After Voting to Approve Raising Taxes Outside New TIF District, Woodstock Fire Protection District Asks Homeowners’ Permission to Raise Taxes Up to 20% in 2020

The referendum on the ballot in the Woodstock area would allow the Woodstock Fire Protection District to ignore the Property Tax Cap limits (2.1% this year) and raise taxes as much as 20% for taxes paid in 2020.

Contacting the County Clerk’s Office, I learned that, if passed, this referendum will have no effect on taxes collected this year, but in 2020, tax bills could be hiked as much as 20%.

From Woodstock Fire Protection District resident Susan Handelsman:

Woodstock Fire & Rescue is mistakenly seeking more money from taxpayers via referendum to expand services for new Woodstock  TIF  Freeriders.

There must be a math error in budget analysis, because Fire Department  supported the new TIF [Tax Increment Financing District] at Joint Review  Board. 

The new Woodsotck TIF District, which the Woodstock Fire Protectin District supported, prohibits tax district from any increases in tax revenue generated in this 562 acre swath of Woodstock for 23 years. It represents 6% of Woodstock’s current assessed valuation.
This map was put on the screen at the Joint Review Board meeting I attended.

If Trustees knew they had a budget crisis they were bound by law to protest–as did school districts 200 and McHenry County College–TIF which projects creation of 1000 new housing units requiring mandated free social service provision for 35 years.  

New Woodstock TIF freerider residents will obtain free social service  provision at the expense of NON-TIF development  properties.   

(Schools may possibly be paid a small fraction  of costs of new TIF enrollment, an amount strictly limited by law to protect TIF bondholders).   

6% of current taxable Woodstock EAV will be frozen against taxation of assessment  inflation during the next 35 years.

In it’s very first year, Woodstock TIF 2 will collect over $200,000 from that inflation alone: money which non-TIF taxpayers will now need to “replace” to taxing bodies like Fire & Rescue.  

The 2005 Fire & Rescue tax hike referendum allowed the fire department to hike their property tax which at the time (2005) was .5036% of EAV. 

[That’s over a 57% increase.]

Now in 2017, the Fire & Rescue tax rate is .893096% of EAV.   

(Total Woodstock tax rates have risen from 8% of EAV in 2005 to 11.9% of  EAV in 2017).       

So when they say it will “only” increase the tax bill $150 on a $250,000  house, they mean “in the first year*”.

As the tax rate rises because new TIF costs are distributed over a shrunken pool of taxable property, that additional $150 will rise annually.

Woodstock taxpayers gave the Fire Department the TIF they supported, therefore there must already be ample money in their budget to fund Fire service provision.

From Fire Chief Michael Hill:

Just to be sure we’re on the same page: the 20% increase is not 20% of the entire tax bill, but rather an increase to the FIRE DISTRICT’S PORTION OF THE TAX BILL ONLY. The District’s portion is roughly 7.5% of the total tax bill, and 20% of that is 1.5%… so what we’re asking for is a 1.5% increase to the total tax bill. (I’m sure you already knew that, but I had to cover all my bases)

IF the referendum passes this April, it will allow us to levy for the increased amount in December of 2019. The new money will not come in until the following fiscal year, which starts on May 1, 2020. (So the taxpayers will not see the change until the 1st property tax installment in May of 2020)

I can probably guess your position regarding the referendum, and I respect that. The one thing that I ask however is that you take a moment to review what it is that we’re looking to accomplish with the increase and the things that we’ve done to try to avoid getting to this moment. I will be giving a presentation at the Woodstock Public Library this Thursday (March 21st at 1pm). I hope that you’ll consider attending – and I’ll be happy to answer any questions that you have (event the difficult ones) to the best of my ability.


After Voting to Approve Raising Taxes Outside New TIF District, Woodstock Fire Protection District Asks Homeowners’ Permission to Raise Taxes Up to 20% in 2020 — 42 Comments

  1. The TIF is needed – that stretch in Woodstock is a dump and reinvestment is necessary.

    The referendum is needed for the fire department.

    They sometimes have to choose between buying new fire suits vs engines.

    When you factor in the tax break that the middle class will receive from the Pritzker Progressive Tax, it’s revenue neutral.

    Where will Susan Handelsman be when the parade is for a fallen firefighter vs. a police officer?

