Pension Reform

Evanston To Close Fire Station and Lay Off Police To Pay Lavish City Pensions

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Evanston – ABC 7 News has released a report on the City of Evanston’s financial woes. The city has reported a massive deficit of over $7 million dollars causing a budgetary crisis. Searching for a solution, the city is looking to drastically cut back on police and firefighters.  The cuts resemble those made in the city of Harvey, which also made drastic cuts to police and fire.

In the ABC report, the local fire union also expresses deep concern the cuts will have for public safety, “The proposed cuts are drastic, they’re significant. We’re adamantly opposed to the cuts. They pose an immediate safety risk to the citizens of Evanston, and firefighters as well,” said Billy Lynch, president of Firefighters Local 742.

Jim Tobin of Taxpayers United of America (TUA) agrees with Mr. Lynch that public safety is paramount, and calls for Evanston to immediately reform the City pension system. According to TUA research, property tax payments to IMRF, police, and firefighter pensions equal almost $20 Million which account for 68.17% of all city property taxes.  All new hiring should be put into 401K style retirement plans to avoid new unfunded pension liability. In addition, Jim Tobin also calls for the Illinois General Assembly to pass legislation allowing local governments to declare bankruptcy to restructure their debts.

Click here to view our October 17 Springfield City Pension Statement.

 

TAXPAYERS UNITED OF AMERICA FIGHTING HOME RULE TAXING POWERS IN SIX MUNICIPALITIES

CHICAGO—Taxpayers United of America (TUA) is working with local taxpayer groups to defeat referenda that would bring Home Rule to the municipalities of Winthrop Harbor, Zion, Prospect Heights, Beach Park and Lemont. In addition, TUA is working with local taxpayer groups to repeal Home Rule in Batavia, IL.

“Home Rule is home ruin,” said Jim Tobin, TUA president. “It is a horrible scheme that places taxpayers at the mercy of local politicians.”

“TUA has helped local taxpayers defeat 426 tax increase referenda since 1977.”

“Under Home Rule, property tax caps do not apply, and politicians can not only raise taxes without limit, but they can create new taxes with which to clobber taxpayers. It is about as evil as any political process can get.”

“Our staff will visit these municipalities and pass out flyers urging taxpayers to vote No on establishing Home Rule, and Yes on getting rid of this plague where it already exists on November 6.”

Check out our Home Rule Flyers below.

Zion

Batavia

Winthrop Harbor

Prospect Heights

Lemont

Beach Park

Batavia Home Rule Meeting

Jim Tobin, economist and President of Taxpayers United of America gave a presentation on how Home Rule affects taxpayers. Mr. Tobin has spent decades fighting home rule throughout Illinois, calling it, “the most insidious form of government in America”.

In 1970, Illinois adopted a new constitution that designated any municipality with a population greater than 25,000 as a home rule unit. In addition, municipalities can vote to adopt Home Rule, or repeal Home Rule if they already have it. “Illinois Home Rule gives unlimited taxing power to bureaucrats,” said Jim Tobin

In some cases, Home Rule even takes away citizens’ right to vote on vital city issues and limits citizens’ voice in government mayoral and council elections. “Taxpayers are effectively muzzled, except at election time, and even then, their choices are limited,” according to Tobin.

The Illinois version of so-called Home Rule strips citizens of control over local politicians’ power to tax, to regulate, and to incur debt. The Illinois version denies citizens the right to have a local charter or constitution to protect taxpayers from abuse or incompetence by office holders and from the hazard of easy access to public funds for developers, lawyers, bankers, and government workers.

Illinois bypasses the people of the community and puts all the power of local government into the hands of politicians. That’s why students of government and political science have described the Illinois version of so-called home rule as the most insidious form of government anywhere in the United States of America. It is government by personality instead of government by principle.

Without the controls of a local charter or constitution, and with citizens stripped of their right to vote on city issues, so-called Home Rule in Illinois empowers politicians to:

1) Raise taxes without citizen permission.
2) Impose new taxes in the form of fees, licenses, and regulations.
3) Expedite seizures of private property.
4) Give city property to private interests without competitive bidding.
5) Take greater control over citizens’ lives, livelihoods, property, and liberty.

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