Bridgeview taxpayers on the hook for ...

Bridgeview taxpayers on the hook for Toyota Park

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Bridgeview Resident

Rockford, IL

#1 Jun 16, 2012
I just read an article from the Chicago Tribune that talks about what is really going on in Bridgeview. It shows how Bridgeview taxpayers property taxes have nearly tripled in a decade which we in Bridgeview have know. It also says the town plans on hiking property taxes even higher to subsidize the losses that stadium have created anually. The town carries one of the highest debts out of the Chicago land cities. The debt is estimated at 230 million. The town can't even cover it's recurring debt over the stadium anually. It is a gamble the mayor and town officials took and lost for Bridgeview tax payers. The city is going into ruins since Steve Landek has become mayor. We were promised worst case scenario that the stadium would break even and taxpayers wouldn't see their property tax bills go up because of the stadium. It was all lies. Now I am looking at selling and getting out of Bridgeview. I just can't afford such high property taxes and the mayors extravagant spending with taxpayers money. It is criminal what the officials have done to our town. They should resign and have somebody come in and fix this mess. If you wanna look up the article in the Chicago tribune just google Bridgeview illinois complaints and it should pop up.

Chicago, IL

#2 Jun 17, 2012
Now Landek is using his Senate clout to fund the 71st street underpass. How much of the citizen's money is he gonna pour into his Toyota Park "money pit"?
Bridgeview Resident

Rockford, IL

#3 Jun 17, 2012
Yeah Landek got his property taxes cut in half by claiming hardship. I am blown away at the tactics him and his cronies use to get away with everything. When taxpayers in Bridgeview can't catch a break. I hope get a decent price for my house. I just can't afford taxes going up any higher. With all the corruption, who looks out for the honest taxpayer?
Bridgeview Resident

Rockford, IL

#4 Jun 18, 2012
Bridgeview has gone to the dogs
Bridgeview Resident

Rockford, IL

#5 Jun 23, 2012
Yeah now the 71st street underpass is delayed opening until 2013. This is crap. We haven't been able to use 71st street for like 9 months now alreay. I am sick of going 2 miles out of my way instead of being able to use MY street I live on to get through to my home. Unbelievable how this village treats it's residents. You can't use our streets during stadium events and now you have to go 2 miles out of your way every time you go somewhere insteading of being able to get right through on 71st. I mean even with the train tracks you could at least get through when there wasn't a train. And this excuse oh we ouldn't find the cables is a lie I think. It just gave them more time and another story to tell residents along with their other lies. Yeah and the economy is bad is their excuse for gambling away 230 million dollars that Bridgeview is now in the hole for. I think the whole administration of Bridgeview needs to be replaced. And the government should be investigating how this is damaging taxpayers.

Since: Feb 08

Palos Hills, IL

#6 Jun 25, 2012
I moved here in 2005 in hopes that taxes would be low because of new development. I was sooo wrong. I should have stayed in Palos Hills. I fear nobody will be able to sell their homes BECAUSE of the high taxes. The future will most likley be even worse..How high can they go.

Does anyone have any suggestions????
Bridgeview resident

Rockford, IL

#7 Jun 29, 2012
yeah you're taxes can go up and will go up again soon. Mine have tripled and so have many others in Bridgeview I have talked to. I heard from a village employee the village will have to raise them again cuz of subsidizing the losses from the stadium. The stadium has turned into a nightmare for us taxpayers in Bridgeview. i have read that stadiums for villages are one of the worst investments. Bridgeview gambled and lost. Now the trustees and mayor are using the economy as a scapegoat. I hope and pray I can sell my house and get out before the taxes go too high and can't afford them. I have heard of people that already have fallen behind and can't afford the increases and Bridgeview is trying to take their properties. It is scarry times ahead for all of us in Bridgeview.

Palos Hills, IL

#8 Jun 29, 2012
When you get your taxes, sit down, and then look at the line Village of Bridgeview. I believe if I remember correctly , taxes increased over 36% from last year. To all those thinking of selling, good luck. Who is going to buy here when they see what our taxes are. We are one of the highest in Cook Co. You can only blame the economy for so much. I wish they would at least be honest with us and admit they gambled and lost. It also appears their worst case scenerio wasn't the worst.

You would think they could at least throw us a few free tickets for events in the stadium that we are paying for.
Fed Up

United States

#9 Jul 15, 2012
Bankruptcy is right around the corner. The corruption is runaway. The incompetence is shocking and is comparable to Robbins, Harvey, Riverdale.
Hoo Boy

North Aurora, IL

#10 Jul 15, 2012
We at the Village of Justice feel your pain. We, also have incompetent politicians that only look after themselves. These politicians have not only raised our water bill but also plan to raise our property taxes as well.
Bridgeview Taxes

Hoffman Estates, IL

#11 Aug 11, 2012
My property taxes have actually gone down by $500. We'll see if they increase for next year though.
I appealed and won.
Former Bridgeview Residen

Palos Hills, IL

#12 Aug 25, 2012
I moved from Bridgeview after so many years of misery. Hey "Bridgeview Taxes", you must be related to the mayor. Cuz, as far as I know Landek is the only one that got a break on taxes in Bridgeview. Bridgeview gambled and lost. The stadium has been the worst investment that they could have went into. It is now a mess. I don't know how the Bridgeview Village Hall is still going after the scandal. You go in there and the air conditioning is ice cold and the office workers are sitting on their butts doing nothing. Every time I have been in there in the last year I have seen these office workers act like residents should be grateful they serve them when they come in. Bridgeview is the town I grew up in. Mayor Oremus knew how to operate the village within it's means. Landek operates as if it's a blank check.

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