    How will you feel then?

    Protect our Firefighters

  2. ‘Front Page’ just showed the world why people are voting with their feet.

    Susan Handelsman would act appropriately but I fear ‘Front’ would behave like Leen Dweik.

  3. The sky’s the limit on these tax pigs!

    Cut welfare for illegal aliens not fire protection.

  4. If you use the tax calculator provided by the plan, a family with two kids making the average of $79,000 and paying $10,000 a year on property taxes, assessed the average Woodstockian rate, which is 2%-6% of EAV, meaning their home value is between $166,000 – $500,000, the same family will expect to see a net decrease of at least $256 by Pritzker’s tax cut.

    Assuming Handelsman’s math above is correct, a home for the average Woodstockian would see a $250 increase to taxes.

    “But what about the TIFF, THE TIFF!!!” said Susan. While I lack specifics, even if it’s $200,000 spread out over the 20k residents (a gross under estimate), that’s $10 bucks a head for reinvestment in what everyone sees when they first drive through Woodstock, which, by the way, is an absolute dump.

    So, lets recap, Pritzker’s tax cut, which is going to pass and is overwhelmingly popular, will give average taxpayers back $265; Handelsman’s math (assuming it’s right) says you will be assessed an additional $250 a year PLUS $10 for a TIFF district to spruce up an area of Woodstock desperately in need of sprucing, so, if my math is correct, then the measures are revenue neutral of very narrowly a tax increase by $10-$40 a year, unless you are in the 1% of income tax payers in Illinois, in which case, quit whining, you can afford it.

    Think of it a different way: The draw to Woodstock is the charm, The Square, and it’s small town feel. If I first drive into town and the first thing I see is a ruptured route 47, vacant and dilapidated lots between McConnell and Country club, and the best buildings along the whole stretch are Taco Bell, Burger King, and Sherman Williams paint, am I really going to want to move there and invest my money in a community that doesn’t even value reinvestment in its infrastructure or basic services like the Fire Department when it would cost less than $40 a year for residents to do so? How cheap are you? How lazy are you?

    I’m glad Susan lost her race and has zero decision making power because she does not care about the community, just her own pocketbook. But I guess I would too if I didn’t have to work for a living….

  5. Front Page – Hey you know that .5% tax break that Pritzker is giving us, well you don’t need that.

    Why don’t the fireman do what the rest of us to, and pay for their own retirement?

  6. Do all the TIF 2 parcels fall in the Woodstock Fire Rescue District?

    100% overlap?


    A property taxing district stating the tax hike would be $X for a $Y valued home, and leaving it at that, is no friend of the taxpayer.

    Everyone knows property taxes keep increasing.

    So what is the projected increase for years 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, etc?

    Presumably the district did some financial projections and has a financial plan and forecast.

    Where are those documents?

    The district should be able to estimate the property taxpayers hike for additional years into the future, and state the assumptions used in the projection.

    One can submit a FOIA request for such documents.


    The district puts its audited annual financial report on its website, but not the collective bargaining agreement (cba), and thus not the cba change document (redline agreement).

    The redline cba shows the changes from the previous cba to the current cba.

    For instance the changes are in red, with underline text indicating additions, and stricken text indicating deletions.


    Looking at the FY ending April 30, 2018 AFR.

    The Downstate Fire pension is in miserable condition.

    The unfunded liability (net pension liability) for 2018 is $14,530,504, which is 40.66% funded.

    The discount rate (interest rate) used to calculate the unfunded liability is 4.76%.

    Thus the estimated taxpayer annual cost for the unfunded liability is $14,530,504 x .0476 = $691,651.

    The $691,651 can be thought of as interest on the unfunded liability.

    It’s just an estimate.

    What actually happens is the actuary makes an annual actuarial calculation resulting in a new unfunded liability.+


    Woodstock TIF 2 includes the Wal-Mart parcel 13-16-201-008.

    The Woodstock Wal-Mart is a newer building, built after the year 2000.

    That Wal-mart location opened in 2004 or so.

    So a few questions arise.

    How did the Wal-Mart parcel qualify for redevelopment, since it was developed after the year 2000.

    Why was the Wal-Mart parcel chosen over parcels which were developed prior to the year 2000?

    Perhaps there is additional development planned for the property?

    What development?

