Many of us understand that the last three years have been a very difficult economically for Oak Park. Higher taxes to fund a fiscally irresponsible school District 97 will place more hardships on those in our community who are unemployed, retired or those who are on the employment bubble.
Oak Park has seen its population drop in the last 10 years and its traditional minority population has decreased. Oak Park's affordability is hurting its diversity. Higher taxes will keep away young families and force others in our community to move out. I moved to Oak Park 11 years ago because of its particular sense of community, and I want to keep that alive. That is why I am voting no on the District 97 referendum.