Saturday Gathering of Tax Freeze Referendum Petition Signatures in Algonquin

A press release from GOP State Rep. candidate Allen Skillicorn:

Tax Freeze Referendum Petition Drive in McHenry County

Most of us agree that property taxes are out of control.

Who can afford an additional mortgage payment every month, just for property taxes?

I know it’s a giant burden for my family, and I’m sure it is for you too.

Tax -No More Tax Hikes ballot into boxWell Committeeman Glen Swanson is taking action against escalating property taxes.

Glen has started circulating petitions to freeze property taxes for all taxing bodies that are in or overlap within the Village of Algonquin.

Glen is shooting to get over 1,000 signatures in the next 30 days to get this on the November election ballot.

This Saturday I’m going to walk door to door with Glen to help get this Tax Freeze Referendum on the ballot. Can you spare a couple hours to join us?

This is also great opportunity for our Republican candidates to get out in front of an important issue, walk door to door in a target rich area, and interact with the best volunteers our movement has!

Tax Freeze Referendum Petition Drive
Meet at Committeeman Glen Swanson’s: 800 Providence Dr, Algonquin, IL
Arrive promptly at 10:00 AM Satruday, July 16th
Return at 2:00 PM for pizza and beverages

Even if you don’t live in the Village of Algonquin, it’s likely that a taxing body like the County or another district is represented on your tax bill.

Personally I hope we do this in other municipalities too, but right now Glen is leading the change.
This petition can be adapted for any municipality.
Great opportunity for first time canvassers too!

Please join us?


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Saturday Gathering of Tax Freeze Referendum Petition Signatures in Algonquin — 16 Comments

  1. While many concentrate on the issue of high property taxes, governments are finding new ways to raise revenue. When you talk about taxes you should be looking at the entire package.

    For example, Chicago property owners pay far less in property taxes then property owners in McHenry County. However, their overall Chicago tax burden is greater. McHenry County has many of these taxes plus they have Valley Hi, the Mental Health Board and a senior tax. Freeze the property tax and governments will simply increase other taxes UNLESS YOU ELECT THE CORRECT CANDIDATE! Elect candidates who do not lie!! That means you vote for Walkup and not the little liar.

    Some Chicago taxes:

    Amusement tax (5 percent or 9 percent of charges for amusement)
    Amusement tax – subscribers to paid television programming (9 percent of television programming costs)
    Boat-mooring tax (7 percent docking or mooring fees)
    Bottled-water tax (5 cents per bottle)
    Chicago share of the state income tax (distributed by the state)
    Cigarette tax ($1.18 per pack)
    Electricity infrastructure maintenance fee (usage schedule starting with 0.53 cents per kilowatt hour)
    Electricity use tax (usage schedule starting with 0.61 cents per kilowatt hour)
    Emergency telephone system surcharge – landline ($3.90 per month)
    Emergency telephone system surcharge – wireless ($3.90 per month)
    Foreign fire-insurance tax (2 percent of taxable premiums)
    Fountain-soft-drink tax (9 percent of syrup price)
    Gas use tax (6.2 cents per therm on businesses that purchase gas from sellers not subject to either distributor or reseller occupation taxes)
    Ground-transportation tax (varies, including $78 per month for city cabs, $3 per day for noncity cabs)
    Home-rule retailers’ occupation (sales) tax (1 percent on food and drugs; 2.25 percent on general items)
    Hotel-accommodations tax (5.58 percent of gross rental charge, includes municipal-level tax)
    Liquor tax ($0.29 per gallon of beer, $0.36 to $2.68 per gallon of liquor depending on alcohol content)
    Motor-vehicle lessor tax ($2.75 per vehicle per rental period)
    Nonretail transfer-of-motor-vehicles tax (based on schedule of age of vehicle, from $10 to $80)
    Occupation tax – natural-gas distributor and reseller (8 percent of receipts)
    Off-track-betting tax (1 percent of wagers plus $1 on off-track-betting admissions)
    Parking tax (22 percent for daily parking, 20 percent for daily parking on weekends, 20 percent valet parking)
    Personal-property-lease transaction tax (9 percent of receipts or charges)
    Personal-property replacement tax (distributed by state, 2.5 percent on corporate income, 1.5 percent on partnerships, trusts and S corporations)
    Real-property transfer tax ($5.25 per each $500 of transfer price)
    Restaurant tax (0.25 percent of retail price in addition to sales tax)
    Soft-drink tax (3 percent of price)
    Telecommunications tax (7 percent of receipts or charges)
    Tire fee ($1 for each new tire sold)
    Use tax for nontitled personal property (1 percent, except for first $2,500 each year)
    Use tax for titled personal property (1.25 percent)
    Vehicle fuel tax (5 cents per gallon)
    Wheel tax ($85.97 annually for small passenger automobile; $136.54 annually for large passenger vehicle) https://www.illinoispolicy.org/chicagoans-the-most-taxed-residents-in-illinois-paying-more-than-30-city-taxes/

