Against the OPRF fund balance from the start

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Steve Nations

I ask the voters of River Forest and Oak Park to think about how you want the OPRF High School board to act next December when it's time to once again consider raising your property taxes.

There has been an erosion of trust and good will between the D200 board and the citizens of our two villages, and the biggest reason is the huge fund balance and the continuing votes to raise the tax levy, most recently last December. Wednesday Journal, per its editorials on this issue, agrees with me (See Viewpoints, Feb. 27).

However, a majority of the candidates — including those endorsed by the Journal — have been quiet on this issue. I think it's wrong to ignore the biggest issue on the minds of the voters this election.

I am not a one-issue candidate and throughout this campaign I've shared the many ideas I have on the other issues facing the district. But after reading the endorsements, I feel this issue has been largely ignored. From the very beginning, I have been opposed to the large fund balance and opposed to the December vote to raise the tax levy. I've said that in print and in public.

Please consider that when you vote on April 9.

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Future Huskies  

Posted: April 5th, 2013 10:48 AM

Thanks for the link to the FAQ, Speedway. I think this also answers Mr. Nations' point about why the other candidates aren't talking about the surplus...and why Mr. Nations didn't get my vote. The fund balance has reasons for being. I also find it interesting to note that my 2 little ones will be part of this mini-boom in enrollment in the early 2020's. Seeing the #s of toddlers/preschoolers around our neighborhood, I believe it!

Speedway from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: April 5th, 2013 10:29 AM

To Unfortunately, info on the Ehler study can be found on financeanswers.oprfhs.org web site.

Unfortunately  

Posted: April 3rd, 2013 4:51 PM

UNBELIEVABLE!?! What? My mail just brought a propaganda piece from OPRF - paid for by the taxpayers. I went to the site that it mentioned and right away I cried "garbage!" Why? They said that our prop taxes really aren't that bad compared to other suburban districts and then listed the districts - every one of them either/both majority minority or low income. Yeah, talk about lies, damn lies and statistics! And then NOTHING regarding info on the "study" that shows 25% enrollment increase!

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