Taxpayers Fight Two Property Tax Increase Referendums On The April 2 Ballot

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Chicago – Taxpayers United of America (TUA) is working with taxpayers in Hinsdale Twp. HSD 86 and Barrington CUSD 220 to defeat property tax increase referenda in the upcoming April 2 election.

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“Both of these districts are pushing massive property tax increases that just aren’t necessary,” according to Jim Tobin, TUA president. “They want to fund wasteful and excessive building projects when Illinois and its individual communities are shrinking in population. People are leaving the state in droves, and here are two more governments that don’t care why: excessively high property taxes.”

Hinsdale HSD 86 has placed a $140 million bond issue on the April 2 ballot. Hinsdale voters soundly defeated a $166 million bond in last October’s election and yet another property tax increase for $76 million in bonds in 2017.

“It seems that Hinsdale HSD 86 bureaucrats are determined to waste even more taxpayer dollars by putting a third referendum on the ballot in as many years, despite dwindling enrollments,” said Tobin.

Hinsdale HSD 86 has seen its enrollment drop steadily over the last six years with a net decrease of about 224 students. One major cause in the enrollment drop is that Illinois has one of the highest rates of out-migration.

“The government hacks running Hinsdale HSD 86 haven’t made any budget cuts but expect taxpayers to take another pay-cut to fund the district’s excessive wish-list of construction projects. They pretend to make cuts, in an effort to hurt parents who voted down the referenda, but all of their phony cuts will be restored if this measure passes. There is not one permanent or meaningful spending cut!”

“The district could argue that they need money for safety and security updates, but that spending category only accounts for about $3.9 million of the $140 million they have put on the ballot. They have neglected to provide basic maintenance on facilities and now expect taxpayers to hand over millions of taxpayer dollars to correct their mismanagement.”

Barrington CUSD 220 has placed a $185 million property tax increase referendum on the April 2 ballot. Barrington CUSD 220 has also seen a steady decline in enrollment is are responsible for educating about 214 fewer students.

“CUSD 220 saw revenues increase .31% in the 2017/2018 school year and yet increased spending by 4.57%…on a dwindling student census.”

“Barrington bureaucrats are hitting taxpayers up for $185 million this year but this is only a down-payment on their 20 year pipe-dream plan of fleecing taxpayers out of $500 million for building projects.”

“They want $5.3 million for safety and security and don’t even create an annual budget for these improvements. That’s just remarkable.”

“Hinsdale HSD 86 and Barrington CUSD 220 share more than just similar demographics; they share a complete lack of regard for the taxpayers who must fund them. Both have let facilities deteriorate over the years without adequate planning or budgeting.”

“Worse than their complete lack of fiscal planning is their ignorance of how taxpayer funded operations work. Every time they plan a pay raise, benefit increase, instructional spending increase, etc., taxpayers must take a pay cut to fund it. If taxes go up $100 a year per taxpayer, every taxpayer has $100 less to spend on his or her wants and needs. So yes, every time they get more money to spend, we have less. And they really don’t care.”

“Government school bureaucrats want hundreds of millions more in taxpayer dollars to build lavish offices that are occupied only about 8 total months a year.”

“Neither of these affluent districts have made any cuts to spending. Why should they? They just put a property tax increase referendum on the ballot and cry about how it’s “for the children.”

“80% of local taxes go to fund government-employee salaries and benefits. So once you get past that spending, it starts being about the children. I urge everyone in these districts to vote No on April 2 and demand the government bureaucrats to cut spending, not increase it.”

“We have defeated 431 property tax increase referendums since I founded the organization in 1976. I can’t wait to add two more taxpayer victories to that number.”

TAXPAYERS MUST RESIST PRITZKER’S DISASTROUS TAX-INCREASE PLANS

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Springfield—Last week, Ill. Gov. Jay Robert “J. B.” Pritzker (D) fired the opening salvo in his war on Illinois working families.

In a state that spent over a billion dollars more then it took in last year, Pritzker has decided to give pay raises to 20,000 Illinois government employees. This pay raise has been estimated to cost Illinois Taxpayers an additional TWO HUNDRED MILLION DOLLARS annually. In addition, Pritzker signed a bill that placed even more government regulation on Illinois gun dealers. This legislation has already inflicted casualties amongst the firearms industry, with other small business to follow suit.

“If this is just the first week, then I hate to see what the entire term will look like,” said Jim Tobin, President of Taxpayers United of America (TUA). “Then again, this wasn’t unexpected. Pritzker is the only gubernatorial candidate I can think of that came into power promising to tax the hell out of people. Illinois taxpayers need to push back against this guy, who thinks he’s Santa Claus to government employees.”

Despite claims from J.B.’s election website that “I have plans to put Illinois back on the side of working families,” the reality shows Pritzker will do anything but. On the agenda is either a Vehicle Miles Traveled Tax (VMT) that may force a government tracker into private vehicles or a 30 cent per gallon increase in the state gasoline tax. Both of these taxes will disproportionately hurt both middle and lower-class commuters, as the tax will steal a larger percent of their limited budget.

Another anti-working-family tax measure is the Pritzker Amendment, a graduated state income tax increase on the Illinois Middle-class. Despite lofty statements made by Pritzker like, “The vast majority of the people in the state of Illinois should get an income tax break,” and, “The wealthiest people in the state can afford to pay a little bit more,”  the political reality is completely different. HB 3522, a bill designed by members of Pritzker’s political party, is an example of legislation that can be passed if the amendment is ratified. Such a bill could raise the income tax payment made by a middle class taxpayer earning $40,000 by 16.44%. Thankfully, the flat income tax prevents such assaults against the middle class and those aspiring to better their station in life.

