I’m the author of the article you’ve attacked. [Alarmist talk undermines electoral process, Viewpoints, March 4] I do in fact understand how little of the total property tax levy the village receives. I’m also aware that the village’s diversion of property taxes through TIF districts reduces revenues for all other taxing bodies and causes them to increase their levies to compensate. The TIFs were supposed to have increased revenues for everyone by now. They simply haven’t.

It’s also clear that the village will have great difficulty meeting its “carve-out” promises without borrowing, cutting services or raising taxes. Before accusing me and the others on our slate of ignorance or deception, you might consider including all the facts yourself.

Gary Schwab
Oak Park village president candidate

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