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Calling BS

Kings Mountain, NC

#490 Jan 18, 2013
Midlothian voter wrote:
<quoted text>Just in case you didn't know there there is a form on the village web site for freedom of information that you can request to the village. I would think that if you are a trustee for a village and get paid by them every two weeks, you would pay your water bill to the village on time, and not blow it all at the bars.
So you're saying that this random citizen just decided to file an FOI request on Jerry's water bill? No one in the village office cued her in on what to ask for? This is assuming an FOI was even filed. We both know that's total BS!

Furthermore, it takes the village 7-10 days to complete an FOI request and any petition objections have to be filed within 6 days of the petition filing deadline. So Ms Doran would have had to have filed an FOI request immediately after Jerry filed his petitions and hoped that the village got her the requested information in the quickest time possible. Then, she would have had to have gotten to her lawyer and had him work up the legal paper work for the objection. Then she would have had to get back to the village hall and file the objection!

Truth be told, this was an illegal and unethical inside job. Just like 2 years ago with another candidate. It was a BS story then and it's a BS story now.
Fixit

Blue Island, IL

#493 Jan 18, 2013
Sassy wrote:
bringing business to midlothian would strenghthen the economic base of the community keeping the residential taxes lower. currently almost everyhouse in Midlothian country club is carrying a tax rate of 9000 a year or better. even small homes are around the 2000 mark. Business have gone out of business for the same reasons that they have everywhere around the country if not the world. There have been a few businesses that have returned and stayed because of him. however the taxes are unbelievable cook county has hit some of the business owners with tax rates that would litterly cost them the previous years taxes to hire attorney to appeal the current years taxes. I am not sure what the factors are used in dividing the dollars between local and county but they are clearly very optomistic in peoples ability to pay such exorbitant amounts. There are several homes in midlothian gardens area that are at the 7000 mark for annual taxes. people are being taxes out of their homes.
agreed you dont paint the livingroom if the roof is leaking.
Tax Bills will Decide

Chicago, IL

#494 Jan 18, 2013
Annual Financial Report wrote:
http://www.comptrollerconnect. ioc.state.il.us/Office/LocalGo vt/ViewReports2002/FY2012/MPFR eport/AFRMPCoverPg.cfm?OrigPag e=http://www.ioc.state.il.us/O ffice/LocalGovt/Index.cfm& Code=016/360/32&CFY=2012 &FY=2012&UserName=016/ 360/32&C4=32&OptionSel =&BetaSel=M&County=COO K&GroupBy=&C1=MU
Tax bills due before the April 9, 2013 election will be a huge factor when taxpayers see the accumulated debt!
Fixit

Blue Island, IL

#495 Jan 18, 2013
ok, looks like cook taxes based on value of home with assessors office?
bottom line

Kings Mountain, NC

#496 Jan 18, 2013
If ANY of the objections had any merit they would not have been dropped. The village's electoral board could have thrown them all off the ballot. Any appeals would have run through the county court system. The only cost would be to the objectors and the would-be candidates. Dropping these objections had NOTHING to do with saving the village money! Nice "spin" however!
clinton

Midlothian, IL

#498 Jan 18, 2013
Watcher karen didnt want the village attorney(or mayors attorney) in there cause it would be a conflict of interest.It is so simple to see you be must al or schavone.
Wrong

Chicago, IL

#499 Jan 18, 2013
Fixit wrote:
ok, looks like cook taxes based on value of home with assessors office?
“We thought people ought to know where their property tax money is going. Since they pay their property taxes to the county, people think that’s who gets the money.
“The property tax money goes to as many as 10, 11, 12, 14 taxing bodies and they’re all running up debt.
“It’s like when the tax bill arrives in the mailbox every taxpayer is getting a bill for 14 credit cards.”
On the second installment property tax bill in the fall, Cook County has been printing information about the percentage each taxing body is responsible for, which is a relatively new innovation.
Pappas said this “is just an opportunity to put out more information so people can find out why they’re being taxed out of their homes.”
Pappas said a letter will be included with the tax bills explaining the information.
That’s not going to sit well with local government leaders who have complained in the past that Pappas is distributing financial information that is misleading.
“The financial information comes from them,” she said.“If they don’t like it, then give us other information.”
Stop