  2. Great post & info Connect the Dots !

    We the voters need to vote for the people
    Who have a HISTORY of lowering TAXES,
    Hold others accountable, & listen to to US taxpayers that say, NO NEW TAXES .

    When the BIG SPENDERS come up for
    Reelection VOTE THEM OUT !

  3. Seriously, look at that people,
    A BOTTLED WATER TAX !

    Jack Franks will get equally insane
    Taxes enacted & more of his cronies
    Put in place if elected.

    He has been part of the the machine
    & Madigan MOB for nearly 2 DECADES !

    SEND the BIG SPENDERS & MANIPULATIVE career politicians
    A message & VOTE THEM OUT !

  4. Nobody likes taxes ……… what a great opportunity to talk to the people and say a few words about LYING JACK FRANKS the DEMONCRAT.

    Nothing like a little personal contact in a local election.

    Glen and Allen walking the streets … way to go guys!

  5. ” Chicago property owners pay far less in property taxes then property owners in McHenry County. However, their overall Chicago tax burden is greater. ”

    I disagree with this general assertion.

    In Woodstock, property tax rate is 4.6% of fair market value, compared to about 2.4% in Chicago.

    On a $200,000 home, the differential indicates Woodstock residents pay $4400 per year more than Chicago residents.

    On a soft dollar loss basis, Woodstock residents are also losing 2.2% of home equity value on their homes relative to Chicago homeowners (as unproductive additional property tax rates are negatively capitalized into home value).

    But leaving aside the annual $4400 more or less loss each year as Woodstock home equity relative value dwindles, let’s compare the additional $4,400 of actual additional property tax payment to other taxes which Chicago residents might pay:

    Let’s consider that there are taxes on some of these things in McHenry County also.

    AND most importantly, when a Chicagoan BUYS something and pays a tax , they are getting something in return.

    All we get for our property taxes here is the same level of public service provision provided in Chicago in return for their property tax payment.

    From Bureau of Labor Statistics we get average household expenditures for average households’ income $68,662

    Average household annual expenditures are : $54,992

    http://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/cesmy.pdf

    Amusement taxes: Households spend $2782 on Entertainment category. At 9% tax that totals $250

    Boat Mooring
    : falls under Entertainment Category

    Bottled water: Food category annual expenditures: $6887. If 2 bottled water used daily, total tax at $0.05/bottle totals $36

    Chicago share of state income tax
    : is supposed to be distributed pro rata so should be a wash.

