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Forum: Oppose change in refinery assessment

Updated: June 24, 2013 2:14PM



We would like to inform the taxpayers of Lockport Township High School District 205 and Will County School District 92 of a potential change in Illinois law regarding oil refinery tax assessment that would have severe financial ramifications for the taxpayers and students of the districts.

The two districts are among the many taxing bodies that receive tax dollars from the Citgo Refinery in Lemont. If passed, Senate Bill 2345 would provide tax breaks to oil companies on the backs of property owners.

SB 2345 continues Illinois’ practice of underfunding education. Gov. Pat Quinn has announced his intent to further reduce school funding by cutting general state aid to schools to 80 percent and transportation to 19 percent of promised levels.

The proposed legislation would result in less money for our schools. Already, school districts are facing the possibility of being required to cover the state’s share of pension contributions, which would further shift the state’s responsibility to local taxpayers, who now provide more than 90 percent of the revenue for local schools.

In Springfield, we spoke out against SB 2345, and afterward several senators pulled their support for the bill. We are asking taxpayers to contact your legislators in the Senate and the House to voice your strong opposition to SB 2345.

Todd Wernet

District 205 superintendent

Gary Peck

District 92 superintendent

Big Brother rules IRS

Just when you hoped that Big Brother was sleeping, you can find him alive and well in the form of the Internal Revenue Service.

If your organization was one of the hundreds that applied for tax-exempt status starting in about 2010 and had the wrong title in it, you got a red flag to be audited.

Groups that were Christian, conservative, Jewish, constitutional, pro-life or patriotic set off the IRS alarms. They were grilled on their activities, and the IRS wanted personal information about their donors. Applications lingered for up to three years to stifle them.

At the expense of taxpayers and donors, this ostracizing was done to lessen conservative voices and votes. By the way, look for the 16,000 new IRS hires that handle your confidential health information and are soldiers for Obamacare.

Susan Hope

Homer Glen

Not-so-loony idea

Recently, the executive vice president of the National Rifle Association, Wayne LaPierre, called for trained armed security officers to be assigned to our public schools to protect our children. The Democrats and mainstream media laughed at the idea and called him “loony.”

But now our smart mayor, Rahm Emanuel, says firefighters, streets and sanitation workers and park district employees will protect our schoolchildren, and we see the media flocking to him and saying, “what a great idea.”

I’m sorry, I’m with the “loony” LaPierre. I prefer trained security people over the pool boy at the park district pool when it comes to my child’s safety.

Joe Smith

Chicago



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