Taxpayers Fight Home Rule Push in Crestwood

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Chicago – Jim Tobin, President of Taxpayers United of America’s (TUA), has announced that taxpayers will be fighting Home Rule in the Village of Crestwood.

“In the upcoming November elections, wealthy government bureaucrats want voters to approve Home Rule for their communities,” said Tobin. “Home Rule is a disaster. It gives unlimited taxing authority to local bureaucrats to fund their lavish, gold plated pensions. Illinois is broke, because of an unsustainable pension system. Taxpayers must reject Home Rule on the November 3 ballot.”

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Tobin emphasizes that Home Rule always means higher taxes. “Home Rule means, literally, unlimited taxing power,” said Tobin. “A home rule municipality can create just about any tax under the sun and raise taxes without limit.”

“I call it ‘Home Ruin.’ Why would anyone want to give up the right to vote on property tax increases?”

“Home Rule removes the cap limiting the amount that bureaucrats can increase property taxes. It gives bureaucrats a blank check. How many government bureaucrats would you trust with a blank check bearing your signature?”


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Taxpayers United of America (TUA), working with local Glenview, IL taxpayers to defeat a massive property tax increase benefitting School Dist. 34, received a hostile response from Mike Korman, a Glenview School Dist. 34 board member. Korman supports the $119,000,000 (plus interest) property tax increase on March 17.

Not happy that some taxpayers dare to oppose property tax increases, Mike Korman released a statement online. “This is NOT a Glenview based entity,” said Korman. “This is a 501(c)(4) entity that’s brags it has defeated 432 referenda in Illinois.”

“This is typical of responses we get from government school board members,” said Jim Tobin, president of TUA. “Like most tax thieves, he obviously expects taxpayers to shut up and take whatever tax increase he dictates. Why else would he think 432 victories for taxpayers against higher property taxes are a bad thing?”

“Bond issues always result in property tax increases,” said Tobin. “We are glad to spread the word about what’s really going on. Unless Glenview taxpayers want even higher property taxes, they should vote no on the $119,000,000 (plus interest) property tax increase on March 17.”

“Eighty percent of local spending goes to salaries and benefits of government employees, and taxes now support much of the lavish, gold-plated pensions they get after early retirement.”

“Taxpayers are always shocked when they are told just how much these retired government school employees get after retirement, especially when they realize it’s their income and property taxes that are subsidizing their luxurious lifestyles.”

“For example, William Attea retired from Glenview SD34 at age 57, and currently gets an astounding annual pension of $225,989. He has received, to date, $4,088,864. His estimated lifetime pension payout is $4,547,622.”

“Taxpayers must defeat all property tax increase referenda on the March 17 primary ballot.”

“And it’s crucial that taxpayers oppose the Income Theft Amendment that Gov. Jay Robert ‘J. B.’ Pritzker put on the November 3 ballot.”

Red Light Camera Tax To Be Reigned In

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A bi-partisan bill recently passed the Illinois House of Representatives that would ban red light cameras in non-Home Rule municipalities. The bill passed 84-4 on Wednesday and will now move to the Illinois Senate.

“Banning unreliable red-light cameras in non-Home Rule municipalities is a win for taxpayers, but Springfield can do better,” said Matthew Schultz, Executive Director of Taxpayers United of America (TUA). “The primary function of red-light cameras is to steal money from taxpayers with an indirect tax. If the bill becomes law, bureaucrats in non-Home Rule municipalities will be barred from imposing this tax.

“In fact,” added Schultz, “This provides a stronger reason for taxpayers to reject Home Rule in the March 17 election.”

“As TUA founder and President Jim Tobin has always said, Home Rule means home ruin. With Home Rule, local bureaucrats can run wild with tax increases.  Home Rule means bureaucrats are no longer  limited on how high property taxes can be increased; it robs taxpayers of the right to directly vote on tax increases; it puts a municipality on the path of creating a municipal income tax, and may be the only way a local government can introduce red light cameras.”

“Taxpayers need to reject Home Rule referenda and the upcoming state income tax increase in the election on November 3. Local and state governments need to learn to live within their means like taxpayers. The only way for taxpayers to get that message across is to defeat these huge tax increase measures whenever they are on the ballot.”