    Cigarette: All Other Expenditures category annual expenditures: $2445. $1.18 per pack every day totals $430

    Electricity infrastructure maintenance fee
    (usage schedule starting with 0.53 cents per kilowatt hour): Housing is the BLS category for utility expenditures, hh annual expenditures are $18128 .Average usage at 1000 kWh per month, that would be total $64

    Electricity use tax (usage schedule starting with 0.61 cents per kilowatt hour)total $73

    Emergency telephone system surcharge – landline ($3.90 per month)annual total $47

    Emergency telephone system surcharge – wireless ($3.90 per month)annual total $47

    Foreign fire-insurance tax (2 percent of taxable premiums): Not sure what discretionary expenditure this is.

    Fountain-soft-drink tax (9 percent of syrup price): At Sam’s Club you can buy a 5 gallon bag-in-box soda syrup sufficient to make 320 12 oz drinks for about $75 (retail price). 9% tax would total $7

    Gas use tax (6.2 cents per therm on businesses that purchase gas from sellers not subject to either distributor or reseller occupation taxes)On 1500 therms annual total is $90

    Ground-transportation tax
    (varies, including $78 per month for city cabs, $3 per day for noncity cabs): Transportation expenditures $9315. If not a car owner, only taking taxi, no gasoline or vehicle taxes, total incorporates pro rata share of taxicab obligation. If one passenger accounts for 5% of a taxicab tax obligation, then annual total is $47

    Home-rule retailers’ occupation (sales) tax (1 percent on food and drugs; 2.25 percent on general items): this tax is prevalent in many counties, but using full food expenditure (remember we assigned some already to soda and restaurant and bottled water) $6887, this would total $69

    Hotel-accommodations tax (5.58 percent of gross rental charge, includes municipal-level tax)See Entertainment tax category payments

    Liquor tax
    ($0.29 per gallon of beer, $0.36 to $2.68 per gallon of liquor depending on alcohol content)entertainment, Other

    Motor-vehicle lessor tax
    ($2.75 per vehicle per rental period)

    Nonretail transfer-of-motor-vehicles tax
    (based on schedule of age of vehicle, from $10 to $80)call it $10
    Occupation tax – natural-gas distributor and reseller (8 percent of receipts)see gas use tax

    Off-track-betting tax (1 percent of wagers plus $1 on off-track-betting admissions)Falls into Entertainment category, fully accounted above. Also OTB in McHenry charges this, I know because I hit the exacta on the Preakness and the Belmont, and got short pay vs. track odds.

    Parking tax (22 percent for daily parking, 20 percent for daily parking on weekends, 20 percent valet parking)Parkers own cars and do not pay full taxi tax, we must assume. If is paid parking, Transportation Category expenditures are $9320. If parking is daily $20, then total annual would be $1606. Does this apply to owners of personal parking spaces, or just tourists?

    Personal-property-lease transaction tax (9 percent of receipts or charges)this replaces other taxes

    Personal-property replacement tax (distributed by state, 2.5 percent on corporate income, 1.5 percent on partnerships, trusts and S corporations)reabsorbed by Chicago

    Real-property transfer tax ($5.25 per each $500 of transfer price): this would be $2100 upon sale of home. If we assume sale every 20 years total= $105

    Restaurant tax (0.25 percent of retail price in addition to sales tax)if included in Food category ($6887), assume 20% of food budget spent on restaurant, total $3.44

    Soft-drink tax (3 percent of price)if 10% of food budget, total $21

    Telecommunications tax (7 percent of receipts or charges) at $1200 annual charges, total tax would be $84

    Tire fee ($1 for each new tire sold)assuming 4 tires every 4 years, total $1

    Use tax for nontitled personal property (1 percent, except for first $2,500 each year)these are priced into purchases, which may be made outside of Chicago. Households we must assume cannot expend more than income, and expenditures are categorized by BLS frequently. We may assume an extra 1.25% on these BLS expenditure categories: Apparel and services($1885), Education($1362), and All Other Expenditures($2445): total $71

    Use tax for titled personal property (1.25 percent)(see above)

    Vehicle fuel tax (5 cents per gallon) Transportation Category gasoline expenditure $2094 annual. at $2.5/gallon that is 837 gallons. total annual would be $42

    Wheel tax ($85.97 annually for small passenger automobile; $136.54 annually for large passenger vehicle)if $86, then no taxi tax.

    the total is well under $2000 and that is of taxes which may be replicated or exceeded in Woodstock,
    AND Chicagoan GET something in return (like cigarettes or soda pop).