  7. Front Page is the Illinois Poster Boy for all the elected and unelected zombies, demanding you pay, for what they want.

  8. Way to go Front Page.

    If you can’t dispute Susan’s facts, try to criticize her community spirit or how about her income, race, religion, sex, parenting skills,etc.

    It’s all fair game when you don’t have a valid argument!

    Say NO to the fire dept. tax increase!

  9. An additional note about a sentence from the comment at 3:02 PM.

    “Thus the estimated taxpayer annual cost for the unfunded liability is $14,530,504 x .0476 = $691,651.”

    That is the cost for one year.


    Every year there is an unfunded liability, there is an interest cost to that unfunded liability.


    The unfunded liability represents the amount that actuaries calculate should be in the investment fund, but is missing.


    In other words, the Woodstock Fire & Rescue District needs to find $14,530,504 to put in its pension fund.

    Thus it needs to hike taxes.


    The same concept applies to any unit of government with an unfunded liability.


    Massive problem in Illinois.

  10. It is understandable that many people are unaware of how TIFs work, and find the math incomprehensible.

    Let me unpack what i believe to be the misunderstanding of the situation by Front Page

    The property tax rate in Woodstock is about 12% of EAV, which is about 4% of full fair market value.

    $200,000 is simply what the first year of TIF will cost taxpayers, without having done anything but undergo normal inflation on properties.

    Each year after this year that number can be expected to rise.

    That is inflationary tax that was supposed to be spent on vost inflation of providing serices to those properties.

    Instead, OTHER properties will need to pick up that inflationary share each year, growing cumulatively, for 35 years.

    To illustrate, Woodstock TIF 1 collected over 70% of its p-tax revenues from simple assessment inflation on existing properties,

    The property tax rate is derived by dividing tax levy by taxable property.

    Therefore, as the levy rises (as WFRD asks, even beyond boundaries set by Illinois law)(and as TIF properties add more residents requiring services)
    and at the same time the taxable properties over which these rising levies are divided up over 35 consecutive years of inflation fails to rise commensurately with inflation:


    the result is a rising tax rate.

    The cost of the TIF is going to be extraordinary, considering yhe very first year represents only the lost inflation revenues of year one.

    When students from 1000 new residential units begin attending D200, the annual cost billed to local taxpayers is $9000 per year per student each year.

    That is the tax levy divided by student enrollment.

    The cost is actually higher ehen taking into account unfunded pensions and OPEBs which are sole burdens of local property taxpayers.

    Assuming the TIF creates HALF the percentage of Woodstock current student ratio per household (around 0.6 students per household),a new annual burden will arise starting at $2.7 million and rising with inflation.
    ( 300 students multiplied by $9000)

    Cost of TIF is also grave to properties outside TIF.

    Academic study by Dye&Merriman indicate cannibalization of non-TIF properties to the benefit of property values within TIF

  11. As to WFRD, if the Trustees were aware of budget crisis requiring this referendum, they had a legal responsibility to vote ‘No’ at JRB, as did both D200 and MCCD.

    TIF development WILL require fire&Rescue provision, and TIF will NOT,by law,be allowed to pay for it.

  12. As to the subjective statement that “Woodstock is a dump and reinvestment is needed”.

    I don’t agree or disagree but having gone over (physically driving by, looking up on Athena
    and Treasurer property tax lookup), every PIN included in TIF , I can swear that there are MANY PINs in TIF 2 which are NOT “a dump” and by the same token many areas of Woodstock NOT included in TIF which suffer far more severe blighted conditions.

    As Mark points out Walmart and the whole undeveloped acreage across from it which is zoned Commercial/industrial but pays no property taxes is an inclusion which begs the question: who gets in to share the goodies, and who gets left out in the cold to pay the bills for those lucky few?.

    The reason Woodstock is not investable is its property tax rate (4%).

    The reason TIF will draw investors is by handing out free gifts of money.

    Problem is, that money comes from Woodstock taxpayers, already paying highest property tax rates in America.
    TIF always causes tax rates to rise.

    Why such a strong word, ‘always’?

    Because the rate is Levy divided by Taxable EAV.

    Levy Must rise: to pay for TIF freeriders and to pay for cost inflation of public service provision for 35 years.

