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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%
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 Will County Board Dist. 7
Tuesday June 16th 6:30pm to 9:30pm
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State of Illinois Senate Minority Leader: Christine Radodgo
State of Illinois House Minority Leader: Jim Durkin
Speaker of the County Board: Jim Moustis
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Will County Board Members Steve Balich and Mike Fricilone attended the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Recorder of Deeds and Coroner offices
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.
I don’t understand the concept of making a new law when there is already on on the books. Despite not agreeing with letting a judgement call from the code enforcement officer be the determination of a violation, a light nuisance belongs in the nuisance law.
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State Reps: Mark Batinick District 97, Margo Mc Dermed District 37, Yvonne Bolton District 98, Glen Nixon District 79, Peter Breen District 48, Will County Board: Darren Bennefield District 5, Annette Parker District 9
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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.
On June 6, 1788, James Madison warned “I believe there are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power, than by violent and sudden usurpations…” Madison also recognized that they, the Framers themselves could abuse their very own powers, “A watchful eye must be kept on ourselves lest while we are building ideal monuments of Renown and Bliss here we neglect to have our names enrolled in the Annals of Heaven.”
Enter then Reed Bible (Democrat), Jackie Traynere (Democrat), Ken Harris (Democrat) and Tom Weigel (Republican) who voted to allow the Will County Land Use Department to use Aerial Photos to initiate Building Code violations. I would hope then that Mr. Reed will spare me the threat that he is a lawyer along with his other credentials which appear to be more of a threat to my personal freedom rather than credit. As for the other Democrats it comes as no surprise. A majority vote by a majority mob gives them the right to do just about anything according to their platform. As to Mr. Weigel, a “Republican” I would remind him of one of Calvin Coolidge’s greatest accomplishments, “Perhaps one of the most important accomplishments of my administration has been minding my own business.” Calvin Coolidge
The Will County Board will not doubt attempt to dupe the people that this is legal and that “the courts have ruled”. Nonsense, the courts have not ruled rather the courts have drifted from the original intent of the United States Constitution & Bill of Rights. So what does this say about the Will County Board? There may be many who will be angry with this new unjust law but take comfort that the people of Illinois have awoken and that Will County just affirmed Gallup. The Tribune posted in an April 4, 2014 story that the state with the most trusted government in America was North Dakota. The state with the least trusted government? Yes, you guessed it, Illinois was the winner. But the news doesn’t end there. In another Gallup Poll (April 30, 2014) Illinois was one of the top states with up to 50% stating that they want to leave Illinois with an estimated 19% of those polled stating that they intend to move for various reasons. It is my personal opinion that 50% of those in Will County don’t trust their government, that 50% of those living in Will County do wish they could leave and I do believe that Will County’s fair share will leave the state in the future. What about the rest of us what can we do? Well there are three options.
The first option left to the people from the Declaration of Independence, “That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.” Of course designing men will tell you that this no longer applies which would then give the people the second option.
Associate Justice Joseph Story wrote in his Commentaries, “The people have established it and spoken their will; and their will, thus promulgated, is to be obeyed as the supreme law. Every department of the Government must, of course, in the first instance-, in the exercise of its own powers and duties, necessarily construe the instrument. But, if the case admits of judicial cognizance, every citizen has a right to contest the validity of that construction before the proper judicial tribunal; and to bring it to the test of the Constitution. And, if the case is not capable of judicial redress, still the people may, through the acknowledged means of new elections, or proposed amendments, check any usurpation of authority, whether wanton, or unintentional, and thus relieve themselves from any grievances of apolitical nature.” – §42
But if designing pen still persist that this too is “antiquated”, that the courts “have not drifted” and that the “courts have ruled”, I would then remind the American People of the United States Supreme Court case, “National Federation of Independent Business et al. v. Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services, et al. ~ “Members of this Court are vested with the authority to interpret the law; we possess neither the expertise nor the prerogative to make policy judgments. Those decisions are entrusted to our Nation’s elected leaders, [who can be thrown out of office if the people disagree with them.]” – June 28, 2012. Tiocfaidh ár lá, the courts have ruled . . .
With the Almighty’s Blessing I Am,
This 6th Day of May in the Year of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Two Thousand & Fourteen
After receiving calls about the Meeting of the Village of Homer Glen, this Tuesday April 22nd at 6:30pm 14917 S. Founders Crossing, concerning the purchase of Woodbine Golf Course, I feel I should state my position as a taxpayer of Homer Glen.
1. I believe the purchase price was a great deal. The Village currently pays about ¼ Million Dollars to rent space at Founders Crossing each year. Stopping this bleeding of our Village coffers makes since. The Village needs to move in there as soon as possible.
2. I believe this meeting will give the public a chance to hear various options to what may be planned with the 100 plus acres that cost about 3Million Dollars.
3. I like the idea that a meeting is being planned to give the public some input. Nothing has been done at this point other than the purchase.
4. We need to make sure whatever the public and or Village desire as a finished product can be funded without a new tax, unless there is a referendum for the people to decide.
5. In the interim I believe since the Village owns the property, residents should be allowed to use it as long as it does not cost a lot of money. There are asphalt walking paths, huge fairways for sports practice fields, ponds for fishing, possibly a hall that seniors and other groups could use, plus God knows what else. We don’t need to raise taxes to do these things since they are pretty much ready to be used.
6. I don’t know where the money to buy the property is coming from, nor do I know what it will cost to develop a plan to convert the property to whatever its permanent use will be. My guess is a short term bond, or cash reserves for the purchase and site plan which could be paid by the ¼ Million savings in rent. Where the money to actually construct what is planned will come from is a separate issue.
7. When we hit the building phase sometime in the future, there should be a referendum asking the voters if they want to have a property tax, purchase another bond, or do nothing at that time. I know the General Obligation Bond to purchase the Illinois American Water transmission line could force a property tax if there is not enough revenue in sales tax to pay the bond. I don’t think this will happen, but spending on new projects does concern me. This is why I feel the voters need to decide at that future point.