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Watch Seeks Return of Surplus Funds From District 99 Before $183 Million Tax Increase Request

The $195 per year tax increase ($300,000 market value residence) should not be, cannot be, granted unless the Board of Education demonstrates that when taxes are collected in excess of what is needed, the members of the BOE will fulfill their Oath of Office and return the surplus to the families and business owners who make up our community.

The Downers Grove Watch requests that this discussion be put on the February 26 agenda.

Letter to Board President Kupka:

Bond Trust Fund Surplus Abatement

District 58 School Board To Issue $2.8 Million In Bonds, 20% Of Which Has No Stated Purpose.

If the true purpose for the Working Cash Fund bond sale is for projects (and not for “working cash purposes”), as twisted as that interpretation may be, then the amount this Board can legally and honestly sell must reasonably conform to the amount that is needed. That amount is currently $2,255,000. If the Board desires to sell the Series 2018 non-referendum bond for additional projects, hold another BINA hearing to comply with all of the procedural requirements for issuing debt. If you ignore this recommendation, you run the risk of knowingly, willingly and intentionally selling bonds for no stated purpose, which may be construed in Wheaton, Elgin, or Springfield to be fraudulent.

More Information Here:

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District 58 School Board Seeks $2,810,000 Taxable Bond Issuance, Skirts Public Referendum

Scott O’Connell, former School Board Member, gives testimony as a taxpayer advocate to the District 58 School Board.

The community faces $2,000,000 dollars in increased debt burden over-and-above a voter- approved ballot initiative because members of the Board are too afraid of the likely response from the community!

A back-door referendum is not the same as a direct question placed on the ballot.
By using this sneaky method, the District 58 Board will not have to directly ask the voters for permission to raise taxes.

Complete testimony and supporting documents here:

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Exhibits

 

At-A-Glance Report Card 2015-2016 for District 58 Students

At-A-Glance Report Card 2015-2016 for District 58 Student Success Rates Based on Student PARCC Assessments; Underwhelming.
https://www.illinoisreportcard.com

 

DuPage County 2016 ISBE Report Cards1 DuPage County 2016 ISBE Report Cards2

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the Downers Grove Watch Association

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Olsen wins 81st House District seat

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Republican David Olsen, who this summer was appointed to the state’s 81st House District seat, won his own term Tuesday.

Olsen defeated Democratic challenger Greg Hose by tallying 27,818 votes — or 54 percent — to Hose’s 24,145 votes — or 46 percent — according to unofficial results with all 108 precincts in DuPage and Will counties reporting.
Olsen, 28, of Downers Grove, was appointed July 30 to the seat representing all or parts of Downers Grove, Darien, Lisle, Bolingbrook, Naperville, Westmont and Woodridge after the resignation of former state Rep. Ron Sandack.

Olsen called it “a great honor to win the election and to clearly have the confidence of the voters.”

Read More: Daily Herald

 

Vattimo Resigns

Commissioner Gina Vattimo announced today that she will resign her seat on the Village Council effective immediately. In a letter to the Village Council, Vattimo expressed her gratitude for having the opportunity to serve the community.

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“It’s been my privilege to serve the Downers Grove community and to work with the highly skilled and dedicated members of the Village Council and staff. I would especially like to thank Mayor Tully for being a great mentor as well as someone who cares deeply about Downers Grove and its future,” Vattimo stated.

Mayor Martin Tully said, “While her time on the Village Council was short, her contributions were many and meaningful. Her service to the community is very much appreciated.”

The Village Council will work expeditiously to fill the vacancy created by her resignation.

David Olsen Chosen As New District 81Representative

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David S. Olsen was sworn in Wednesday and will replace Ron Sandack as the State Representative for the 81st District.  He will face off against Democratic candidate Greg Hose’ in November.  Both candidates serve as Commissioners on the Downers Grove Village Council with Mr. Olsen relinquishing that position in favor of his appointment.

We wish David well.

Downers Grove Village Council comes to consensus on facility renovation plan

A majority of the Downers Grove Village Council supports a facilities overhaul plan that will largely address the needs of the police station, while delaying long-term solutions for the village hall.

Village staff presented two more facility plans at the April 19 council meeting, after presenting three plans with cost estimatesduring the March 1 meeting.

“What we heard quite literally from the council last month is the options should address the needs of the police station and should remain entirely within the $16 million total project budget,” Deputy Village Manager Michael Baker said.

A majority of the council liked “Option 4,” which would include an addition and interior renovations to the police station and short-term maintenance to the village hall. The plan is estimated to cost $15.1 million.

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A 13,200-square-foot addition would be built to the south of the police station and address most of the department’s stated operational deficiencies, including more private interview areas, larger lockers, and more space for investigations and evidence storage.

Most of the commissioners said that they are willing to allow the village to further explore this plan, as long as the police department is happy with it.

“From the beginning of this, I’ve said that taking care of the police station is my top priority, and ‘Option 4’ gets that done,” Commissioner Greg Hose said.

Mayor Martin Tully said the plan does nothing to solve the village hall problems, but he believes it is best to treat the police station and village hall as separate projects so they can make progress on some of the renovations.

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Downers Grove Commissioner Barnett selective in conflict concerns

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The Village of Downers Grove Commissioner Bob Barnett appears to be very selective in which conflicts of interest concern him.  We recently reported on his request to the DuPage County State’s Attorney for an opinion regarding David Olsen serving as both the Mayor Pro tem for Downers Grove and a College of DuPage Trustee.

The question we now have is why is he concerned with David Olsen’s appointment when he was silent on past Mayor Sandack serving in that capacity as well as taking Dan Cronin’s vacated Senate seat?

Clearly a sitting Mayor has a potential conflict being a State Senator, but not a peep  out of Barnett, who also happens to be Sandack’s committee treasurer.

 

You can review the State Board of Elections report for Sandack, which confirms Barnett is in fact the treasure of his committee, at this link.

Of additional interest is how not a single paper, that we could find, raised any issue of concern regarding Sandack’s conflict of serving as Mayor and State Senator.  We can only wonder why it’s now newsworthy for the Daily Herald.

We know Cronin did not want Olsen to be appointed as COD Trustee, but the next question is what on earth do these people have against David Olsen?  Is his leadership  as a young and upcoming political figure in DuPage County a threat to the King-Maker?

We will update when the Attorney General responds to the request for an opinion, which may take years.

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