Chicago, IL

#500 Jan 19, 2013
“Stop worrying about what’s going on in Europe or the national debt and the state’s finances and find out what’s going on in your local government.
“Their debt keeps going up every year, and it is only going to get worse,” Pappas said.“We’re going to turn into a nation of renters because people can’t afford to stay in their homes. Parents who have paid off their mortgages can’t leave their homes to their children because their children can’t pay the property taxes.
“People need to go to the local government and say,‘This has to stop. No more.’”
Bonds

Chicago, IL

#501 Jan 19, 2013
Our view: Doubts about towns’ water plans

SouthtownStar editorial January 18, 2013 11:28PM

A major benefit of residing in the Chicago region, one often taken for granted in the past, is the plentiful supply of high-quality Lake Michigan water for homes and businesses. But these days, hardly anyone is taking water for granted.

That’s because lake water, which is more expensive than well water, is getting even more costly — to the point where some suburbs are looking at alternatives, including forming water agencies, to try to save money.

We acknowledge the political heat that municipal officials are under as water rates rise sharply, but we’re uneasy about them trying to operate their own water systems. Doing so involves great cost and substantial risk — taking on high levels of debt to build or acquire water lines and pumping stations and operate them.

An official of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources warns that creating a new water distribution system is “extraordinarily difficult” because of the financial, legal and technical challenges involved. But several towns in South Cook and Will counties are not being deterred.

Seven towns have formed the South Suburban Joint Area Water Agency to explore getting lake water from Whiting, Ind., rather than Chicago via a new pipeline. Five others belong to the Northern Will County Water Agency, which plans to take over the water system of a private utility that town officials believe has gouged their residents for many years. Many other municipalities are chafing at the higher cost of water but see no alternative to Chicago.

Driving the unrest is Chicago’s decision to nearly double its lake water rate over four years, through 2015, to cover the cost of a massive project to improve its aging water delivery system. The 12 towns that get lake water from Chicago via Oak Lawn face added costs because of Oak Lawn’s plan to upgrade and expand its water system over four years.

With more suburbs going deeper into debt, using their home-rule power or a special kind of bond to avoid borrowing limits, towns need to be very careful about pursuing major water projects. Will towns really save significant money long-term? We’re not sure, but they better be.
fixit

Blue Island, IL

#502 Jan 19, 2013
Lets not be too cheap with our water we dont want the problems crestwood had. need to do the homework.
Wondering

Blue Island, IL

#503 Jan 19, 2013
what happened to crestwood?
Voter

Midlothian, IL

#504 Jan 19, 2013
Does anyone know what percentage of midlothian actually voted in last Mayoral election?
fixit

Blue Island, IL

#505 Jan 19, 2013
Wondering wrote:
what happened to crestwood?
google it
bottom line

Atlanta, GA

#506 Jan 19, 2013
Voter wrote:
Does anyone know what percentage of midlothian actually voted in last Mayoral election?
I think about 3,400 people voted. There's probably about 7,500 valid registered voters.
Rybak Votes

Midlothian, IL

#507 Jan 19, 2013
Stop wrote:
“Stop worrying about what’s going on in Europe or the national debt and the state’s finances and find out what’s going on in your local government.
“Their debt keeps going up every year, and it is only going to get worse,” Pappas said.“We’re going to turn into a nation of renters because people can’t afford to stay in their homes. Parents who have paid off their mortgages can’t leave their homes to their children because their children can’t pay the property taxes.
“People need to go to the local government and say,‘This has to stop. No more.’”
As D228 board member Rybak voted to raise your taxes the last few years with NO input from the public. They did this while they have over 24MILLION sitting in an a BTTS account eaning 1 or 2%.
It doesn't look like they balanced the 228 budget and are offering less opportunities to our kids who attend these schools. She hasn't stood up for her alma mater as they have been treated like a red headed step child in the district. While other schools may have a gifted program Bremen has none.
Rybak Votes

