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Taxpayers Oppose City of Princeton’s Referendum for ‘Unlimited Home Rule Taxing Power’ on March 20

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CHICAGO–The President of Taxpayers United of America (TUA) today urged voters in the City of Princeton, Illinois, to vote “NO” on the March 20 referendum to adopt unlimited home rule taxing power, adding, “Compared to the average income in Princeton, city politicians and bureaucrats already are living like kings.”
“Right now, the City of Princeton must have support from a majority of voters in order to raise city taxes,” said Tobin. “If unlimited home rule taxing power is passed, the city could raise property taxes and create new taxes without asking voters for approval. In addition, adopting home rule would exempt the City of Princeton from the current 5% property tax cap. The city could then raise city property taxes by any amount, any time.”
“Home rule also would allow the City of Princeton to impose new taxes on businesses, gasoline, groceries, parking, and almost anything else.”
“Current and retired city bureaucrats already are rolling in money compared with Princeton residents. They don’t need more money from Princeton residents. The average annual income in Princeton is only $37,000, the median value of a home is only $102,000, and current unemployment stands at 10.2%. However, the current city salary (as of 12/31/11) of Jeffrey Fiegenschuh is $112,799, and the city salary of Leroy Drake is $111,263.”
“Retired Princeton bureaucrats also are raking in the dough. William Spitler pulls in $70,766 in pension benefits each year, and so far has collected total pension benefits of $932,639. Barry Schultz pulls in $59,729 in pension benefits each year and already has collected total pension benefits of $830,092.”
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“Politicians are notorious for scheduling home rule and property tax increase referenda during primaries, when voter-turnout is low. This March 20, if only 10% of voters turn out, Princeton bureaucrats, who will be out in force, will be able to pass this home rule referendum easily.”
“Princeton voters should go to the polls this March 20, along with their family members and neighbors, and vote ‘NO’ on the unlimited home rule taxing power referendum.”

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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