Taxpayers United Urges "NO" Vote on $400 March 20 Evanston-Skokie Sch. Dist. 65 Property Tax Increase Referendum

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CHICAGO–The President of Taxpayers United of America (TUA) today urged all voters in Evanston-Skokie School Dist. 65 to vote “NO” on the March 20 property tax increase referendum, adding, “Don’t build palaces for the bureaucrats.”
“The salaries and benefits of government-school bureaucrats and teachers in Evanston-Skokie School Dist. 65 are some of the most extravagant in the state,” said Jim Tobin, TUA President. “Now these same bureaucrats and teachers want another property tax increase on top of Dist. 65 homeowners’ already-high property taxes.”
“80% of Evanston-Skokie School Dist. 65 spending goes for salaries and benefits. The administrators and teachers get rich, with no benefit whatever to the students. Dist. 65 administrator, Hardy Murphy, gets a whopping annual salary (as of 6/30/11) of $229,662. Administrator Susan Schultz pulls in a hefty annual salary of $178,006.”
“Retired administrators and teachers have become pension millionaires. Robert Campbell receives an annual pension of $114,945, and with a total pension contribution of only $52,208, already has collected $2,022,377 in total pension payments. Annett Grubman receives an annual pension of $105,132, and with a total pension contribution of only $81,094, already has collected $1,493,452 in total pension payments.”
“School Dist. 65 mouthpieces state that the property tax increase will be ‘only’ $32 per $100,000 assessed valuation of a home, but if approved, the property tax increase for an average home in Evanston, instead of the claimed $127 per year, will actually be three times that much, or more. Make no mistake about it, this is an annual property tax hike of $400 on an average Evanston home, not $127.”
“Politicians and their government-school backers are notorious for scheduling property tax increase referenda during primaries, when voter-turnout is low. This March 20, if only 10% of voters turn out, the Dist. 65 bureaucrats and teachers, who will be out in force, will be able to pass this property tax increase easily.”
“Taxpayers United of America has defeated 192 property tax increase referenda since 1977, including a Dist. 65 property tax increase referendum in 1979.”

Government Employees of Ford County Revel at Taxpayer Expense

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RANTOUL, ILLINOIS–A report released today by Taxpayers United of America (TUA) reveals that Ford County government teachers and government employees are not only receiving generous salaries but that their estimated pension payments in many cases are larger than some salaries in the private sector. Furthermore, over a normal lifetime, many of these government employees, when they retire, become pension millionaires.
“While Ford County stagnates economically with 10.5% unemployment, a paltry median home value of $91,000, and an average annual wage of $34,000, Ford County government teachers and government officials are pulling in generous taxpayer-funded salaries and enjoying lavish, gold-plated pensions that have made some of them pension millionaires,” said Jim Tobin, TUA President.
“Heading the list of Ford County government school Teachers is Charles Aubry, of Gibson City-Melvin-Sibly CUSD 5, pulling in an annual salary of $151,559. Next is Clifford McClure, of Paxton-Buckley-Loda CUD 10, with an annual salary of $133,948.”
“Ford County retired government school teachers are doing much better than the average Ford County taxpayer. John F. Perkins, of Paxton-Buckley-Loda 10, receives an annual pension of $112,038 — $9,337 a month (as of 3/4/11). Perkins already has collected $760,276 in pension payments-to-date.”
Charles Wood, of Paxton-Buckley-Loda 10, who receives an annual pension of $75, 348, already has collected an astronomical $1,026,406 in pension payments-to-date.”
Lee A. Anthony, formerly employed by Ford County, who retired making $128,013 a year, receives an annual pension of $109,615 — $9,135 a month. John A. Pickering, formerly employed by Ford-Iroquois Health Dept., who retired making $128,039 a year, receives an annual pension of $78,738 — $6,562 a month.”
“The way to fix the broken pension system is to end pensions for all new government hires, which would eventually eliminate unfunded government pensions; putting new government hires into social security and 401(k)s would achieve this.”
“If each government employee were required to contribute an additional 10% toward his or her pension taxpayers would save billions of dollars over the next 35 years.”
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Retired CPS Teachers Getting Huge Pensions From Small Contributions

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CHICAGO — A list released by Taxpayers United of America (TUA) of the Top 100 pensions of retired Chicago Public School teachers shows that many of these retired teachers have already collected huge amounts of cash compared with their relatively small employee contributions, according to the President of TUA.
“A small pension contribution of $126,000 mushroomed into millions of dollars for one retiree, and the payout is still growing at taxpayer expense,” said Jim Tobin, TUA President.
“In Chicago, property taxes pay for both public school salaries and generous pensions. The biggest portion of homeowners’ property tax bills is for public schools, and 80% of these property tax dollars goes for salaries and pensions.”
“Manford Byrd, who has contributed only $126,561 to his retirement plan, already has collected an estimated total pension payout of $2,580,793.”
“Robert Saddler, who has contributed only $108,335 to his retirement plan, already has collected an estimated total pension payout of $2,063,207.”
“The broken pension system must be reformed. Ending pensions for all new government hires will eventually eliminate unfunded government pensions; putting new government hires into social security and 401(k)s would achieve this.”
“One possible solution to this problem is to require each government employee in the Chicago teachers pension fund to contribute an additional 10% toward his or her pension. This would provide taxpayers billions of dollars in property tax relief.”
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