April 4, 2017, Consolidated General Election

by Matt Skopek

Libertarian Suggestions

ADDISON TOWNSHIP

Should Addison Township pursue consolidation of government entities that presently have no elected oversight?

VOTE YES -If the citizens do not have the power to elect leadership in social programs, consolidate the operations to people they do elect.

BARTLETT FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT

PROPOSITION TO INCREASE THE EXTENSION LIMITATION OF THE BARTLETT FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT

Shall the extension limitation under the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law for the Bartlett Fire Protection District, Cook and DuPage Counties, Illinois be increased from 5% or the percentage increase in the Consumer Price Index over the prior levy year to 19.5% for levy year 2017?

VOTE NO – Inefficient government bureaucracies should not be rewarded with additional tax dollars for causing budgetary problems via wasteful spending.

(1) For the 2017 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 $33.49 in Cook County and $42.84 in DuPage County.

VOTE NO.

BENJAMIN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL DISTRICT 25

PROPOSITION TO INCREASE DEBT SERVICE EXTENSION BASE

Shall the debt service extension base under the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law for Benjamin School District Number 25, DuPage County, Illinois, for payment of principal and interest on limited bonds be increased from $582,671.48 to $997,500 for the 2018 levy year and all subsequent levy years, such debt service extension base to be increased each year by the lesser of 5% or the percentage increase in the Consumer Price Index during the 12-month calendar year preceding the levy year?

VOTE NO – Increasing debt will only leave future generations to foot the bill.

BLOOMINGDALE TOWNSHIP

Shall Bloomingdale Township establish and maintain community mental health facilities and services including services for the person with a developmental disability or substance disorder and levy therefore an annual tax of not to exceed .15%?

VOTE NO – The DuPage County Health Department already does this for the entire county.

CENTER CASS SCHOOL DISTRICT 66

PROPOSITION TO ISSUE $12,910,000 SCHOOL BUILDING BONDS

Shall the Board of Education of Center Cass School District Number 66, DuPage County, Illinois, build and equip additions to, improve the sites, safety and security of and alter, repair and equip the Elizabeth Ide and Lakeview Junior High School Buildings, improve the sites, safety and security of and alter, repair and equip the Prairieview School Building and issue bonds of said School District to the amount of $12,910,000 for the purpose of paying the costs thereof?

VOTE NO.

COMMUNITY HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT 94

PROPOSITION TO ISSUE $37,500,000 SCHOOL BUILDING BONDS

Shall the Board of Education of West Chicago Community High School District Number 94, DuPage County, Illinois, alter, repair and equip the West Chicago High School Building, improve the site thereof, build and equip an addition thereon and issue bonds of said School District to the amount of $37,500,000 for the purpose of paying the costs thereof?

VOTE NO.

COMMUNITY UNIT SCHOOL DISTRICT 200

PROPOSITION TO ISSUE $132,500,000 SCHOOL BUILDING BONDS

Shall the Board of Education of Wheaton Warrenville Community Unit School District Number 200, DuPage County, Illinois, alter, repair, equip and improve the sites of the District’s elementary and high school buildings, including, but not limited to, improving secure entrances, roofs, mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems, library learning centers, and a technology lab; build additions to, alter, repair, equip and improve the sites of Edison, Franklin and Monroe Middle Schools; build and equip a new building to replace the District’s early learning center;

VOTE NO.

FOX RIVER AND COUNTRYSIDE FIRE/RESCUE DISTRICT

Shall the extension limitation under the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law for the Fox River & Countryside Fire/Rescue District, Kane and DuPage Counties, Illinois, be increased from the lesser of 5% or the percentage increase in the Consumer Price Index over the prior levy year to 95% per year for the 2017 levy year?

VOTE NO.

For the 2017 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 $86.00.

VOTE NO.

GLEN ELLYN SCHOOL DISTRICT 41

PROPOSITION TO ISSUE $24,200,000 SCHOOL BUILDING BONDS

Shall the Board of Education of Glen Ellyn School District Number 41, DuPage County, Illinois, build and equip an addition to, eliminate the portable classrooms at and improve the site of the Hadley Junior High School Building, alter, repair and equip the Abraham Lincoln, Benjamin Franklin, Churchill and Forest Glen Elementary and Hadley Junior High School Buildings to provide life safety, restroom and other improvements and issue bonds of said School District to the amount of $24,200,000 for the purpose of paying the costs thereof?