    Taxable EAV Must fall-relative-to-inflation: because 6% of taxable EAV in TIF is FROZEN and assessments cannot be raised for 35 years.

    (Furthermore, taxable property values in 4% region must always fall relative to national and regional tax rates which are typically 2% or less)

    Furthermore, TIF businesses kill competitors outside TIF, with resulting blight causing property devaluation).

    Woodstock would attract investment and revitalization if it forced lower levies, resulting in lower tax rates, and then the cheap properties ALL around would represent attractive cap rates.

  13. Woodstock median household income as of 2017 in 2017 dollars: $57,094

    Median home value $165,700

    At 4% property tax rate, property tax equals $6628. Deduct $720 homestead exemption, net $5908).

    What percentage of household income is then spent on property taxes in Woodstock?


    That is, 10.35% of median family household income is spent on property taxes in Woodstock.

    Is that high?


    Bureau of Labor Statistics measures the percentage of household income spent on property taxes as between 2.5%-4%

    TIF will only exacerbate this problem for all Woodstock homeowners, as TIF must cause Woodstock property tax rates to rise.

  14. Woodstock Independent

    New Contract Helps Fire District

    by Larry Lough

    August 30, 2018

    “The district’s board approved the contract just hours later the same day last week, and terms became effective immediately.”


    Did the board approve the collective bargaining agreement (cba)?

    Couldn’t find any such approval in the board minutes.

    And once again cannot locate the cba on the WFRD website.

  15. The board minutes of WRFD indicate they plan on receiving TIF dollars.


    The TRS (teachers and administrators) unfunded liability is mainly a state responsibility.

    The point in highlighting the TRS unfunded liability attributed to a local school district, a concept otherwise known as proportionate share, is to illustrate the large amount of debt attributed to the local school district’s operations.


    In economics is a concept known as supply and demand.

    As a generalization, if a buyer perceives the price is too high, due to property taxes or whatever reason, it is likely to eventually result in decreased demand.

    That in turn often results in lower prices to move the product (house).

    Decreased demand can happen for other reasons, such as white flight from Chicago.


    The argument a referendum must be passed to hike taxes to preserve property values has its limit.

    After the limit is reached, higher property taxes result in lower property values.

  16. TIF money cannot go to fire department costs of personnel and equipment unless money is distributed in equivalent propportion to all taxing bodies.

    (That seems impossible given stated plan by Woodstock City council).
    See PILOT section of TIF statute.

    (PILOT stands for payment in lieu of taxes).

    New school finance law places greater burden of funding pensions on local property taxpayers, in that salaries and employee/student ratios above thresholds described by state become local pension burdens.

    Further, if City of Chicago defaults on bonds used annually to finance operations or declares bankruptcy, that proportional share of funding TRS will become burden of the rest of Illinois property taxpayers.

    (TRS does not segregate its funds pool, total responsibility to make up for underfundedness is a distributed allocation withou regard to bankruptcy of any given participant).

  17. This is why you guys lose: too much typing, not enough digestible facts.

  18. RIGHT everyone, but FrontPage.

    When there are more abandoned, underwater, can’t sell for sale, houses in impoverished Woodstock where will they get money then?

    Raise taxes again on those stupid enough to stay here or those unfortunate enough unable to leave because their houses won’t sell or they need to be here for family?

    Then what!?

    I’ll be voting no for this referendum. Not because I don’t like Firefighters!!!!

    But because I’m on life support here in good old Woodstock where having Gay Pride parades, giving out entitlements to illegals, being a safe haven for homeless who won’t work, and govt spending are the town’s priorities.

    This town has gone to the dogs.

    If City Council would just STOP THE DAMN SPENDING!!!

  19. “Further, if City of Chicago defaults on bonds used annually to finance operations or declares bankruptcy, that proportional share of funding TRS will become burden of the rest of Illinois property taxpayers. (TRS does not segregate its funds pool, total responsibility to make up for underfundedness is a distributed allocation withou regard to bankruptcy of any given participant).”

    Doesn’t Chicago have its own teachers’ pension system that is entirely separate from TRS?

  20. Front Page I find it baffling you talk about ‘you guys lose’.

    I take it you mean, honest taxpayers who are fighting a corrupt system?

    Why do YOU want to “win”?

    For yourself?

    Your Masters?

    How is our world made better by your tactics of obfuscation?