Midlothian, IL

#508 Jan 19, 2013
Stop wrote:
“Stop worrying about what’s going on in Europe or the national debt and the state’s finances and find out what’s going on in your local government.
“Their debt keeps going up every year, and it is only going to get worse,” Pappas said.“We’re going to turn into a nation of renters because people can’t afford to stay in their homes. Parents who have paid off their mortgages can’t leave their homes to their children because their children can’t pay the property taxes.
“People need to go to the local government and say,‘This has to stop. No more.’”
As D228 board member Rybak voted to raise your taxes the last few years with NO input from the public. They did this while they have over 24MILLION sitting in an a BTTS account eaning less than 2%.
It doesn't look like they balanced the 228 budget and are offering less opportunities to our kids who attend these schools. She hasn't stood up for her alma mater as they been treated like a red headed step child in the district. One example is the fact that we do not have a gifted/talented student program while Oak Forest does and it has money budgeted for it.
No More

Chicago, IL

#509 Jan 19, 2013
Wrong wrote:
<quoted text>
“We thought people ought to know where their property tax money is going. Since they pay their property taxes to the county, people think that’s who gets the money.
“The property tax money goes to as many as 10, 11, 12, 14 taxing bodies and they’re all running up debt.
“It’s like when the tax bill arrives in the mailbox every taxpayer is getting a bill for 14 credit cards.”
On the second installment property tax bill in the fall, Cook County has been printing information about the percentage each taxing body is responsible for, which is a relatively new innovation.
Pappas said this “is just an opportunity to put out more information so people can find out why they’re being taxed out of their homes.”
Pappas said a letter will be included with the tax bills explaining the information.
That’s not going to sit well with local government leaders who have complained in the past that Pappas is distributing financial information that is misleading.
“The financial information comes from them,” she said.“If they don’t like it, then give us other information.”
How many new taxes have been added?
Taxed to Death

Chicago, IL

#510 Jan 19, 2013
Home Rule municipalities have added taxes without voter approval.
The debt keeps going up every year, and is worse. "We’re going to be taxed right out of our homes."
“People need to go to the village meetings because this has to stop.
Deeper into Debt

Chicago, IL

#511 Jan 19, 2013
Bonds wrote:
Our view: Doubts about towns’ water plans
SouthtownStar editorial January 18, 2013 11:28PM
A major benefit of residing in the Chicago region, one often taken for granted in the past, is the plentiful supply of high-quality Lake Michigan water for homes and businesses. But these days, hardly anyone is taking water for granted.
That’s because lake water, which is more expensive than well water, is getting even more costly — to the point where some suburbs are looking at alternatives, including forming water agencies, to try to save money.
We acknowledge the political heat that municipal officials are under as water rates rise sharply, but we’re uneasy about them trying to operate their own water systems. Doing so involves great cost and substantial risk — taking on high levels of debt to build or acquire water lines and pumping stations and operate them.
An official of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources warns that creating a new water distribution system is “extraordinarily difficult” because of the financial, legal and technical challenges involved. But several towns in South Cook and Will counties are not being deterred.
Seven towns have formed the South Suburban Joint Area Water Agency to explore getting lake water from Whiting, Ind., rather than Chicago via a new pipeline. Five others belong to the Northern Will County Water Agency, which plans to take over the water system of a private utility that town officials believe has gouged their residents for many years. Many other municipalities are chafing at the higher cost of water but see no alternative to Chicago.
Driving the unrest is Chicago’s decision to nearly double its lake water rate over four years, through 2015, to cover the cost of a massive project to improve its aging water delivery system. The 12 towns that get lake water from Chicago via Oak Lawn face added costs because of Oak Lawn’s plan to upgrade and expand its water system over four years.
With more suburbs going deeper into debt, using their home-rule power or a special kind of bond to avoid borrowing limits, towns need to be very careful about pursuing major water projects. Will towns really save significant money long-term? We’re not sure, but they better be.
Epic Failure.
Results

Chicago, IL

#512 Jan 19, 2013
Voter wrote:
Does anyone know what percentage of midlothian actually voted in last Mayoral election?
Thomas J. Murawski (Independent Party)
21.12%
707

Terry Stephens (Independent)
78.88%
2,640

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