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Statement from DuPage Township Democrats

DuPage Township Dems vote No endorsement on Park Board referendum

10/3/2018, 6 a.m.
Bolingbrook - On September 19 the DuPage Township Democrats discussed the upcoming Nov. 6th Bolingbrook Park Board Referendum that will ...

Bolingbrook - On September 19 the DuPage Township Democrats discussed the upcoming Nov. 6th Bolingbrook Park Board Referendum that will increase our property taxes.

DuPage Township Democrats voted unanimously to VOTE NO on the upcoming ballot measure.

Below is the list of reasons we are not supporting this property tax increase:

• Capital Bond issues should be reserved for new operational projects, not maintenance.

• Below is a list of additional reasons that we do not and cannot support this addition to our property tax:

Poor fiscal management and prioritizing ex. Paying out over $500,000 in legal fees over 4 years to fight a union covering 48 landscape employees. This “Union Busting” money should have been used for playground maintenance or improvements they want.

• One of the projects is improving the BRAC entrance. The BRAC entrance does not need renovating. It is functional and clean.

• The center island of lazy river at BRAC does not need new pavilions. This is only an excuse to have new areas to rent out for special events. The taxpayers have to pay to build them, then pay to use them.

• Even though the taxpayers of Bolingbrook paid to build the BRAC and thru property taxes pay for the operation of BRAC, there is not one venue or activity they can use or participate in without paying fees.

• Bolingbrook has only one public pool to serve over 76,000 residents and the thousands of non residents that use the pool. Yet their priority is activities that require more and higher fees. The priority should be more FREE aquatic services for the village.

• The Park District has shown, as too many taxing bodies do, the desire to spend more and more taxpayer dollars, but not the need to spend more.

When there is an opportunity for taxpayers to have their taxes drop, our taxing bodies should welcome that opportunity.