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Kendall County Tax Revolt Group Submits Referendum Petitions

Unless someone files a successful objection, a non-binding referendum will be on the November ballot asking local taxing bodies to reduce their levies by 20 percent.

Within three weeks, a grassroots effort against high local property taxes collected 2,891 signatures to place a non-binding referendum on the November ballot.

The Kendall County Tax Revolt group, led by local activists Mark Johnson, Judie Burks, Jan Alexander and Greg O’Neil, wants to ask voters whether every levy of every governing body in Kendall County should be reduced by 20 percent. They needed about 2,500 signatures to get the question on the ballot, and submitted more than that Monday morning.

"Everyone we've talked to said, 'Thank you so much for doing this,'" said Burks.

Johnson also has been .

The four organizers wore matching black T-shirts stating "for the people, not from the people," as they submitted the 239 pages of signatures Monday at the . People can challenge the petition through Aug. 13; if no successful challenges are filed, the question will appear on the November ballot.

No matter what the outcome of the referendum, local governing bodies will not be required to lower their levy—or the amount of money they seek in property taxes. But organizers hope the referendum will capture elected officials' attention and inspire them to make some cuts.

"We're not saying cut firefighters, cut police officers, cut teachers," Johnson said. "... People are just fed up (with taxes.)"

The group also is planning to research key dates in the levy process for each taxing body and encourage residents to attend those meetings.

Their effort started with an event in Yorkville's on June 1 to distribute information on appealing property tax assessments. After another public event in Oswego, their focus expanded to the referendum.

Organizers emphasized that they are a bipartisan group.

"Our circle has Republicans and Democrats in it," O'Neil said. "We don't discuss those issues."

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Todd Milliron August 07, 2012 at 04:54 PM
Tim, Maybe you should give Jon Zahm a call. http://thegoliathslayer.com/index.html When you do, ask him what happened to his government job in the City of Geneseo, IL. You can pay Kenny Toftoy’s “Wanna be (cap pistol) Hired Gun” to do your petition review for you. Mr. Zahm just recently pulled and reviewed Independent Kendall Coroner Candidate Mike Dabney’s nominating petitions for a fee. Of course, you still have the problem of finding a registered Kendall County Voter that has the legal standing to challenge and will sign that challenge, as both you and Jon Zahm do not live in Kendall County. Good luck on finding that registered voter in Kendall County that has large enough cajones to stand against 3000 motivated individuals who signed that petition. We that pay the freight around here are fed up and refuse to take it anymore.
Mel August 07, 2012 at 05:32 PM
The fire department in Oswego works on one of the lowest budgets in the area compared to surrounding areas. We get a lot in return. Great buildings, highly trained medics/firemen who staff our stations, new/updated equipment and excellent response times. They bring in revenue. Look at your tax bill...They have maintained their budget...It's not their fault!! Safety is a need in my book. The park district in Oswego is always full with kids and adults participating in activities. They have done an excellet job at maintaining a resonable budget and offering so many things for our community. I do feel they could increase their pricing of passes to the pool, food and the costs of their activities. Gotta pay if you got the time to play. The police and sheriff's office brings in revenue and works on one of the tightest budgets around as well. The Sheriff's office even gave back a million dollars back to the tax payers because they made more than expected. They make us money and help with the taxes. I say increase for patrol and at the jail because they bring/make us all money. No more free health insurance & retirement benefits for all part time board members/politicians. If they want it then they should pay for it just like all union/county workers. No more county county credit cards...Go to a purchase order system. No business vehicles for personal use. They stay at work. No food/clothing allowances. They can buy/provide their own as we all do for our daily jobs.
Tim August 07, 2012 at 05:49 PM
I'll just forward it to the states attorney and get the taxpayers to pay for it. You know, like you got them to pay for your 'audit' on your political opponent. Looking forward to the results of that waste of money. You spent a few 10's of thousand of taxpayer dollars to 'recoup' $235 in incorrectly expensed items. I laugh at how this number of people who have signed it keeps getting bigger after it has already been turned in. But, it's nice to know you don't really care about anything other than politics. Obviously, anyone that rejects your nonsense MUST be a supporter of your opponent. Did you ever stop to consider that not everyone sees the world through your political eyes?
Todd Milliron August 07, 2012 at 06:23 PM
Tim, There is nothing illegal about a citizen’s right to petition their local government, exercising that right and asking for a vote to be put to the electorate. The States Attorney’s job is to investigate and prosecute crooks. We have a few here in Kendall County pretending to be elected officials, one “good ole boy” hand washing the other, looking the other way, while we taxpayers get soaked with the bills for these elected-official's “entitlement” spending or should I call it economic development for a select few. Each year we are required to pay even still higher taxes. I will continue to shine sunlight on these local government entitlement-spending officials/employees and expose the posers who choose to spend our tax money for their own personal benefit.
Carol Anaski-Figurski August 08, 2012 at 11:13 PM
Thanks again for all your hard work and ingenuity

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