  21. Now, if you want to work together in search of practical answers to Woodstock’s specific economic problems, we can start with helping you understand specifics of TIF funding and how it relates to property tax rates.

    Also you must be able to address the specific problems which have arisen as a function of the property tax rate here which is double that of Chicago, triple that of American average.

    There cannot be a meaningful discussion of Woodstock without a thorough understanding of the extraordinary, outlier p=tax rates and the broad deleterious effect that has on the economics of this community.

  22. Susan?

    I think he just meant that you guys that post long have lost his ear.

    He has the attention span of a goldfish.

    Seems fair.

    That’s just the way people roll nowadays.

  23. The Reciprocal Act might have been enacted with good intentions, but in practice, it is an abomination.

    All too often, it results in pension spiking on steroids.

  24. I just spent several hours at Woodstock Library to hear Chief Hill speak.

    His presentation was impressive.

    I’ll be voting Yes to the WFRD referendum, and will write up my impression of the presentation today asap, hope Cal might print the
    powerpoint by Chief Hill and I can comment underneath.

    My opinion of Woodstock TIF 2 is unchanged, even reinforced.

    But it is a done deal; WFRD and taxpayers are stuck with it…
    until we can find creative means to survive it.

  25. Reciprocal Act In this case means bend over and grab your ankles.

  26. Glad to hear Susan will not oppose the much needed support for our fire district…

  27. In my opinion the economic risk of not paying the higher amount exceeds the risk of paying it.

    I concluded this after attending a public presentation by fire Chief Hill at library.

    Only one other person attended.

    The presentation cited facts and figures.

    Evidence on which to base an informed decision.

  28. It seems likely that the population of Woodstock will fall below 25k in the 2020 census.

    If it does, they will have to hold a referendum to keep home rule.

    If people get organized to fight a home rule referendum, hopefully they’ll have some energy left over to go after the TIF district too.

  29. There is no chance, bassd upon my observations, of Woodstock citizens exerting energy to effect political change.

  30. The taxpayers are presented with a lose – lose scenario with the Woodstock Fire and Rescue Referendum.

    Jack Franks and Cut 10 (cut property taxes 10% in all property taxing districts) are nowhere to be found.


    Passing the referendum will hike property taxes and slow the growth of the pension unfunded liability.

    Not passing the referendum will result in hiked pension interest costs.


    What happened has been played out endlessly in local governments in Illinois.

    Local governments continued to hike pay, while pensions were underfunded.

    One method of doing that is by hiking the collective bargaining agreement.

    That happened in Woodstock Fire and Rescue in August 2018.

    That has a snowball effect:

    – hikes the eventual pension payout due the employee when they retire (higher salaries result in bigger pensions)

    – hiked employer and employee pension contributions for the current year (of course both start with getting money from the taxpayer).

    – hiked pension liability for Woodstock Fire and Rescue.

    – hiked pension interest costs which are buried in the unfunded liability.

    The pension debt was ignored during collective bargaining.

    The new collective bargaining agreement is not the Woodstock Fire and Rescue website.

    There’s a sucker born every minute.


    The following video explains how government accounting rules allow phony balanced budgets that result in increased debt.


    Truth in Accounting

    Sheila Weinberg’s and Dan Proft’s testimony to the Governmental Accounting Standards Board on March 5, 2019

    Published on YouTube March 15, 2019

    GASB welcomed testimony on the Recognition of Elements of Financial Statements and Financial Reporting Model Improvements.

    Both Ms. Weinberg and Mr. Proft advocated for full accrual calculations and techniques (FACT) based accounting.

    To learn more about FACT-based accounting, please visit our website:


    Same old story.

    State law allows local pay to be hiked while pensions were and are already underfunded.

    State legislators hiked pension & OPEB benefits while pensions & OPEB were already underfunded.

    State collective bargaining transparency is awful; the state and the local board could pass laws and policies to improve it but they don’t because the unions are stronger than the taxpayers.


    Even with Woodstock TIF 2;

    and even if the Woodstock Fire and Rescue tax hike passes;

    and even if the changes proposed by Governor Pritzker to the state income tax rules are passed;

    Woodstock Fire & Rescue will remain in poor financial condition;

    state debt will continue to grow.

    The debt is so large it is very difficult to dig out of the hole.

