A new commenter identifying as “Open Your Eyes” posted the following comment under my pitch for people to run for Precinct Committeeman entitled, “Fed Up with High Taxes?”
The problem with this blog is that anyone can post anything without proving what they post.
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Let us set some things straight regarding D200 and the Board.
1) Two High Schools that are both running at greater than 50% of capacity.
If you combine the two the result would be one overcrowded school.
This is not conducive to effective education.
2) D200 has not “always taxed to the max” as asserted here.
There have been tax increases yes, yet those increases have been in the range of cost increases that have been in line with the economy.
What is missed here is the process by which the levies are calculated.
The county assessor ESTIMATES the EAV in the early fall.
The taxing districts must budget on that estimate.
The State then finalizes the EAV in the following spring.
This means that if the EAV goes down in that period, your taxes will go up, even if the levy was flat for that year.
It is the nature of how Illinois does their taxation. Deal with it or get the State to change.
3) D200 gives the unions anything they want???
D200 currently is negotiating their contracts with the unions, no information has been released regarding those negotiations.
What facts support this statement?
If you look at the last contract term, D200 was actually less than surrounding Districts in comparison.
4) Clay Street School is the location of the special education programs for D200 for those students that cannot be in the general student population on a full time basis.
Some of those students are special needs, some are students that need to be in focused programs within a more structured environment. Like it or dislike it, it doesn’t matter.
The law mandates that all youth will be educated.
5) The YouTube video cited is completely out of context.
The Board had to deal with an issue created by a potential donation.
They made certain that every single member of the community was given the opportunity to speak on the issue.
This was done across three or four meetings.
They did make certain that individuals who had not had the time to speak in previous meetings were given the time to speak first.
Those that had prior opportunity were asked to wait and would be given time to speak if the time allotment allowed.
In two cases the board went beyond the time allowed but had to move on due to prior commitments.
They then scheduled further meetings to give the public the chance to speak.
Joe Tirio did indicate that he had filed an Open Meetings Act violation with the Attorney General.
Nothing further has been indicated on the outcome of that filing.
6) “Free” Clinic- where did that come from?
The clinic was built with money from grants.
The service provider partner is responsible for the cost of operations.
It is a public service being provided only as far as it is located in ta school.
This has been successful in numerous other communities in Illinois.
Regarding the liability- please note the detail by which the Board focused on the security matters of the patient records indicated in the meeting minutes of July when they approved the program.
The following are provided for clarification:
Yes, we should stop the madness.
Stop the madness of non-informed postings and misinformation in the public!!!