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Kendall County Property Tax Revolt Part 3

Will you join us on Friday, June 1st in Yorkville’s Town Square Park? We will be there from noon until 8:00 pm. Together we can and will make a difference!

Will you join us on Friday, June 1st in Yorkville’s Town Square Park? We will be there from noon until 8:00 pm. Together we can and will make a difference!

It’s always been easy to budget when you had a good, steady job, received pay raises, and had money to put into your savings. You are now finding out how you have to budget when one of you has lost their job, may be taking pay cuts, and are trying to find a way for your kids to get or further their education. Some call it tough love. Some call it a disaster. Somehow everyone is forced into living with less.

So when our government wants more, they just take it. They give a token reply that they are working really hard to cut costs but when you look at the tax levies submitted, you see they are just complaining about how “small of an increase” they have to work with. Someone needs to really challenge them. Hopefully we can begin that process right now.

If we can all stand up and tell them the system is broken and we want it fixed immediately, we can begin to make the necessary change. Am I the expert with all the answers? No way! But together, as a solid voice, we can begin the process. We want everyone to be treated fairly and honestly. As we begin peeling back the layers of the onion we can see there are people taking advantage of the loopholes and causing more pain on the rest of us. Our government has found a way to get blood from a turnip and many of us are saying it is time to stop. Why doesn’t the government use something similar to ZILLOW (www.zillow.com) to assess our homes? It is based entirely on house sales in your neighborhood and is constantly updated. This would appear to be fair and equal for everyone’s assessment. Instead the assessors use a 3-year average and re-assesses if the numbers aren’t working out for them. Is this the solution? No, but it is a step in the right direction. It is time to change the system.

Let’s begin this process June 1st in Yorkville’s Town Square. Hopefully our voice will grow and this will go statewide. Join us and let’s begin a new chapter together.

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Bob Allen May 29, 2012 at 04:40 PM
There is an important message that needs to be sent on this issue. Mark, you are the wrong person to send it. People are being hurt by false assessments. They are willing to pay their fair share. You show up at city council meetings and you are thought to be a city property taxpayer by the way that you talk. You don't live in city limits, even though you are surrounded by subdivisions filled with people who do. My street, which is within city limits, has a 19-foot crater on it. You drive on city streets all the time, but you don't pay city property taxes because you live in the island neighborhood of Conover. I agree that the phony county assessments are a ripoff. But I would not follow someone who is shorting City of Yorkville coffers by avoiding paying city property taxes.
Greg O'Neil May 30, 2012 at 08:40 PM
While I whole heartedly agree with the premise that assessments are too high, lowering assessments across the board will NOT result in lower tax bills. The only way to lower the tax bill is to reduce spending and thereby lower the levy. Private ownership of property is a sad joke, you don't own your house, you rent it from local government and if you think otherwise just quit paying your taxes and see what happens to your house. I would like to abolish property taxes as they are in conflict with our constitutional rights to own property. Income taxes would be a much better alternative because when your income is high, you have the ability to pay, and when you retire or lose your job, you won't have to pay much. We have allowed ourselves to become slaves and have sold out our rights as individuals to the collective, socialist school districts. What worse is they aren't even doing much to educate the kids, we are at the bottom of the heap in educational achievement throughout the world. No amount of money will fix this problem, it will require ridding ourselves of public unions and crooked politicians.
Mark A Johnson May 31, 2012 at 12:51 PM
For those sincerely interested in this event, come on down anytime you have available tomorrow. We will have handouts and information available to help you prepare for the Assessor's re-assessment this Fall. We will also have sign-up sheets to receive future info and/or to join our think-tank to find solutions. Remember, "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." - Margaret Mead. . See you tomorrow!
Jillian Duchnowski May 31, 2012 at 05:45 PM
If you're looking for some reading material before the event, might I suggest this article I wrote: http://patch.com/A-tx8P or this article from The Beacon-News: http://beaconnews.suntimes.com/12864916-417/west-aurora-tax-freeze-ends-property-owners-feel-the-burn.html
Jillian Duchnowski May 31, 2012 at 05:56 PM
Also, this article discusses Kendall County's decision not to levy as much as it possibly could in taxes: http://patch.com/A-pdP8

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