  31. Mark is exactly correct in my opinion.

    I believe the only solution is to create isolated pockets of “politician-proof” legal charter areas.

  32. Woodstock Fire and Rescue District (WFRD) net pension liability per “Note 9 – Firefighters Pension Plan” in its CAFRs.

    Year – Unfunded Liability – Funded Ratio – Discount Rate

    2018 – $14,530,504 – 59% – 4.76%

    2017 – 15,662,872 – 65% – 4.31%

    2016 – $17,594,170 – 71% – 3.86%.

    2015 – $15,865,130 – 72%

    2014 – ?

    2013 – $5,787,613 – 42.19%

    2012 – $4,576,446 – 43.03%

    2011 – $1,219,350 – 68.69%

    2010 – $1,359,296 – 58.41%

    Source: CAFRs available on the Woodstock Fire & Rescue website.


    2016 – pdf pages 33 and 34 in the the pension section of the report has 6 mentions “Coal City” instead of “Woodstock.” The auditor is Brian Zabel & Associates of Morris, CPA. So was Woodstock data used, and Coal City was a typo? Or were there errors in the data too.

    2015 – pdf page 31 of 42, Note 9, Section C, Discount Rate is missing from the 2015 CAFR.

    2015 – pdf page 32 of 42, Section D, Additional Information, is a reprint of the data from the 2014 CAFR.

    2014 – pdf page 32 OF 44, Note 9, Section C, Discount Rate is missing from the 2014 CAFR.

    2010 – 2015: No mention of “Discount Rate” in the documents.


    Discount rates used in the Illinois Department of Insurance (IDOI), Public Pension Division, Biennial Report, for the Woodstock Fire & Rescue District:

    FY 2016 – 6.50%

    FY 2015 – 6.50%

    FY 2014 – 6.00%

    FY 2013 – 6.00%

    FY 2012 – 6.00%


    The Illinois Department of Insurance’s Bi-ennial report uses a different discount rate than the Woodstock Fire & Rescue Districts CAFR.

    Thus, when comparing:

    1) the the pension unfunded liability, and

    2) the percent funded status


    a) the IDOI Public Pension Division Biennial report, and

    b) the WFRD CAFR;

    the amounts are off significantly.

    The takeaway is the discount rate assumptions can significantly impact the unfunded liability and the percent funded status.

  33. Illinois Department of Insurance

    Public Pension Division

    2017 Biennial Report (covering the years 2015 & 2016)

    Woodstock Fire & Rescue Protection District

    Year – Unfunded liability – percent funded – Actuarial Assumption Interest Rate

    2016 – $4,436,042 – 63% – 6.5%

    2015 – $4,385,829 – 59% – 6.5%

    2014 – $4,918,656 – 51% – 6.0%

    2013 – $3,388,931 – 55% – 6.0%

    2012 – $2,984,905 – 53% – 6.0%

  34. Salaries in Woodstock Fire & Rescue District (WFRD)

    Per the 2018 Illinois Department of Insurance Annual Statement.

    The pay is the result of collective bargaining agreements (cba) and administrator contracts.

