Libertarian Voter Guide for DuPage November Ballot Propositions

NOVEMBER 8, 2016, GENERAL ELECTION – PROPOSITIONS
STATE OF ILLINOIS

CONSTITUTION BALLOT
PROPOSED AMENDMENT TO THE 1970 ILLINOIS CONSTITUTION

Explanation of Amendment
The proposed amendment adds a new section to the Revenue Article of the Illinois Constitution. The proposed amendment provides that no moneys derived from taxes, fees, excises, or license taxes, relating to registration, titles, operation, or use of vehicles or public highways, roads, streets, bridges, mass transit, intercity passenger rail, ports, or airports, or motor fuels, including bond proceeds, shall be expended for other than costs of administering laws related to vehicles and transportation, costs for construction, reconstruction, maintenance, repair, and betterment of public highways, roads, streets, bridges, mass transit, intercity passenger rail, ports, airports, or other forms of transportation, and other statutory highway purposes, including the State or local share to match federal aid highway funds. You are asked to decide whether the proposed amendment should become part of the Illinois Constitution.

For the proposed addition of Section 11 to Article IX of the Illinois Constitution.

VOTE NO – It’s simply a terrible way of ensuring the allocation of funds. The amendment should either be made in a general way to all apply to all budget appropriations or at least state that in the case of surplus user fees and fuel taxes will be decreased.

VILLAGE OF BURR RIDGE

PROPOSITION TO INCREASE THE LIMITING RATE
Shall the limiting rate under the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law for the Village of Burr Ridge, Cook and DuPage Counties, Illinois, be increased by an additional amount equal to 0.0499% above the limiting rate for DuPage County and 0.048% above the limiting rate for Cook County for the purpose of funding street and other infrastructure improvements within the Village for levy year 2015 and be equal to 0.1612% in DuPage County and 0.161% in Cook County of the equalized assessed value of the taxable property therein for levy year 2016?

(1) The approximate amount of taxes extendable at the most recently extended limiting rates of DuPage and Cook Counties is $1,135,241, and the approximate amount of taxes extendable if the proposition is approved is $1,635,693.
(2) For the 2016 levy year the approximate amount of the additional tax extendable against property containing a single-family residence and having a fair market value at the time of the referendum of $100,000 is estimated to be $16.63 for such property in DuPage County and $12.81 for such property in Cook County.
(3) If the proposition is approved, the aggregate extension for 2016 will be determined by the limiting rate set forth in the proposition, rather than the otherwise applicable limiting rate calculated under the provisions of the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law (commonly known as the Property Tax Cap Law).

VOTE NO – this will permanently increase property taxes in burr ridge, home values decline with higher property taxes because less people can afford to live there and even if they can who would willing to? Definitely fewer people

VILLAGE OF DOWNERS GROVE

In 2017, the Village plans to budget $3.9 million for stormwater costs. Currently, annual costs are funded with a stormwater utility fee. The Village of Downers Grove is seeking resident input to determine whether it should fund stormwater costs with a stormwater utility fee, through property taxes or with a combination of both the stormwater utility fee and property taxes. Please answer all three (3) questions below.

Question #1:
Shall the Village of Downers Grove continue to fund all stormwater costs using a stormwater utility fee instead of property taxes?
VOTE YES – people who directly use a government service should pay for that government service

Question #2:
Shall the Village of Downers Grove fund all stormwater costs using property taxes instead of a stormwater utility fee?

VOTE NO – people who are not using government water should not be forced to pay for it plus home values decline with higher property taxes because less people can afford to live there and even if they can who would willing to? Definitely fewer people

Question #3:
Shall the Village of Downers Grove fund stormwater costs using a combination of stormwater utility fees and property taxes?

VOTE NO – people not using government water should not be forced to pay for it plus home values decline with higher property taxes because less people can afford to live there and even if they can who would willing to? Definitely fewer people

VILLAGE OF GLENDALE HEIGHTS

Shall each taxing body located partially or wholly within the corporate limits of the Village of Glendale Heights be required to seek voter approval by referendum prior to increasing its annual total property tax levy?

VOTE YES – this will give voters more control and slow the ever expansion of government a little bit

CITY OF NAPERVILLE

Should the City of Naperville and the Naperville Township Road District enter into an agreement for combined roadway services as proposed by the Naperville City Council on June 7, 2016 in order to reduce the real estate tax burden on all Naperville Township taxpayers?

VOTE YES – consolidation of services will improve efficiency and reduce the tax burden

Should a township government be abolished in the City of Naperville when efficiencies and savings in delivery of township services can be demonstrated by either the City of Naperville or another governmental body performing the same services?

