I'll Not Be Attending Referendum Opponents' Pity Party

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By John Hubbuch

Although I voted for District 97's referendum, at first, I did feel kind of bad for its opponents, especially those who said its passage would force them to move out of Oak Park. But the subsequent angry bitter apocalyptic caterwauling by some of those opponents has caused my sympathy to dissipate.         

There is no crying in baseball or elections. You win. You lose. You move on. There has been more fine whine in these pages than in the Napa Valley.                                       

If you paid $10,000 in real estate taxes last year, the passage of the referendum means you will pay $10,380 this year. I simply do not believe that a  $380 increase will force anyone  to move. Some Villagers are suffering from the loss of jobs, diminished home values and foreclosures. These are a result of the well-documented greed and arrogance of our rapacious  investment banks and clueless regulators---not the passage of District 97's referendum.                 

Also, the complaints remind me of those  who buy a house next to O'Hare and complain about the noise. Anyone moving into Oak Park in the past 25 years had to have known our property taxes were high, but moved here anyway for all the good reasons home prices have until recently  soared---good housing stock , great  transportation, proximity to downtown, and oh yeah, good schools. Almost every referendum proposed to increase taxes has passed if not the first time, then the second. It gets cold in Chicago in February. Oak Park passes referenda in April. Anyone buying a house could look it up.                               

Finally in the history of the world it has happened that you had to move because it got too expensive. I moved from north Oak Park to south Oak Park.  Friends have moved to Elmwood Park or Westchester. People move from a home to an  apartment. Think about all the people who got kicked out of public housing because rich yuppies wanted their land. It's too bad, but it is the way of the capitalistic world. "Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness" does not include " and stay in the same house forever."             

                                                                             

It would be uber-ironic if  some Village residents moved from their homes that they could no longer afford into the Comcast low income housing.  Talk about lemonade from lemons.

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brian slowiak from oak park  

Posted: April 21st, 2011 8:39 AM

If there is no crying about elections, why did Al Gore challenge George Bush in Federal Court? George Bush won the election. There was crying and court cases.

Adele from OP  

Posted: April 14th, 2011 8:16 AM

I think it is irresponsible to dismiss as "whiners" those who take serious issue with the various govt entities' inability to rein in spending. Just because OP has always been excessive in it's insatiable tax and spend culture does not mean that those with deviating opinoins should "suck it up". It's not the $380. It's the total tax balloom that keeps being inflated to the point of popping for many of us. I won't move cuz of $380, but cuz the balloon can't handle more hot air.

Patricia O'Shea  

Posted: April 11th, 2011 9:50 PM

On Comcast: A good source of information.. https://sites.google.com/site/concernedmadisonoakpark/home

Patricia O'Shea  

Posted: April 11th, 2011 1:48 PM

Mr. Hubbuch, please tread carefully on Comcast. This is not your average apartment building. Residents are regularly required to meet with a caseworker. When I made less than 26,000 a year I would have liked to have my own place subsidized by the govt. but I wouldn't have agreed that I needed a caseworker.

tjk from Oak Park  

Posted: April 11th, 2011 10:43 AM

John, I agree with you that it's ridiculous to blame this referrendum that raises property taxes a mere 3.8% for making you move out of Oak Park - if this was really your tipping point, you probably would not have moved here in the first place, since property taxes have always been high relative to other suburbs. I do think, however, that your tone was condescending. I can afford the increase (as can most with a job) but I didn't brag publicly about it costing me as much as dinner.

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