Kendall County Property Tax Revolt – Our Goal

Is the petition/referendum a good thing? Will it make a difference? We believe doing nothing is not acceptable.

A few questions have been raised about our petition drive telling the community leaders that we want 20% cut from the levies for next year. I have attached links to all the previous BLOGs for people to get caught up on our conversation. Some believe this referendum is too radical. Some say it’s okay to cut everything else but don’t touch education. Or cut the administrators’ salaries and pensions but don’t touch the police or firemen. Some believe cutting the healthcare benefits to elected officials will do it. Well, you are all correct and you are all wrong.

Think about your own lives for a minute. Maybe one of you lost your job. Maybe with inflation you are finding the checkbook is empty before all the bills are paid at the end of the month. What do you do? Probably the first thing is to consider getting an additional job or part-time job. When that doesn’t work out you sit down and make a list of where all your money is going. Maybe you cut your grocery bill by eating at home rather than at fast food places. Maybe you decide all those cell phones aren’t absolutely necessary. Maybe you sell one of your cars to eliminate a payment. These things aren’t necessarily permanent. You can always begin dining out again or picking up new cell phones or buy a car down the road when the money comes in. You simply cut your expenses to meet your income for the short term until you can plan a better future. That is all we are asking of our leaders by pushing this ballot referendum. Acknowledge that we have a serious problem and put a plan in place to fix it.

Another part of this petition is simply that the State of Illinois tells us that our referendum can be non-binding only. That means it is our “suggestion” that the leaders reduce levies by 20%. Our leaders can work hard at reducing waste and unneeded expenses to attain the 20% or they can reduce 10% or maybe not even reduce anything. The State of Illinois doesn’t require they even listen to us. Many people would love to see their property taxes frozen where they are even if they can’t be reduced. That is the goal of our petition. Leaders, do exactly what we must do in our daily lives when there is more going out than coming in.

The last comment about the referendum/petition is that if the voters vote it in or vote it out the results won’t be known until after the new leaders are elected. That means these leaders are elected for 2 or 4 year terms and don’t really have to listen to this vote or their constituents until the next election although we believe they will.

So for you naysayers out there who say this isn’t fair or they won’t listen anyway, go on with your life and hope and pray a major unplanned event doesn’t affect your life like it has for so many of your neighbors. This petition/referendum isn’t about forcing our leaders to follow everything we think is necessary, it’s about finding ways to fix the broken system. As we all are finding out, to fix anything we must admit we have a problem, research solutions, and then move forward with the best one. That is all our group expects our leaders to do.


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Al Bezek July 24, 2012 at 02:47 AM
I agree with the core idea of the petition. Reviewing my tax bill for the last several years, I find most departments have reduced their expenses and that is reflected in the annual tax bill. The distrurbing reality is the school district. Look at the current tax bill and you'll all see what I am refering to. School district 308 went up on my bill by $200 plus dollars while most of the county departments reflected a decrease in spending. My question would be regarding the annual district school increases. Are dropout rates decreasing? Where does District 308 stand regarding state tests given to the children of the district. Are our schools drug free (unlikely). If none of the these questions are answered and they reflect little or no improvement then thesignificant annual tax increases for the school district(s) is a waste of precious dollars.
Mark A Johnson July 25, 2012 at 11:44 AM
Hi to all! Sheets are beginning to come in but we need a lot more signatures to make the ballot in November. A couple notes to help those willing to help our cause: * All sheets must be notorized and must be the originals in order to file with the County Clerk. Your local bank will usually do this for free. The notorizing must be done by you in the notory's presence in order to prove you were the one who got the signatures. It is a government regulation to prevent voter fraud. * Partial sheets are okay. Even if you have only one name on the sheet it is acceptable. No need to line out or anything. Just turn it in with as many as you can. * Remember that we must file all of the sheets by August 6th, 2012 to be legal so I must have the sheets by 8/4 or 8/5. Try to get the sheets in sooner if possible since we need to count, number, and bind them before submitting to the County Clerk. Thanks for being a huge part of our team!
Bruno Behrend October 17, 2012 at 03:56 PM
What a disgusting a vile attitude. So everyone should either more or pay for more public greed, unwarranted pensions, and piggish public projects/purchases so you can pretend you are getting "government services!?" So your ability to pay for bloated greed should force others to move out of their homes. What a tool you are! In case you haven't noticed, talent and employers have been draining out of Illinois, and they've found states and cities where people can buy more house for the dollar, all with better or similar government services. Yet folks like you defend a notoriously corrupt and greedy public sector, where pension bloat alone will cut 'services' far faster than any tax activists can. The people you ridicule are attempting to SAVE their county and Illinois from the pigs who have bankrupted it, and you have the nerve to tell them to move. Again...what a tool you are.
Tim October 17, 2012 at 04:25 PM
Sorry Bruno, You and everyone else paid no attention to any of this for decades, giving your unspoken approval of the practices. It is too late now to pretend to care,as you didn't lift a finger until it began to effect you personally. To me, that is the more disgusting and vile attitude. And no, I haven't noticed people fleeing Illinois. The census shows the exact opposite. http://www.google.com/publicdata/explore?ds=kf7tgg1uo9ude_&met_y=population&idim=state:17000&dl=en&hl=en&q=illinois+population State sales taxes also showed a $393 million increase for the year, and the sales tax rate was not increased. http://www.sj-r.com/top-stories/x1762350553/State-revenue-growth-might-not-continue That means an increase in business, not a decrease. There a those like you who seem to WANT it to fail, even the title of that article is in disbelief that the growth continues. Yet the growth still continues. Residents just like you have sat back and let the teachers union run over you, lie to you, and attempt to place the blame on anyone but themselves(the teachers union was who was badgering the state to shift pension payouts to local districts annual funding, instead of funding their own pension, and now they are trying to blame the state for it). And you believe them? If you have not found a way to live within your means NO MATTER WHAT the government does, the problem is not with the government, it is with you. It's easy to blame everyone but yourself, isn't it?
Audity October 17, 2012 at 05:17 PM
So, the citizens who have started and are supporting a petition to request fiscal responsibility from their elected officials is not an example of taking personal responsibility? It seems to me that is exactly what it is. Of course all of these niceties were voted for during an era of growth and prosperity amid promises by elected officials that it would be sustainable and appropriate. Turns out, that wasn’t the case. Now families are forced by rising taxes, rising food costs, rising fuel costs to tighten their budgets, and it seems that all that is being asked is that our elected officials take the same measures to protect the residents’ financial interests as much as they were eager to dip into their wallets in the past. You can spin it however you’d like, and I admire your ability to substantiate your position with relevant sources, but it is still just spin. In that regard, I find your particular brand of dissention intentionally divisive, and have to agree with Bruno on this one. Perhaps instead of insisting on blame placement or acceptance, you could use your intellect to offer real, feasible, and viable solutions? Perpetuating disagreement all over Patch is getting a little old, frankly.


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