Burr Ridge Mayor Attempts Coup Of Taxpayer Meeting

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Burr Ridge-Furious at being told to shut up at a meeting opposing his Home Rule tax increase referenda, Mayor Gary Grasso of Burr Ridge attempted to seize control of the meeting.

“He’s already had his taxpayer subsidized meetings praising Home Rule,” said Jim Tobin, President of Taxpayers United of America (TUA). “Then when taxpayers organize a meeting to oppose Home Rule, he wanted control of that one too.”

The meeting was hosted by TUA on Tuesday, March 10 at Barbara’s Bookstore in Burr Ridge with the intent to oppose the unlimited taxing powers of Home Rule. The speakers at the meeting were Jim Tobin, and Burr Ridge Resident and Local Business Owner Zach Mottl.

“The Mayor tried to take over the meeting. He got up and began to speak to the audience while approaching the podium. I told him to sit down and shut up.”

“When he saw he couldn’t seize the podium, he shuffled out of the meeting, head down.”

“His behavior is typical of tax thieves. Just last week, I had a school board member of Glenview SD 34 lash out at us for daring to oppose a $119,000,000 property tax increase on Glenview taxpayers. These people think taxpayers will just sit down and take any tax increase thrown their way, and are shocked when taxpayers stick up for themselves.”

“Home Rule always means home ruin. Home Rule allows virtually unlimited tax increases without a referendum. Home Rule permits bureaucrats to impose new taxes in the form of fees, licenses, and regulations. It expedites seizures of private property. It also allows municipal government to give public property to private interests without competitive bidding.

“I urge all Burr Ridge Taxpayers to vote no on Home Rule on March 17.”


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Taxpayers United of America (TUA), working with local Glenview, IL taxpayers to defeat a massive property tax increase benefitting School Dist. 34, received a hostile response from Mike Korman, a Glenview School Dist. 34 board member. Korman supports the $119,000,000 (plus interest) property tax increase on March 17.

Not happy that some taxpayers dare to oppose property tax increases, Mike Korman released a statement online. “This is NOT a Glenview based entity,” said Korman. “This is a 501(c)(4) entity that’s brags it has defeated 432 referenda in Illinois.”

“This is typical of responses we get from government school board members,” said Jim Tobin, president of TUA. “Like most tax thieves, he obviously expects taxpayers to shut up and take whatever tax increase he dictates. Why else would he think 432 victories for taxpayers against higher property taxes are a bad thing?”

“Bond issues always result in property tax increases,” said Tobin. “We are glad to spread the word about what’s really going on. Unless Glenview taxpayers want even higher property taxes, they should vote no on the $119,000,000 (plus interest) property tax increase on March 17.”

“Eighty percent of local spending goes to salaries and benefits of government employees, and taxes now support much of the lavish, gold-plated pensions they get after early retirement.”

“Taxpayers are always shocked when they are told just how much these retired government school employees get after retirement, especially when they realize it’s their income and property taxes that are subsidizing their luxurious lifestyles.”

“For example, William Attea retired from Glenview SD34 at age 57, and currently gets an astounding annual pension of $225,989. He has received, to date, $4,088,864. His estimated lifetime pension payout is $4,547,622.”

“Taxpayers must defeat all property tax increase referenda on the March 17 primary ballot.”

“And it’s crucial that taxpayers oppose the Income Theft Amendment that Gov. Jay Robert ‘J. B.’ Pritzker put on the November 3 ballot.”



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Raising taxes for “infrastructure” is a scam that helps politicians but not commuters, according to Jim Tobin, president of Taxpayer Education Foundation (TEF).

“Politicians want to raise taxes for infrastructure because new projects give taxpayers the impression they are getting shiny new things for their money,” said Tobin. “But, in fact, these projects actually harm commuters.”

“Several studies by transportation expert Randal O’Toole, Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute, show that with the exception of New York City subway ridership, the future for the rest of the government transit industry is dim. Yet billions of dollars are still being poured into declining government transit systems instead of improving roads.”

“O’Toole provides some startling statistics to illustrate these facts.”

  • Other than New York City subways, nationwide ridership fell 1.2 percent for 2019 as a whole.
  • When compared with 2014 ridership, 2019 ridership fell in 44 out of the 50 largest urban areas.
  • Transit buses, including commuter buses, trolley buses, and bus-rapid transit as well as conventional buses, carried fewer riders in 2019 than in any year since 1939.
  • Light rail is also doing poorly, losing more than 4 percent of its riders in 2019.
  • Government Transit is not healthy in almost all urban areas. Los Angeles and Washington ridership peaked in about 2008; Chicago in 2012; and the others in 2013 or 2014.  If government transit can’t thrive in Chicago, which has the nation’s second-largest downtown, then it is really becoming a one-urban-area industry (New York).
  • Whenever it opens a new light-rail line, Los Angeles loses five bus riders for every light-rail rider it gains, and even light-rail ridership declines in years that it doesn’t open new lines.

“O’Toole shows that building government rail transit usually does more harm than good to a transit system. Gasoline is cheap and autos provide people access to far more jobs and other economic opportunities than transit,” said Tobin.

“Interstate Highways, called the world’s best transportation system, were paid for entirely out of federal and state highway user fees. There is little justification for raising more taxes and trying to get people out of their cars and onto transit, which in turn means there is little justification for the tens of billions of dollars of annual subsidies American taxpayers give to the government transit industry.”