April 13 Election Referendum- "Village of Midlothian, Limitation of Tax Levy"

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Oh Really

Alsip, IL

#1 Mar 15, 2013
Question Yes No
"Shall the Village of Midlothian, Cook County, Illinois limit any increase in the Total Tax Levy to the amount levied for the previous year plus the lesser of 5% or the increase in the Consumer Price Index (Urban) for the previous calendar year for 2012 and subsequent years?"
Yes

Greenville, MI

#2 Mar 15, 2013
Tricky read but the village shall be limited and I want my refund. That's what the lawyer is good for....the wording could be misleading because it has Total Tax Levy capitalized.
So the correct answer is

Clarendon Hills, IL

#3 Mar 15, 2013
Goodness, it shouldn't be this hard to decipher, and I am not a stupid person. So it sounds like I should vote yes or expect more huge increases?

“26 year Midlo resident”

Since: Feb 09

Wichita, Kansas

#4 Mar 15, 2013
It seems like it is worded like it wants you pick the wrong thing for us. I will have to give it a good look.

I wonder who wrote this up?
I want my town back

Alsip, IL

#5 Mar 15, 2013
Basically a vote no is a vote FOR higher taxes and a vote yes is a vote AGAINST higher taxes. I wonder who wrote this because the wording is bad. Maybe people want voters to be confused and vote for a tax increase. They can spend even more money because after all we haven't run out of money yet.

Since: Mar 13

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#6 Mar 15, 2013
Fact Check

Blue Island, IL

#7 Mar 15, 2013
In simple terms, all non home rule units of government are limited by a state law abbreviated as PTELL in how they can raise property taxes from year to year. All non home rule municipalities, and all park districts, school districts, library districts, etc., can put forth an increase in the levy of 5% yearly or whatever is the current Consumer Price Indez, whichever of those numbers is less. So if the CPI is 1.5, then the maximum levy increase is 1.5%, however, if the CPI is greater than 5%, say 10 or 11, the max you can go period is a 5% increase. Once you get home rule, the town can raise its property taces 50%, 100% or 1,000% if it wants to. Basically the village board put forth a restriction on itself by adopting the non home rule policy when it comes to property taxes. Voting yes and having this question pass will put voter mandated limits on the property tax increases from year to year that the village board cannot overrule. Hope that made it simpler to understand.

Since: Mar 13

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#9 Mar 15, 2013
Thank you fact check....

Oh yes, and the election is the 9th of April!
youaresayingthen

Chicago, IL

#10 Mar 15, 2013
Fact check, if we vote NO then they can raise them all they want and if we vote Yes, then there is a limit? Only Terrys stooge McGrath can and will write this to have us confused and bending over to grab our ankles more.
Fact Check

Blue Island, IL

#11 Mar 15, 2013
If you vote yes then the absolute maximum year to year raise in the dollar amount of your property taxes from the Village of Midlothian is 5%, often it will be less because the CPI is usually less than 5%, in which case they go by the lesser amount. If you vote no, then the Village of Midlothian could in theory put forth any increase they wanted in property taxes.

I will note again, that this is the current Village Board of Midlothian putting a question on the ballot to limit its own property taxing authority.

In terms of the writing, there is a certain legal way to write the question. Nobody ever said legalese was easy to read, but it is saying correctly what it is supposed to...even if some people are confused....I guess that is a prerequisite for living in Illinois/Cook County...all laws must be written in complicated forms.

So if you want a limit on property taxes, your vote on the referendum should be Yes.
Fact Check

Blue Island, IL

#12 Mar 15, 2013
unregistered poster wrote:
Thank you fact check....
Oh yes, and the election is the 9th of April!
No problem. When I see a question about facts, I always try to clarify. Often clarity gets lost in the current of all the other "talk" on topix.
youaresayingthen

Chicago, IL

#13 Mar 16, 2013
Thank You Fact Check.
Referendum

Chicago, IL

#14 Mar 16, 2013
"Village of Midlothian, Limitation of Tax Levy"

"Shall the Village of Midlothian, Cook County, Illinois limit any increase in the Total Tax Levy to the amount levied for the previous year plus the lesser of 5% or the increase in the Consumer Price Index (Urban) for the previous calendar year for 2012 and subsequent years?"
well

Blue Island, IL

#15 Mar 16, 2013
Isn't the election April 9th?
We Need The Taxes

Lemont, IL

#16 Mar 16, 2013
Signed the Village of Midlothian. By voting no you give us the authority to tax without a cap and in return we can buy more office furniture and hire more experts!

“26 year Midlo resident”

Since: Feb 09

Wichita, Kansas

#17 Mar 17, 2013
So it seems a yes vote is best for the residents. Having a limiting factor.
Oh Really

Country Club Hills, IL

#18 Mar 17, 2013
Yep, sorry, the election is the 9th, I don't know how I did that! It's really nice to know that everyone is paying attention!:)
No Vote

United States

#19 Mar 18, 2013
Village wants the yes vote, a no vote means a refund of the 600,000 plus that was over taxed
interesting

United States

#20 Mar 18, 2013
No Vote wrote:
Village wants the yes vote, a no vote means a refund of the 600,000 plus that was over taxed
Earlier everyone said just the opposite. Which message is Sharon trying to convey. She is telling people to vote yes and then apparently you go to some meeting tonight and now she wants a no vote. So basically she doesn't understand the referendum. Interesting. Isn't that what she is saying about everyone else?
No Vote

Twin Lakes, WI

#21 Mar 19, 2013
Sharon/Kohlstedt didn't say which way to vote they said if you vote yes you limit the village with a tax cap but stated that due to the rate being higher in Cook County that the village collected 600,000 too much and will have to refund taxpayers. By voting no you are supporting that you want your money refunded which is money the village needs due to the budget issues. The tax rate would follow the ordinance we passed in 2009.

They didn't say vote yes or no but pretty much said the question has more to do with whether the village gets to keep the surplus tax dollars or refund it.

Yes = Village keeps surplus taxes
No = Refund of surplus taxes like last year

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