    Zachary Beatty, 11 yrs 4 months service, $104,270

    John J Biederer, 6 yrs 9 months service, $86,781

    Michael R Brinkman, 12 yrs 4 months service, $104,270

    Joseph A Brunetti, 5 years 3 months service, $86,781

    Nathaniel Burns, 11 years, 9 months service, $104,270

    Karen A Bush, 15 yrs 4 months service, $112,271

    DeAngelo M Cooke, 11 yrs 4 months service, $86,781

    Jose R Flores, 5 years 3 months service, $86,781

    Matthew P Gulli, 6 years 8 months service, $86,781

    Matthew Hedges, 11 years 9 months service, $104,270

    Paul G Heidman, 3 years 10 months service, $82,157

    Michael F Hill, 15 years 4 months service, $128,125

    Patrick Keefe, 12 years 7 months service, $104,270

    Aaron Krejci, 10 years 3 months service, $86,781

    Eric R Kristensen, 6 years 3 months service, $86,781

    Jeffrey Lesniak, 11 years 9 months service, $104,270

    Eric S Lozowski, 8 years 4 months service, $86,781

    Ryan P Mains, 12 years 7 months service, $86,781

    Adam P Mass, 3 years 10 months service, $82,156

    Ellyn J Miller, 2 years 10 months service, $82,156

    Quinn Murphy, 4 years 6 months service, $86,781

    Scott E Nieman, 15 years 4 months service, $112,271

    Brendan A Parker, 15 years 4 months service, $112,271

    John Potoczky, 12 years 4 months service, $104,270

    Jeffrey S Randecker, 8 years 4 months service, $86,781

    Danielle K Reid, 15 years 4 months service, $86,781

    Scott Ritzert, 11 years 9 months service, $86,781

    Patrick J Ryan, 11 years 9 months service, $104,270

    Timothy M Schroeder, 11 years 9 months service, $104,270

    Michael Shannon, 9 years 9 months service, $76,770

    Brandon J Teresi, 4 years 0 months service, $86,781

    Eric Vizanko, 11 years 4 months service, $104,270

    Christopher Weber, 11 years 4 months service, $86,781

    Tyler A Webster, 4 years 8 months service, $86,781

    Nicholas A Weir, 12 years 7 months service, $104,270

    Scott D Wessel, 8 years 4 months service, $86,781

    Chad D Williams, 12 years 7 months service, $104,270

  35. Woodstock Fire & Rescue District


    source: Illinois Department of Insurance, Public Pension Portal, Annual Statement 2018

    Name – service – benefit start date – ending salary used – current benefit

    Richard J Menzel, 18 years 8 months, 10/6/1996, $46,377, $36,789

    Walter P Parker, 14 years 4 months, 9/12/2002, $80,000, $34,198

    Ralph A Webster, 22 years 11 months, 10/1/2016, $158,825, $104,150

    Terry R Menzel, 12 years 6 months, 11/17/2016, $130,020, $28,139

    surviving spouse (not in line of duty), unknown service, 2/8/2014, $74,126, $40,028


    WFRD Pension Board Members:

    Nathaniel Burns, Matthew Hedges, Robert Kristensen, Lloyd Shaw, Frederick R Spitzer, Brandon Teresi,

    The pension board members follow the state pension laws for Downstate Fire pension funds.


    WFRD Board Members (not the pension board):

    Robert A Kristensen, Kenneth Marunde, Richard Menzel, Fred Spitzer, Scott Sankey

    This is the regular board that approves matters the administration brings to it such as referendums, salary hikes, and other expenditures.


    WFRD Board of Fire Commissioners

    John Brendel, Dennis Leard, Steve Zimmerman

    The commissioners role is pretty much limited to appointments, removals, and promotions.

  36. Don’t forget what the dems are pushing next.

    A doubling of the state gasoline tax.

    Illinoisans already pay some of highest gas taxes in the nation, but a proposal in Springfield would accelerate residents’ gas tax burden to second-highest in the nation.

    Plus, the bill offers bumper-to-bumper tax hikes: license plates would increase $50 a year.

    An amendment added to Senate Bill 103 would double the motor fuel tax set at the state level to 38 cents from 19 cents per gallon. The gas tax hike would take effect July 2019, and increase each year based on a formula tied to inflation but capped at 1 cent per year. This tax hike would come atop the layers of state and local fuel and sales taxes Illinoisans pay at the pump.

    Suburban Chicagoland motorists might especially feel the pinch. The bill would allow Lake and Will counties to impose their own gas tax of up to 8 cents per gallon; and allow McHenry, DuPage and Kane to hike their current 4 cent-per-gallon gas taxes to 8 cents per gallon. Each collar county would use an annual increase formula similar to that of the state.

    Conserving gasoline would not be enough to avoid steep fee increases for eco-efficient drivers. Registration renewal for electric vehicles would spike to $148 from $18 a year under SB 103, an increase of more than 720 percent.

    All drivers would see a $50 spike when it’s time for a new license plate. The annual registration sticker fees would jump to $148, up from $98.

    That would come in addition to a handful of additional tax and fee increases, including doubling driver’s license fees to $60 from $30, a $60 increase on vehicle titles and a $100 “weight tax” hike across all truck classes.

  37. Electric car owners will see a 720% increase on license plates.

    Wait till they raise utility taxes.

    Registration renewal for electric vehicles would spike to $148 from $18 a year under SB 103, an increase of more than 720 percent.

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