VOTE YES – consolidation of services will improve efficiency and reduce the tax burden

VILLAGE OF VILLA PARK

Shall the Village of Villa Park increase the Village’s Non-Home Rule Municipal Retailers’ Occupation Tax and Non-Home Rule Municipal Service Occupation Tax (commonly referred to as a “municipal sales tax”) from one half of one percent (.5%) to one percent (1.0%) for expenditure on public infrastructure in accordance with and subject to the provisions of Sections 8- 11-1.3 and 8-11-1.4 of the Illinois Municipal Code (65 ILCS 5/8-11-1.3 and 65 ILCS 5/8-11-1.4)?

VOTE NO – prevent sales taxes from rising in villa park, no one knows what “Sections 8- 11-1.3 and 8-11-1.4 of the Illinois Municipal Code (65 ILCS 5/8-11-1.3 and 65 ILCS 5/8-11-1.4” is they are hiding how they intend to spend the additional revenue in a bunch of legal bs only attorneys and accountants are meant to understand.

CITY OF WARRENVILLE

Should the City of Warrenville develop the Civic Center redevelopment site #1 (also known as the Musselman Property) as a park?

VOTE NO – the government shouldn’t be in the business of real estate development

BLOOMINGDALE TOWNSHIP

PROPOSITION TO CONSOLIDATE TOWNSHIP MOSQUITO ABATEMENT SERVICES TO BLOOMINGDALE TOWNSHIP
In order to provide greater health benefits and mosquito nuisance control, and to save taxpayers money from the 40 units of governments in DuPage County that have responsibilities in providing mosquito abatement services, shall those government authorities be consolidated into the nine DuPage County Townships to administer mosquito Abatement Programs?

VOTE YES – consolidate government services for efficiency

PROPOSITION TO ASK VOTERS IF THEY WOULD LIKE THE STATE OF ILLINOIS TO USE THEIR LOCAL PROPERTY TAX DOLLARS IN OTHER AREAS OF THE STATE
Should the State of Illinois take your local property tax dollars for schools, park, libraries and fire districts and use them in other areas of the State?

VOTE NO – on government Ponzi schemes to reallocate wealth inefficiently around the state through a bunch of committees and bureaucracies

ADDISON TOWNSHIP

PROPOSITION TO CONSOLIDATE TOWNSHIP MOSQUITO ABATEMENT SERVICES TO ADDISON TOWNSHIP
“Should the mosquito abatement districts located throughout DuPage County be consolidated and distributed equally among the nine townships in DuPage County in order to save taxpayer dollars?”

VOTE YES – consolidate government services for efficiency

WINFIELD TOWNSHIP

PROPOSITION TO CONSOLIDATE TOWNSHIP MOSQUITO ABATEMENT SERVICES TO WINFIELD TOWNSHIP

In order to provide greater health benefits and mosquito nuisance control, and to save taxpayers money from the 40 units of governments in DuPage County that have responsibilities in providing mosquito abatement services, shall those government authorities be consolidated into the nine DuPage County Townships to administer Mosquito Abatement Programs?

VOTE YES – consolidate government services for efficiency

YORK TOWNSHIP

PROPOSITION TO CONSOLIDATE TOWNSHIP MOSQUITO ABATEMENT SERVICES TO YORK TOWNSHIP
Shall the mosquito abatement districts located throughout DuPage County be consolidated and distributed equally among the nine Townships in DuPage County in order to save taxpayer dollars?

VOTE YES – consolidate government services for efficiency

NAPERVILLE TOWNSHIP

ADVISORY BALLOT QUESTION
Should the City of Naperville and the Naperville Township Road District enter into an agreement for combined roadway services as proposed by the Naperville City Council on June 7, 2016, in order to reduce the real estate tax burden on all Naperville Township taxpayers?

VOTE YES – consolidate government services for efficiency

LISLE TOWNSHIP

PROPOSITION TO CONSOLIDATE TOWNSHIP MOSQUITO ABATEMENT SERVICES TO LISLE TOWNSHIP
In order to provide greater health benefits and mosquito nuisance control, and to save taxpayers money from the 40 units of governments in DuPage County that have responsibilities in providing mosquito abatement services, shall those government authorities be consolidated into the nine DuPage County Townships to administer Mosquito Abatement Programs?

