November 6, 2018, General Election – Propositions

DU PAGE COUNTY

1 Shall DuPage County oppose the General Assembly instituting a property tax increase equivalent to 1% of your home’s value to help retire state debt?

VOTE Yes! – DuPage County has internally a balanced budget, we should not be punished for the states reckless spending and waste. It only encourages bad behavior.

2 Shall DuPage County oppose the creation of a statewide Vehicle Mileage Tax (VMT) which would tax DuPage County citizens based upon the number of miles driven annually?

VOTE YES! – DuPage County should oppose a Vehicle Mileage Tax, this is a highly inefficient way of collecting a tax. You will have to put meters in every car, file a mileage form on your state taxes, and have your vehicle mileage audited periodically. This is already on top of a gas tax we already pay.

3 Shall DuPage County continue to dissolve and consolidate units of local government to reduce costs, increase efficiencies, and increase accountability?

VOTE YES! – We need to reduce government and make it more efficient!

VILLAGE OF LEMONT

1 Shall the Village of Lemont become a home rule unit of government pursuant to Article VII, Section 6 of the Constitution of the State of Illinois?

NOTE NO! – You end up giving power to the board to unilaterally increase both spending and taxes without oversight. We need to keep as many checks and balances in place as we can.

ADDISON TOWNSHIP

1 Should Addison Township have representation in The Chicago Department of Aviation’s O’Hare Western Access Working Group, and be part of all future discussions pertaining to western access and a western terminal at O’Hare?

VOTE YES! – If government is going to be involved in air transportation, citizens in the surrounding area should have an equal voice.

2 Shall Addison Township support the expansion of the Returning Veterans’ Homestead Exemption which provides a $5,000 reduction in the equalized assessed valuation of the Veterans principal residence from two consecutive years to four consecutive years?

VOTE YES! – Although the tax decrease is not equitable, less taxation for anyone is always a plus for the economy and a step in the correct direction.

YORK TOWNSHIP

1 Shall our Representatives and Senators in the U. S. Congress sponsor and/or support measures that will address the serious threat posed by climate change?

VOTE NO! – This is vague, there are no real viable solutions presented, this is a way for government to spend a lot more money without an obligation to actually achieve a result.

HANOVER PARK PARK DISTRICT

1 PROPOSITION TO INCREASE THE LIMITING RATE OF THE HANOVER PARK PARK DISTRICT, DUPAGE AND COOK COUNTIES, ILLINOIS

Shall the limiting rate under the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law for the Hanover Park Park District, DuPage and Cook Counties, Illinois, be increased by an additional amount equal to 0.25% above the limiting rate for levy year 2017 in DuPage County, Illinois and by an additional amount of 0.2505% above the limiting rate for levy year 2017 in Cook County, Illinois, for any purpose of said District and be equal to 0.6115% of the equalized assessed value of the taxable property therein for levy year 2018?

(1)  The approximate amount of taxes extendable at the most recently extended limiting rate is $1,965,660, and the approximate amount of taxes extendable if the proposition is approved is $3,326,941. (2)  For the 2018 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 $83.33 in DuPage County, Illinois and $74.22 in Cook County, Illinois. (3)  If the proposition is approved, the aggregate extension for 2018 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! – Individual citizens must live within their means, and so must the government. If the local government cannot afford to operate a park district, either increase usage fees or sell it to the private sector such as a Lifetime Fitness or other organization that will operate a superior level of service without forcing all citizen to pay for it.

OAK BROOK PARK DISTRICT

1 PROPOSITION TO ISSUE $17,900,000 PARK BONDS

Shall the Oak Brook Park District, DuPage and Cook Counties, Illinois, purchase and improve the approximately 34 acres commonly known as the “McDonald’s Soccer Fields,” located north of said Park District’s Central Park and between Kingery Highway (Route 83), Kensington Road and Jorie Boulevard, and issue its bonds to the amount of $17,900,000 for the purpose of paying the costs thereof?

VOTE NO! – Individual citizens must live within their means and so must the government. If the local government cannot afford to operate a park district either increase usage fees or sell it to the private sector such as a Lifetime Fitness or other organization that will operate a superior level of service without forcing all citizen to pay for it.

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 .1709% above the limiting rate for the purpose of providing fully adequate fire and emergency medical services for levy year 2017 and be equal to .9482% of the equalized assessed value of the taxable property therein for the levy year 2018?

