Every ten years the USA conducts a full census in accordance with the US Constitution. One was just done for 2020 and they are late releasing the results. Yesterday, they released the changes to how many Congressional seats each state will have. In Illinois, our legislature has until June 30,2021 (2+ months) to redraw the maps for the federal congressional districts as well as the Illinois state House and Senate districts. Pettitions for the 2022 elections will need to be completed this fall. It feels like the last election just ended and the next is about to begin.
States losing 1 Congressional seat each (5 blue states, 2 red states)
Shall Milton Township establish and maintain community mental health facilities and services including services for the person with a developmental disability or substance disorder and levy therefore an annual tax of not to exceed .15%?
While we do not deny that Mental Health is a real issue, we Simply don’t think that throwing more money at it, without a plan, is a solution.
Why VOTE NO?
The current Milton Township tax rate is .0408, this new tax can be as high as .15. That is over 3.5 times the current township rate for a new tax! Our property tax bills are already too high.
Mental health services are the responsibility of the State and County, not the Township.
Taxpayers built a state-of-the-art mental health facility just five years ago in the heart of Milton Township at the County complex. NAMI DuPage does a great job helping people with mental health issues. This is unneeded at the Township level.
Over 70% on Milton residents have PRIVATE insurance to access mental health services and other residents already have access to services through the county and state programs.
This referendum is only for mental health. Not for any other services for addiction or the developmentally disabled. Do not be misled by the wording of the referendum.
This new board and referendum to fund it have never been discussed and approved at a Milton Township board meeting.
This referendum was an initiative of a small group who collected petition signatures. We did not know about the petition until it was too late to challenge the signatures. A quick look and we found that many were obviously outside the township or illegible. Milton residents should have been informed and given time to participate prior to it appearing on the ballot.
If this passes, it will establish a new Mental Health “slush-fund” to be spent (given as Grants) by a yet-to-be-appointed, 7-person, unelected board. That is too much power, in too few hands, especially given the fact that we haven’t seen a plan.
And the referendum supporters are not being truthful about how much it will cost taxpayers. A flyer that I was given claims it “would cost only $6 per month on a hone valued at $300,000.” The referendum authorizes more than double that amount.
A friend who lives in West Chicago did her research – contacted several candidates and heard back from a few. She also searched the internet and checked with a friend who pay attention to politics and tends to agree with her on the issues. Her results:
West Chicago Park District – 4 year term, write-in “Courtney L. Voelz” Be sure to spell it exactly as it shows on the listing including the middle initial. Close is not good enough for election counting. There is a second write-in option – DO not vote for her.
West Chicago Public Library – Diane Kelsey and Frank Fokta
For Palatine/Schaumburg Township High School District 211 our friends who live in the district recommend three independent candidates who currently have students in the district: Hinkle, Steel, Vollkommer. #momsfor211. Unlike some of their competition, they are not funded by the Teachers’ union. They understand what’s at stake with regard to indoctrination vs. education, the trans agenda, and our property taxes. Our students deserve school board members who will take the job seriously and not simply rubber stamp what the administration presents.
Hinsdale High School District 86: Justin Baron Board Member
Justin is the only person running who has laid out specific plans on how to bring curriculum and resource balance to Hinsdale High School District 86. The remaining District 86 candidates offer nothing but the continued downward spiral of indoctrination and disrespect to the institutions that make our nation great.
For efficient well run efficient township government I am endorsing the following candidates.
The people elected in these Consolidated Elections make HUGE decisions which impact our lives every day. SCHOOL Boards, Library Boards, Village Boards, etc. They decide if children will be EDUCATED or INDOCTRINATED. They decide how much tax is levied for every line item on YOUR property tax bills! CHOOSE WISELY and then GET OUT AND VOTE.
Print your sample ballot:
Go to your county election website. (e.g., https://www.dupageco.org/VoterLookup/ ) Download your sample ballot (enter your data, search, and look for a pdf link to your sample ballot). Do your research. Mark up your sample ballot and take it into the voting booth with you.
If there is a check box with a line on a race for write-in candidates you should consider them as well. For DuPage County, the list of potential write-in names can be found on https://www.dupageco.org/Election/Candidates_and_Campaigns/37053/Be sure to spell the name exactly as it shows on the listing including the middle initial if one exists. Close is not good enough for election counting.
What I want from my Local Government (I hope you agree):
affordable taxes, and
reliable, efficient local government services.
with this in mind I am posting my picks and few that have been given to me by reliable friends.
I suggest you find your sample ballot, and do your own research as well.
I have already posted some of my picks here. I will post more from friends as I receive them.