This was sent by Dorr Township Precinct 7 Republican Committeeman Cyndi Hemauer:
Dear Friends & Neighbors,
We had a problem at one time and time ticks away because we don’t want to see the truth and now, Woodstock “We Have A Crisis”! Did you know, we pay 4.60% in Property Taxes, just to live here.
Let that sink in for a moment. The national average is 1.4% and we pay 4.6%! How did we get to this?
We gambled on growth and when the real estate bubble burst in 2008, Woodstock stopped the expansion but D200 just kept spending and they keep on spending even till today.
We have two High Schools at half capacity (the new High School, Woodstock North is smaller in size than Woodstock High School and Woodstock North was built on top of an aqueduct).
We need to talk about this because it affects the biggest investment we make in our lives and that is our house.
Every time D200 increases their budget and spends more the EAV (equal assess value) to our homes decline, making our homes worth less and lose value when we go to sell it.
I have been attending D200 School Board Meetings for the past two years.
We plead with them, show figures and have asked them to have the courage to find ethical and constructive solutions to these challenges D200 is facing but they refuse to listen and even answer any questions during public comments.
When a School Board Member takes their oath, one of the promises they make is,
“I shall respect taxpayer interests by serving as a faithful protector of the school district’s assets…”
We have an opportunity come this April 4, 2017, when we will get to vote.
We can change the path we are on, which is not good for us the taxpayers as well as for the students.
Barb Gessert and Susan Handelsman have been attending School Board Meetings with me for the last two years.
They understand and know this dangerous path we face and are willing to pull up their sleeves and make the hard decisions.
Even Superintendent Mike Moen says we can SAVE $2.5 MILLION ANNUALLY and continue to PROVIDE QUALITY EDUCATION to our students and with that, can make a difference in our property taxes.
I’m inviting you to meet and attend a Public Forum this Thursday, March 16th at 7:00 pm upstairs at the Woodstock Public Library (see invite below).
No one wants to talk about this crisis including the two incumbents, Carl Warren Gilmore & L. William Natress.
I need your help.
Please send this invitation to other D200 friends and neighbors and encourage them to attend and make a difference. I thank you and appreciate your help.
Dorr Township 7