VOTE YES – consolidate government services for efficiency

DOWNERS GROVE TOWNSHIP

PROPOSITION TO CONSOLIDATE TOWNSHIP MOSQUITO ABATEMENT SERVICES TO DOWNERS GROVE TOWNSHIP
Should mosquito abatement services currently provided by more than forty (40) governmental entities located throughout DuPage County be consolidated and distributed geographically among the nine (9) Townships in DuPage County in order to increase efficiency and save taxpayer dollars?

VOTE YES – consolidate government services for efficiency

BLOOMINGDALE PARK DISTRICT

PROPOSITION TO ISSUE $9,900,000 PARK BONDS
Shall the Bloomingdale Park District, DuPage County, Illinois, improve parks and facilities of said Park District, including, but not limited to, the Johnston Recreation Center, Oasis Water Park and Springfield Park ball fields and wetlands, and issue its bonds to the amount of $9,900,000 for the purpose of paying the costs thereof?

VOTE NO – don’t force everyone in your town to pay for something only half of you want. How about a fundraiser and taking up a collection from the people who would enjoy the improvements and utilize them most. Maybe corporate sponsors? Home values decline with higher property taxes because less people can afford to live there and even if they can who would willing to? Definitely fewer people

HELEN M. PLUM MEMORIAL PUBLIC LIBRARY DISTRICT

PROPOSITION TO INCREASE THE LIMITING RATE
Shall the limiting rate under the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law for the Helen M. Plum Memorial Public Library District, DuPage County, Illinois, be increased by an additional amount equal to 0.2160% above the limiting rate for any purpose of said Library District for levy year 2015 and be equal to 0.4923% of the equalized assessed value of the taxable property therein for levy year 2016?

(1) The approximate amount of taxes extendable at the most recently extended limiting rate is $3,630,353, and the approximate amount of taxes extendable if the proposition is approved is $6,468,413.
(2) For the 2016 levy year the approximate amount of the additional tax extendable against property containing a single family residence and having a fair market value at the time of the referendum of $100,000 is estimated to be $72.00.
(3) If the proposition is approved, the aggregate extension for 2016 will be determined by the limiting rate set forth in the proposition, rather than the otherwise applicable limiting rate calculated under the provisions of the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law (commonly known as the Property Tax Cap Law).

VOTE NO – are libraries even still relevant I thought they were obsolete after the internet. How about download kindle books for a few dollars or go into a used book store. How about a privately run charitable organization run a library if it’s such a must home values decline with higher property taxes because less people can afford to live there and even if they can who would willing to? Definitely fewer people

SALT CREEK SCHOOL DISTRICT 48

PROPOSITION TO ISSUE $8,000,000 SCHOOL BUILDING BONDS
Shall the Board of Education of Salt Creek School District Number 48, DuPage County, Illinois, repair the Salt Creek Primary, Albright Middle and Stella May Swartz School Buildings and the Maintenance Building and issue bonds of said School District to the amount of $8,000,000 for the purpose of paying the costs thereof?

VOTE NO – 8 million… how much do you want to be forced to give the government? Home values decline with higher property taxes because less people can afford to live there and even if they can who would willing to? Definitely fewer people

COMMUNITY CONSOLIDATED SCHOOL DISTRICT 181

PROPOSITION TO ISSUE $53,329,194 SCHOOL BUILDING BONDS

Shall the Board of Education of Community Consolidated School District Number 181, DuPage and Cook Counties, Illinois (located primarily in Hinsdale and Clarendon Hills, Illinois), improve the site of and build and equip a new school building and issue bonds of said School District to the amount of $53,329,194 for the purpose of paying the costs thereof?

VOTE NO – 53+ million… are they insane?! How much do you want to be forced to give the government? Home values decline with higher property taxes because less people can afford to live there and even if they can who would willing to? Definitely fewer people

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3 Responses to Libertarian Voter Guide for DuPage November Ballot Propositions

  1. Anna says:

    The last one – the $53M – is for the junior high school in Hinsdale. The current building is a huge hazard. I was going to vote no until I heard the details of what a mess it is. There is mold trapped along the building, the walls are paper thin and classes can hear each other through the “walls,” a large portion of the classes are in trailers outside. The reason it would cost $53M is because that’s how high property values in Hinsdale are. In fact, many houses don’t cost much less than that here.

  2. GD says:

    Vote “yes” on mosquito spraying consolidation? HOW IS THAT LIBERTARIAN? Effectively you are saying that spraying of poison can be forced on some person/city who does not want it? Don’t libertarian beliefs dictate staying the heck out of someone else’s business and minimizing government involvement? Consolidating doesn’t minimize, it makes for a stronger governmental body that could then potentially force policy (or in this case spraying of poison) on those who don’t want it.

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