It's our tax money

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Always a good sign when our local taxing bodies are focused on reducing the property taxes we pay. We're hopeful that OPRF will win a good share of new state grant funding dedicated to high-taxed districts. Possible that District 97 will get a small share, too.

However, we're not likely to give either district any credit when they boast about ways they are returning tax dollars which they have improperly collected, via miscalculations or perversions of tax referendum hikes that citizens generously provided. District 200 drove up its obscene cash balance by actively scamming a loophole tied to a referendum. D97 erred in its calculations on a referendum and has been actively returning that money. Good for them, but its not like they're doing taxpayers a favor.

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Neal Buer from Oak Park  

Posted: January 3rd, 2019 10:37 AM

Rather than looking quick and temporary fixes, lets focus on spending. The real long term solution is eliminating everything we can live without. Instead the schools are still looking for things to spend money on. SMH.

Nick A Binotti  

Posted: January 3rd, 2019 10:03 AM

This was the shriveled carrot dangled out in the state's new and expensive evidence-based funding formula that requires the state to increase ed funding by $350M/year, every year. If the state fails to meet this burdensome threshold, this program dies. The state only allocated $50M for this program, so how much we're eligible for remains to be seen. Make no mistake, OP/RF residents will eventually pay for this "rebate" via much higher state income taxes to fund the new education formula. The game here is to keep the cattle on the ranch focused on the silos and not the slaughterhouse.

Brian Slowiak  

Posted: January 3rd, 2019 9:44 AM

Isnt the use of a state grant to assist Oak Park just using other peoples tax money to help Oak Park? The one time grant should be issued with the caveat that Oak Park must take action to solve the Oak Park debt problem. Otherwise we are just shifting tax from one area to another.

Bruce Kline  

Posted: January 2nd, 2019 11:32 PM

You're right Dori. The WJ frequently gets their facts all mixed up. Mr. Haley: D97 is NOT returning their ill begotten tax gains. You - or your surrogate - should know better.

Dori Bernstein  

Posted: January 2nd, 2019 10:51 PM

Editorial writer, Can you explain how D97 is actively returning overtaxed money. Didn't they just take the maximum levy, plus additional for expected development. Doesn't their levy ask compound the error?

Tom MacMillan from Oak Park  

Posted: January 2nd, 2019 9:52 PM

if our local taxing bodies "win" state grants, all they are doing is taking money from us in a different way. We pay the taxes that fund those grants. How this is going to end up is that we are going to pay more taxes to fund grants and we are also going to pay more money to fund referendums and projects that get "imagined" around here. Talk about reducing taxes is just talk. Slow down with the excitement over talk.

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