Taxes are part of the race problem

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My reaction to reading Dan Haley's column titled, "Time to hurry up at OPRF" [News, Nov. 22] was: "Of course Oak Park has a racism problem." One needs only to look at their property tax bill to see this.

When the average African American salary in Chicago is $30,000 per year but the average annual Oak Park property tax bill is $9,000, it is clear we have made a decision to keep these people out of our town.

Don Anderson

Oak Park

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Tommy McCoy  

Posted: November 29th, 2017 11:54 PM

Ray Simpson, you are correct

Ray Simpson  

Posted: November 29th, 2017 9:50 PM

Bruce - How dare you find humor in the heart and soul issue of the loony progressive left. Without hand wringing issues like this they would have no reason to exist. I live near Lincoln school and get to watch kids (K-5) playing together. If our community was a racist as being claimed I would see those kids acting out the hangups of their parents. Those kids truly love each other and they don't even notice the skin colors. Good for them and shame on those who see a boogie man behind every bush.

Bruce Kline  

Posted: November 29th, 2017 6:26 PM

Ray: Racism is everywhere. Haven't you heard? Dr. Suess was a racist. I always thought the Cat in the Hat was just a cat. Not so. I am awaiting Fred Rogers outing - Mr. Rogers himself - when he too will be exposed for the racist he obviously was. (Note: this is meant to be sarcasm if anyone has any doubts).

Tom MacMillan from Oak Park  

Posted: November 29th, 2017 6:03 PM

This issue is not unique to Oak Park. The same gaps are happening in Berkeley, Ann Arbor, Evanston, Chapel Hill. OPRF has families with super achieving dual graduate school parents who invest enormous amounts of time and resources into their children before they ever get to OPRF. Interesting recap from a Berkeley employee. https://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2017/06/the-college-town-achievement-gap/526305/

Mike Hanline  

Posted: November 29th, 2017 4:49 PM

I'm as left-leaning as the next Oak Parker, but what a ridiculous, if not irresponsible, statement to make...

Greg Mitchell from Forest Park  

Posted: November 29th, 2017 2:26 PM

While OP may or may not have a race problem, the ratio of Chicago African American Income in relation to property taxes in OP is not even close to indicative. I have lived places that have, at least under the radar, tried to segregate, and OP is not even in the same ball park. OP is expensive because it has good schools, an involved citizenry and is located within easy distance of downtown Chicago via the Ike or mass transit. For comparison, look at my town, which has the same location advantages but not the quality of schools. Property values and taxes are amazingly lower. This is no half as difficult an equation as people are making it out to be.

Haney Ned  

Posted: November 29th, 2017 10:31 AM

I guess it depends on where you get your data from Don. Yours is obviously from the tribune from January 2017 outlining the averages within the city of Chicago. The following link shows oak park data, and the number of whites at the poverty level outpace other categories by over a thousand people. https://datausa.io/profile/geo/oak-park-il/

Ray Simpson  

Posted: November 29th, 2017 8:31 AM

You cannot believe our village government is that underhanded? They cannot figure out how to spend tax dollars on needed goods and services. To find racism here is just plain stupid!

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