I just got off the phone with our state rep Chuck Krezwick staff person. I questioned where Mr. Krezwick stood on the potential issue of school districts assuming pension obligations.
She stated that Mr. Krezwick will do whatever possible to limit the states liability. That statement intuitively means he could vote to push the pension burden (which the state botched) onto the school district, which in turn could raise property taxes (School districts are funded through property taxes). This point was discussed, to which I received a cryptic answer.
I urged her to pass the message along to our state rep that this solution is unacceptable for the following reasons:
1. The state administered the program, which they took 8 percent out of every teacher’s paycheck. Where did that money go?
2. Property taxes could essentially double for Orland/Palos/Tinley residents in an already tough economy.
3. Instead of taxing make sound decisions and cut special interest funding, i.e. free rides for seniors on public transportation. (Yes, I know they have removed this)
4. She questioned where the money should come from to pay for the mistakes of the past? Perhaps our State Reps and they respective staff give up their pensions to fund these issues.
After my last comment the phone went dead and she said she would pass my concerns along.
My only hope is this state can find its way and you can't tax your way out of problems. The problems must be dealt with in a meaningful and fair way to those who have paid and contribute to society.