Here’s what “Cautious Voter” had to say in a comment under the article,
Last year the majority on the County Board made possible the supposed “cut” that is being shouted to the rooftops now.
The County Board increased Property taxes last year $3,135,594.93.
11 Township Boards reduced their property taxes or kept them flat
6 Township Road Districts reduced their property taxes or kept them flat
13 Municipalities reduced their property taxes or kept them flat
7 School Districts reduced their property taxes or kept them flat
1 Fire District, 1 Library District plus MCC and MCCC reduced their property taxes last year.
Those government bodies who reduced their property taxes accounted for a total reduction of $6,474,895.68 in property taxes = twice the amount that the County Board increased their property tax.
The County Board is responsible for over 26 % of the total County property tax increase last year which was $11,873,215.80.
Now we have a so-called Chairman shouting about “CUT 10”.
The taxpayers in this County know better.
Municipalities in total REDUCED THEIR PROPERTY TAXES LAST YEAR $698,316.24.
Township Road Districts REDUCED THEIR PROPERTY TAXES LAST YEAR $508,616.28.
Township Boards REDUCED THEIR PROPERTY TAXES LAST YEAR $629,329.31.
School Districts (in total) INCREASED THEIR PROPERTY TAXES LAST YEAR $2,994,417.30.
Library Boards INCREASED THEIR PROPERTY TAXES LAST YEAR $311,858.24 .
Fire District Boards INCREASED THEIR PROPERTY TAXES LAST YEAR $1,517,032.88.
Many of the County Board members who are now advocating property tax reductions for other units of government are the same ones who voted for the increase last year.
Have the taxpayers been ‘dumbed down’ so much they do not realize the Chairman and his cohorts are trying to pull the wool over their eyes?
BTW U.S. Census reports for 2016 show that Firemen and police in this state are still some of the highest paid in the country and library employees are second highest paid in the country.
Transit workers rank fifth highest paid and Park district employees are sixth highest paid.
One more little tidbit: Only one other State has MORE public sector pension plans than Illinois and only two states have a heavier public sector pension burden than Illinois.
The problem in Illinois is not the number of units of government – the problem is we pay public sector employees more than the taxpayers can afford plus our public sector pension guarantee is strangling the taxpayer.
Add this to our liberal use of social welfare programs and you have a taxpayer disaster in the making.