J.B. Pritzker is locked in a fight against the Illinois middle and lower class, with the spoils of war going to benefit another class, the government class. That is why it is important to contact your local state representative and senator who can be found here: https://www.illinoispolicy.org/maps/ and tell him or her to resist these anti-taxpayer measures. Otherwise they may join with Governor Santa Claus in making Illinois a worse place to live.

Tell Ill. Senate Republican Leader: Don’t Conspire with Democrats!

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Springfield—Illinois Senate Republican leader Bill Brady so far has refused to oppose a massive 30 cent per gallon increase in the Illinois gasoline tax.

“This is ridiculous,” stated lifelong taxpayer advocate and President of Taxpayers United of America, Jim Tobin. “Less then two years ago Democrats held Illinois hostage for a five billion dollar income tax increase. Now the senate Republican leader doesn’t want to oppose Democrats who want to pass a two billion dollar increase to the gas tax? Refusing to stand in the way of this massive tax hike on poor and middle class taxpayers is a massive betrayal.”

“It’s not too late for him to change his mind,” continued Jim Tobin. “All it might take are some everyday taxpayers to remind Senator Brady that it is taxpayers, not empty CTA buses that matter. That is why I urge taxpayers to contact this senator, and remind him that he has a duty to the people to resist Springfield Tax Raisers.”

If you want to tell  Senator Bill Brady to oppose this TWO BILLION DOLLAR gasoline tax increase, you can find his contact information at the Illinois General Assembly website here: http://www.ilga.gov/senate/Senator.asp?MemberID=2542 or call his office at (309) 664-4440.

TAXPAYERS WIN REFERENDA VICTORIES IN STEGER AND WARREN TOWNSHIP HIGH SCHOOL

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Chicago— On April 6th taxpayers rejected two major property tax increase referenda put forth by affluent government bureaucrats. The first referendum was a limiting rate increase for the village of Steger that would have cost taxpayers in property taxes an additional estimated $210 per home owner a year. The other was a property tax increase put on the ballot by Warren Township High School Dist. 121., which would have cost local taxpayers an estimated total of $7.8 million dollars in property taxes a year.

“When it comes to referenda, Taxpayers win,” said Jim Tobin, president of Taxpayers United of America. “It is really that simple. As shown with the Income Theft Amendment, a graduated income tax increase that Pritzker tried to pass last year, taxpayers are not stupid. We know a con when we see one, and that’s all these so called ‘necessary’ tax increases are.”

“These two wins together make 441 taxpayer referenda victories for TUA, and shows that there is still plenty of hope for Illinois. So long as taxpayers maintain the right to vote on new tax increases, we can keep greedy tax thieves away from our pocketbooks.”

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PRITZKER SIGNS BILL HIKING CHICAGO FIREFIGHTERS’ PENSIONS, TO BE PAID BY INCREASED PROPERTY TAXES

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Illinois Governor Jay Robert “J. B.” Pritzker, the worst governor Illinois has ever had, signed House Bill 2451 on April 5, 2021 which increases Chicago firefighter pensions. The legislation will increase Chicago property taxes of between $18 to $30 million per year.

The bill, originally introduced in 2019 by notorious tax thief Rep. Robert Martwick (D-Chicago), jacks up the pensions of 2,200 active and retired Chicago firefighters. HB 2451 removes a provision that restricts the firefighters born after 1966 from receiving a 3% automatic annual cost of living adjustment, or COLA, on their pension.  The COLA will now be 3% instead of its current 1.5% yearly increase.

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, in an example of a broken clock being right twice a day, released a statement criticizing HB 2451. According to Lightfoot, the bill is a “massive, unfunded mandate to the taxpayers of Chicago at a time when there are no extra funds to cover this new obligation.”

“In other words,” said Jim Tobin, economist and president of Taxpayers United of America, “Chicago is going to raise property taxes up to $30 million per year. In a time where everyone is hurting, Pritzker is again kicking everyone while they’re down to give money to his friends. When the property bill comes due and Chicagoans see the latest increase, this time the one who should be blamed is Pritzker.”

TAX ACCOUNTABILITY ENDORSES CANDIDATES FOR APRIL 6 ELECTIONS

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Chicago-Tax Accountability, the political action arm of Taxpayers United of America, is proud to endorse three outstanding candidates for the upcoming April 6th Illinois Elections. These candidates include:
Zach Mottl – Burr Ridge Trustee
Elena Galinski – Burr Ridge Trustee
Eric Dubiel – Lake Zurich Trustee (Eric’s run was featured in the April 5thChicago Tribune)
“If I were in either Burr Ridge or Lake Zurich, I would vote for these candidates,” said Jim Tobin, chairman of Tax Accountability. “I know these candidates are pro-taxpayer, and are against Home Rule for their local municipality. Home Rule, or at least the version developed by the state of Illinois, has been described as the most insidious form of government anywhere in the United States of America. It not only robs citizens on their right to vote on tax increases, but also allows government bureaucrats limitless spending powers.”
“Few candidates seeking office in Illinois will pledge before an election to fight on behalf of taxpayers. Fewer still actively fight for taxpayers. I personally know two of these candidates. They have fought hard on behalf of taxpayers, and I am confident that they will continue to fight for taxpayers.”
“I wish that all of them achieve a resounding success this election cycle.”