(1)  The approximate amount of taxes extendable at the most recent extended limiting rate is $4,616,284.66, and the approximate amount of taxes extendable if the proposition is approved is $5,631,237.76. (2)  For the 2018 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 $56.97. (3)  If the proposition is approved, the aggregate extension for 2018 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! – Individual citizens must live within their means, and so must the government. If people want more fire protection, let’s recruit volunteers and have fundraisers and force the fire departments to operate within their means.

FOX RIVER AND COUNTRYSIDE FIRE/RESCUE DISTRICT

1 “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  60% per year for the 2018 levy year?”

For the 2018 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 $ 53.00.

VOTE NO! – Individual citizens must live within their means, and so must the government. If people want more fire protection, let’s recruit volunteers and have fundraisers and force the fire departments to operate within their means.

YORK CENTER FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT

1 PROPOSITION TO ISSUE $3,000,000 GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS

Shall the York Center Fire Protection District, DuPage County, Illinois, renovate its fire station and purchase vehicles and equipment and issue its bonds to the amount of $3,000,000 for the purpose of paying the costs thereof?

VOTE NO! – Individual citizens must live within their means, and so must the government. If people want more fire protection, let’s recruit volunteers and have fundraisers and force the fire departments to operate within their means.

BATAVIA PUBLIC LIBRARY DISTRICT

1 PROPOSITION TO INCREASE THE LIMITING RATE

Shall the limiting rate under the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law for the Batavia Public Library District, Kane and DuPage Counties, Illinois, be increased by an additional amount equal to 0.07% above the limiting rate for library purposes for levy year 2017 and be equal to 0.440060% of the equalized assessed value of the taxable property therein for levy year 2018?

(1)  The approximate amount of taxes extendable at the most recently extended limiting rate is $3,501,606.62, and the approximate amount of taxes extendable if the proposition is approved is $4,163,965.33. (2)  For the 2018 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 $23.33. (3)  If the proposition is approved, the aggregate extension for 2018 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! – Individual citizens must live within their means, and so must the government.

COMMUNITY UNIT SCHOOL DISTRICT 200

1 PROPOSITION TO BUILD AND EQUIP A NEW EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER

Shall the Board of Education of Wheaton Warrenville Community Unit School District Number 200, DuPage County, Illinois, build and equip a new early childhood center without levying a separate, special property tax to finance the costs thereof?

VOTE NO! – Individual citizens must live within their means, and so must the government.

ELMHURST COMMUNITY UNIT SCHOOL DISTRICT 205

1 PROPOSITION TO ISSUE $168,500,000 SCHOOL BUILDING BONDS

Shall the Board of Education of Elmhurst Community Unit School District Number 205, DuPage and Cook Counties, Illinois, build and equip two school buildings to replace the Field and Lincoln Elementary School Buildings; build and equip additions to and alter, repair and equip existing buildings, including but not limited to improving security, providing STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) facilities, improving energy-efficiency and technology infrastructure and adding classrooms for full-day kindergarten; improve sites; acquire, improve and equip a building for educational purposes and acquire the site thereof and issue bonds of said School District to the amount of $168,500,000 for the purpose of paying the costs thereof?

VOTE NO! – Individual citizens must live within their means, and so must the government.

COMMUNITY CONSOLIDATED SCHOOL DISTRICT 89

1 PROPOSITION TO INCREASE THE LIMITING RATE

Shall the limiting rate under the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law for Glen Ellyn Community Consolidated School District Number 89, DuPage County, Illinois, be increased by an additional amount equal to 0.4% above the limiting rate for school purposes for levy year 2017 and be equal to 3.3849% of the equalized assessed value of the taxable property therein for levy year 2018?

(1)  The approximate amount of taxes extendable at the most recently extended limiting rate is $24,120,263, and the approximate amount of taxes extendable if the proposition is approved is $27,352,568. (2)  For the 2018 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 $133. (3)  If the proposition is approved, the aggregate extension for 2018 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! – Individual citizens must live within their means, and so must the government.

HINSDALE TOWNSHIP HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT 86

1 PROPOSITION TO ISSUE $166,426,514 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, renovate, alter, repair and equip and replace portions of the Hinsdale Central High School Campus and Hinsdale South High School Campus, including, but not limited to, installing safety and security systems and equipment; making facilities accessible to persons with disabilities; repairing 60-year-old infrastructure; renovating all learning spaces, including classrooms, libraries, and science labs; adding classrooms and facilities for music students and pre-engineering students; expanding and improving the spaces where students receive academic, social, and health support services; and replacing the swimming pool at each high school, and issue bonds of said School District to the amount of $166,426,514 for the purpose of paying the costs thereof?

VOTE NO! – Individual citizens must live within their means, and so must the government.

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