Morton School District 201 Tax Thieves

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On December 13th, 2017 the Morton High School District No. 201 Board of Education voted to pass the almost 10% property tax levy on property owners. Despite the testimony of taxpayers such as Jim Tobin, a 30 year resident of Berwyn, the Board chose to pass the tax levy unanimously. This property tax increase has been set at 9.89% and is estimated to squeeze up to $40,708,499 out of taxpayers, compared to the previous $37,044,777 from last year.
This property tax levy will effect taxpayers like Berwyn resident Iris Ledford, whose letter was read aloud at the board hearing.
“In case I’m unable to make it to Dec 13 public hearing, I want to register my opposition to proposed tax increase. The projected percentage is outrageous.  I live in Berwyn. My assessed property increase is at 13.9%. On top of that residents voted for another approx $250 increase for its schools. Morton’s would be more than that. Why can’t all of the schools coordinate so there are not multiple increases? All entities should have mandatory budget training & brainstorm other ways to raise funds. A line should be drawn to reduce benefits at a specific time. Maybe for those with no tenure and newbies.  My social security increased 2%. Over 50% went to a Medicare premium rate hike. Our towns are not comprised of upper demographics. Who can afford to continue to just accept these kinds of increases? Oh, maybe those with the triple digit pensions? As for me, I am most likely going to have to move out of Cook County. My $24,000 social security is just not going to be able to sustain property taxes that are going to be over 25% of income. Maybe I’m an outlier but really don’t think so. Thank you for reading my opinion.”-Iris Ledford
The Morton High School District No. 201 Board of Education has chosen to betray taxpayers in exchange for giving government school employees lavish salaries. 24.84% of the total salaried employees, or 116 teachers and administrators at Morton High School District No. 201 receive over $100,000 in salaries.  Many more of these government employees receive $100,000 in total compensation. This data is publicly available and can be found here:
Increasing our property taxes without referendum is theft pure and simple.

TUA Denounces Illinois Income Tax Hike in Sun-Times and IL Forum

Last week, the Illinois General Assembly voted to override Gov. Rauner’s (R) income tax hike veto in both the Senate and the House.
This economically devastating legislation would have been impossible to pass without the help of Republican Sen. Dale Righter and 10 Republicans in the House: Andersson, Bryant, Fortner, Hammond, D. Harris, Hays, Jimenez, B. Mitchell, Phillips, Unes.
TUA’s executive director, Jared Labell, spoke out against this most recent plundering of Illinois taxpayers in the Chicago Sun-Times, under the ominous headline “Illinois moves into the top 20 personal income tax states.”
“Jared Labell, executive director of Taxpayers United of America, compared fixing the state’s financial problems, as well as the impact the income tax hike could have, to a game of “Jenga.” The game of stacked pieces relies on a sound infrastructure to keep from toppling – which is not unlike a state government, he said.
 “The tax increase isn’t a solution to (the state’s financial problems).””
Read the article here.
This past Sunday, Jim Tobin, TUA’s founder and president, attended Bob Redfern’s Illinois Forum meeting in Champaign, IL.
While addressing the attendees, Tobin denounced the newly passed 32% income tax hike and the $5 billion in tax dollars to be siphoned away from hardworking Illinoisans for the benefit of the politicians, bureaucrats, and retired government employees collecting millions of your tax dollars to fund their lavish government pensions.
Tobin’s complete remarks can be viewed here.
The state income tax increase was pushed through the legislature against the wishes of a majority of Illinoisans, activist groups, and our best efforts, along with other fellow organizations.
One thing is clear: if this is Springfield’s solution, the financial climate in Illinois will never recover.
When the Illinois General Assembly reconvenes in January 2018, we will be prepared to offer our own legislation to make sure that more of your hard-earned money remains in your pocket, and not in the hands of the spendthrift politicians in Springfield.

Taxpayers Say Illinois Income Tax Hike is Legal Plunder

Jared Labell | Executive Director
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July 7, 2017

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CHICAGO—With the help of Republican Sen. Dale Righter (Mattoon-55), the Illinois Senate voted 36-19 to override Gov. Bruce Rauner’s (R) budget veto on Independence Day.
Two days later, led by longtime Democratic Speaker and Chicago machine boss Michael J. Madigan (Chicago-22), and including 10 Republicans, members of the Illinois House voted 71-42 to override Gov. Rauner’s veto too.
Together, the Illinois General Assembly enacted the largest permanent income tax hike in the state’s history, raising the personal income tax rate to 4.95 percent from 3.75 percent, and hiking the corporate income tax rate from 7.75 percent to 9.5 percent, which includes the often-overlooked personal property replacement income tax surcharge of 2.5 percent.
“The Illinois General Assembly should really be ashamed,” said Jared Labell, executive director of Taxpayers United of America.
“We know how these tax hikes turn out for taxpayers. We’ve seen this one before. The temporary income tax increase in 2011 brought in more than $32 billion in tax revenue, but did nothing to address the state’s growing unpaid bill backlog and rapidly increasing government pension liabilities, now totaling more than $250 billion according to Moody’s,” said Labell.
“Springfield plans to collect an estimated $5 billion in additional state income tax dollars from hard-working Illinoisans, retroactive to July 1. But taxpayers did not get comprehensive pension reform, property tax cuts, or property tax freezes after two years of uncontrolled spending, $15 billion in unpaid bills, and two years of political maneuvering between the legislators and governor.”
“When was the last time you thought putting vast sums of money in the hands of politicians would be a promising idea?” asked Labell.
“This budget deal is no solution to the longstanding problem of decades of financial mismanagement by the state government. Illinoisans – our friends, our families, our neighbors – have suffered enough. We can do better.”
Labell said there are few solutions Illinois taxpayers should pursue before leaving the state.
“Hiring new government employees under defined contribution 401(k)-style pension plans, rather than lavish defined benefit plans, would help the situation going forward, but Illinois is still facing a quarter-trillion dollars in unfunded government pension liabilities. Taxpayers need a constitutional amendment on the November 2018 ballot to repeal the pension-protection clause of the Illinois State Constitution. It creates a two-tiered system in Illinois that is unsustainable and divides residents into two political classes: government employees and non-government employees,” said Labell.
“Until taxpayers can divert their tax dollars to directly fund whatever services they wish and no more, the legislators in Springfield will continue to engage in generational legal plunder with devastating income and property tax hikes.”