Shrubtown December 4, 2019

Opinion: Shrubtown

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By Marc Stopeck

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Neal Buer  

Posted: December 5th, 2019 7:01 PM

I think it is time to pass a referendum to consolidate the township, library, and park district under the control of the village. The village made the ethical choice of refusing to steal the taxpayer's TIF money. The other taxing body boards left their ethics at home, if they had any in the first place.

Jeff Schroeder from Oak Park  

Posted: December 5th, 2019 2:40 PM

This cartoon really hits the nail on the head. We just had an appraiser out to look at our house for a refinance. He specifically mentioned that our high taxes are a drag on property values. It offsets the low interest rates we have been enjoying.

Tommy McCoy  

Posted: December 4th, 2019 5:51 PM

Kevin Peppard You explain it very well although this has been coming for a long time and why it is now such a problem after the high rises and the continue building has not given any tax relief to offset the taxes is that the people who thought it was just another cup of Starbuck's, can no longer afford their Starbuck's when they want it. Once a taxing body has hit a tax payer hard enough, the tax payer is going to say I can not pay any more. So they move or they say time to stop this or explain what the taxes are for. Contact Kitty Conklin on facebook and find out how you and all of your friends who are finding the taxes in Oak Park difficult to pay for, can become part of a tax payer movement or at least express yourself in a free society

Brian Slowiak  

Posted: December 4th, 2019 5:29 PM

@ Neal And Kevin: If possible, could the would parks and library be

Kevin Peppard  

Posted: December 4th, 2019 5:29 PM

@Neal. Too many districts diffuses responsibility. Each has its own "silo" and is a separate fiefdom, where the Board Members/Commissioners/Trustees want to establish their unique legacies. The worst situation results when they jointly support a program but where no one is really in charge. The Collaboration for Early Childhood Education is an example. It sounds noble, but no one ever produces measurable outcomes. If it belongs anywhere, it would be in D97. But we go on feeling good about ourselves, measuring inputs (money) rather than outcomes (better prepared children with more than temporary gains). Is it just glorified daycare?Centralizing control means we can have a place where "the buck stops here". If these tax increases were all in one source, combating them would be easier. As it stands, the typical Oak Parker is not a political junkie like you and me, so districts get by with "It's only a cup of Starbucks every day", and people snooze it off, to their discredit. Then they complain about their tax bills, after failing to vote or bother to follow each district.

Neal Buer  

Posted: December 4th, 2019 4:35 PM

@Kevin, you are correct. I would like to see the day when our village board runs the village, library, and parks. We have too many taxing entities to follow for the average taxpayer.

Tommy McCoy  

Posted: December 4th, 2019 2:10 PM

Amanda Poppenk Massie Trustee Andrews mentioned the board meetings coming up on facebook and to contack Kitty Conklin for more information. First board meeting is on Thursday. Get the information from Kitty Conklin and not only take names, also find out if you can ask what the reason is other than they are allowed to do it

Amanda Poppenk Massie from Oaknpark  

Posted: December 4th, 2019 1:56 PM

Only thing needed u dear this cartoon are the names of each Board member who voted to take the TIF moneys. Note to all Board members, we're making a list of those that voted "yes" for future reference in elections.

Kevin Peppard  

Posted: December 4th, 2019 1:16 AM

What does this political cartoon display? It shows the failure of the vaunted Council of Governments (COG), the group that meets to coordinate local taxing bodies' efforts. The Village stood alone in holding back on large money grabs. None of this had any official appearance on the radar, although political cynics were not surprised. The Village has to start to assume the role of being the only adult in the room. It can play hardball on the various permits and zoning exceptions those districts need. It can lobby our local Senators to give it back the levying veto power over municipal libraries that it once had -- particularly in a Home-Rule Village -- the Library can levy whatever it wants, and is not subject to Tax Caps. It is constrained only by the State absolute limit on Library Levies, and has reached it. Village Trustees and President: Take the bats off your shoulders and swing. I normally would not ask for that, but this is a time to restore order. Be like the Roman statesman Cincinnatus. Abandon your plow to set the situation straight, and return to your comfortable estate when that is done. Parks: You were once run by the Village. Township: Legislation can be passed to allow your consolidation. Library: You were created by the Village. Start looking over your shoulders.

Tommy McCoy  

Posted: December 3rd, 2019 7:37 PM

Why would any tax payer think that some thing was going to happen to reduce taxes is what I find difficult to understand. It is a lot easier to keep taking tax money then to lower taxes and then have to ask for more

Kitty Conklin from Oak Park  

Posted: December 3rd, 2019 3:41 PM

This is perfect!

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