    Will somebody look at the specifics with me?

  6. Real estate values in Chicago have also dropped.

    That said, I was simply posting what Illinois Policy has published.

    The bottom line is we all pay too much tax.

    My main point is, do not get caught up in the idea that a property tax freeze will solve the taxing problem.

    County Administrators, School Superintendents, Municipal managers and other career public sector employees are very innovative when it comes to draining money from taxpayers.

    The little liar was fully on board in Springfield when it came to so-called balancing the budget by using money intended for pensions.

    Peter Austin is very adept at finding sources of income for the county and someone like the little liar will fully support him.

    Voters may think the County Board runs this county but in fact it is run by Peter and other full time employees which he has insinuated into management of the county.

    Most of the County Board members cannot even read a financial statement.

  7. I’m not crying any tears for Chicago, but their property tax bills are going up an average of 12.8% for the 2015 tax year.

    This is due to both reassessment and Rahm raising the rates to pay for pensions.

    On the bright side, a Chi-town resident with money can hire Mikey Madigan’s law firm to try to knock down the assessment.

    I’ve heard they are very good at that.

  8. Follow the tax money…

    How much reaches it’s final destination, and is it used wisely?

    It’s like the Lotto money years ago that was designed for
    education.

    It went for education, but no extra money was the net result.

    The budgeted amount offset the lotto earnings.

    Politicians generate new taxing revenue and do what ever they want to spend it.

    As a result the lotto was the first phase of bringing gambling to Illinois. We now have casinos thru out the state.

    Millions of tax dollars of revenue coming in and with this money it is spent faster than one can blink an eye.

    How much of the spending is in the taxpayers best interest?

  9. Advisory referendum.

    Waste of time and worthless, does nothing if it passes except make a name for this “Committeeman.”

    Start going to your school board meetings instead, they’re the ones who take SEVENTY-FOUR PERCENT of your property taxes.

  10. Property tax rates in Chicago are around 2.4%.

    If they rise 13% they will be only 2.7%, far below Woodstock’s 4.6% rate.

  11. Chicago residents also have the dubious honor of paying a 10.25% sales tax.

    That’s tied for the highest in the nation.

    A lot of residents don’t have cars, so they are pretty much stuck with paying unless they hop on the train.

    On a related note, there is a group of people who come out to Harvard on the train every couple of weekends and stock up on cartons of cigarettes.

    Crook County taxes cigarettes at $3.00/pack in addition to Chicago’s $1.18/pack.

    Rahm wants to increase Chicago’s tax even more.

  12. The math doesn’t compare, because most people do not spend the price of their home each year on taxable expenditures.

    But everyone does have to pay the property tax rate times the price of their home each year.

    A higher property tax then equates to higher nominal expenditure each year, compared with higher sales tax rates.

  13. Chicago gets more value for their tax dollar as well.

    Park districts are better, there are plenty of free things to do, etc.

    Crap you want to visit a “beach” around here and they charge you!

    McHenry County?

    Well we get tons of overpaid and unnecessary people working public sector jobs!

  14. In Will County, where such a referendum was passed in Homer Glen, taxpayers went to tax districts, including schools, I believe, telling them of the results and urging the tax districts to follow the recommendation of the advisory referendum.

  15. It is a widespread misunderstanding that the lottery was passed to finance education.

    That was the pitch made before the vote, but the lottery was part of the RTA deal. The money expected to be raised–about $60 million–would supply the cash to transfer from the Illinois General Fund to the RTA.

    Revenue estimate turned out to be about right.

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