VOTE NO.

HINSDALE TOWNSHIP HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT 86

PROPOSITION TO ISSUE $76,000,000 SCHOOL BUILDING BONDS

Shall the Board of Education of Hinsdale Township High School District Number 86, DuPage and Cook Counties, Illinois, improve the sites of, alter, repair, equip and replace portions of the Hinsdale Central High School Campus and Hinsdale South High School Campus, including, but not limited to: adding classrooms and science labs, renovating classrooms, science labs, libraries and other facilities for special education, fine arts and student services at both campuses; increasing accessibility to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act at both campuses; expanding and renovating pre-engineering and technology facilities at Hinsdale South High School; renovating the existing pool and building a diving well that meets safety standards at Hinsdale South High School; and building a new aquatic facility at Hinsdale Central High School, and issue bonds of said School District to the amount of $76,000,000 for the purpose of paying the costs thereof?

VOTE NO.

ITASCA FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT NO. 1

PROPOSITION TO INCREASE THE EXTENSION LIMITATION OF THE ITASCA FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT NO. 1

Shall the limiting rate under the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law for the Itasca Fire Protection District No. 1, DuPage County, Illinois, be increased by an additional amount equal to .195% above the limiting rate for the purpose of providing fully adequate fire and emergency medical services for levy year 2015 and be equal to 1.0522% of the equalized assessed value of the taxable property therein for the levy year 2017?

VOTE NO.

(1) The approximate amount of taxes extendable at the most recent extended limiting rate is $4,461,964, and the approximate amount of taxes extendable if the proposition is approved is $5,476,993.

VOTE NO.

(2) For the 2017 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 $65.00.

VOTE NO.

(3) If the proposition is approved, the aggregate extension for 2017 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.

LISLE TOWNSHIP

Shall the Naperville Township Road District and the Lisle Township Road District of DuPage County, Illinois be consolidated into one consolidated township road district?

VOTE YES – Consolidation where it makes sense improves government efficiency.

MILTON TOWNSHIP

Shall Milton Township seek to enter into an intergovernmental agreement with the Glen Ellyn and Wheaton Mosquito Abatement Districts to cooperate and seek cost savings and improve mosquito abatement service and control of arboviral diseases for all residents of Milton Township?

VOTE YES – Consolidation where it makes sense improves government efficiency.

Should Milton Township seek to expand its current Senior Services Program?

VOTE NO – DuPage County already offers these services for the entire county.

NAPERVILLE TOWNSHIP

Shall the Naperville Township Road District and the Lisle Township Road District of DuPage County, Illinois be consolidated into one consolidated township road district?

VOTE YES – Consolidation where it makes sense improves government efficiency.

VILLAGE OF VILLA PARK

Shall bonds in an amount not to exceed $10,600,000.00 be issued by the Village of Villa Park, DuPage County, Illinois for the purpose of paying costs of remodeling, improving and building an addition to the existing Villa Park Public Library building, furnishing equipment and acquiring library materials such as books, periodicals, films and recordings and electronic data and storage facilities therefor, and paying expenses incidental thereto, said bonds bearing interest at a rate not to exceed 6% per annum?

VOTE NO – Libraries are expensive and increasingly obsolete. Illinois already has one of the highest property taxes in the country; more debt is not going to solve the problem.  Instead, privatize the library and collect property taxes on the land and building.

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, including the installation, replacement, and maintenance of sanitary sewer, storm sewer and water main systems, 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 – Illinois already has some of the highest taxes in the country; more taxes are going to continue to push people out of the state.

VILLAGE OF WAYNE

Shall Elgin School District U-46 be required to seek voter approval by referendum prior to increasing its annual total property tax levy?

VOTE YES – This empowers the voters to decide whether they want their property taxes increased.

VILLAGE OF WOODRIDGE

Shall the Village Clerk in the Village of Woodridge be appointed by the Mayor with the concurrence of the Village Board of Trustees, rather than elected by the citizens of Woodridge?

VOTE NO – Let the people have the right to elect more officials; if you vote yes, you are voting away power of the citizens (and your own voting power) to choose.

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