Protest the library's levy increase

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I love the Oak Park Public Library. I am a frequent user of both the Maze branch and the main library. I have always felt that the library was one of the best returns on my tax dollar. However, I am very disappointed and angry by the increase in the tax levy and the capture of the TIF dollars. Why was the levy increased if the library was going to capture an incremental $693K with the TIF expiration? 

Our property tax burden is high and not increasing the levy could have provided some relief. If we really want economic diversity in this village, we need to stop this practice. Please reach out to Matt Fruth (m.fruth@oppl.org) at Oak Park Public Library to express your displeasure and ask him to reverse this money grab. Just because the library can take the money does not mean it should.

Lisa Reed

Oak Park

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Kevin Peppard  

Posted: November 12th, 2019 6:29 PM

@Lisa Reed: It's worse than you think The Library's proposed budget shows that after it pays off all its debt next year, it wants to continue the equivalent taxation for the indefinite future, even though there will be no debt to service. See p. 73 of their budget on their website, from the October Board Minutes. When we voted those bonds in via referendum (to be the new library), we were told that paying for it was for only a fixed number of years. Now they want it in perpetuity, growing at 3% each year. The unmitigated arrogance! It'a 28% increase in two years over where it would have been. The Village, which does its taxing for it, wants to keep things to 3% per year. The Village can refuse to pass those taxes through. I won't just be writing an Opinion Piece on this. I'll turn it into a news story and movement. Wednesday Journal: Do you want it before the Oak Leaves? If you read the Oak Park Property Tax Watch Facebook page, you'd realize that a movement has already formed to stop this via the back door: Have the Village Board lay down the law to the Library Board, created by the Village. Discipline your misbehaving child, Village Trustees. The rest of you citizens: Join in or kick back and watch what will be symbolically more violent than "Bonnie & Clyde", which I am watching as I write this.

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