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Letter: Vote no on D-100 referendums

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014 1:56 p.m. CST

It is unbelievable the government bureaucrats in South Berwyn School District 100 are expecting taxpayers to take another huge pay cut so the government bureaucrats can prop up their bloated salaries and benefits without anything to show for it.

Just one of these two referenda would increase property taxes about $850 a year for an average home valued at $216,200. The second referendum is asking for another $51 million in bond principal only – not including interest.

According to the Cato Institute, government schools outspend private schools by 93 percent, and yet the outcomes for government school students are abysmal. District 100 already spends $16,631 per student, higher than the national average of $15,171, which is more than any other country! Throwing more money at the government schools is not the solution. Study after study shows that more is not better when it comes to school spending.

How is it that the people who are educating our kids can’t comprehend that more spending isn’t going to help the children; it only helps the bloated bureaucracy of government educators and administrators? Either these educators are not smart enough, or they are deceiving us on what it takes to educate kids.

With Illinois’ property taxes the second highest in the nation, it is unconscionable that we are being asked to pony up more than $1,000 dollars a year in additional property taxes and accept the sub-standard outcomes delivered by this education cabal.

I urge everyone to flood the polls between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. March 18 and vote no for these two property tax increase referenda. You can bet that all of the government employees will be there to vote for your $1,000-plus pay cut.

This huge property tax increase will force people out of their homes, and, for what? How about this time around we ask the, oh so caring for the children government employees to take the pay cut and really give to our community the way we taxpayers have done for so long?

Jim Tobin

Berwyn

Founder and president of Taxpayers United of America

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