raises, Ogalla said staff should keep in mind taxpayers are footing the bill.

“You hear it all the time. People complain all the time about how government grows and that government employees have great benefits. There’s nobody in this who’s going to deny that,” Ogalla said. “[Taxpayers] are the ones paying the bill and the majority of those people don’t get the benefits that everyone in this room does have.”

The first set of pay raises amounts to $199,720 — or 1.84 percent of the district’s $10.84 million personnel budget. John Gerl, the district’s finance director, said the district’s personnel costs total 67 percent of the overall operating budget. The increase applies only to those who have taken on additional job duties due to the district’s restructuring of departments and the early retirement program, Gerl said.

Some of the district’s 120 employees have retired, or will retire in the near future, and there are no plans to replace them. Over the next five years, the program is expected to save the district just over $2 million.

Union employees also are set to receive a contractual 2.75 percent wage increase in July 2016, totaling just over $30,000 for the district, including benefits. Staff recommended Wednesday to grant the same increase to non-union employees, totaling about $74,400.

Walsh Freedom, Steve Balich, & 46 volunteers gather signatutes

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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

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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

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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

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.

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

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.