HINSDALE - Monday night, the Hinsdale Township High School District 86 Board of Education voted for a flat Tax Levy with no tax hike for homeowners. The meeting, held in the Hinsdale South Auditorium, was packed with teachers, teacher union reps and taxpayers.
"The teacher union rep, and many of the old Board cocktail party pals demanded a maximum tax hike for all taxpayers of D86," local resident Mark Thoman reports. "That's worth repeating: most of the teachers' pals, and their cocktail party circuit of bluebloods demanded higher taxes for everyone, regardless of whether taxpayers could afford it. After all, THEY could afford it."
D86 teachers are the highest paid in the area: 48 percent of the teachers earn more than $100,000 each school year. The nurse earns $134,000 annually. They have a blue chip benefits package, Thoman wrote on the Illinois Conservative Facebook page.
"They're used by surrounding school districts as rationale for the other districts to hike pay and benefits ("Look, we're not paying as much as Hinsdale!"). The new BOE majority was not voting to change any of that. They value good teachers and good schools.
Two of the Board members remaining from the "old max tax hike" crowd, Kay Gallo and Jennifer Planson, moved and seconded an attempt to amend the flat Tax Levy.
"Downers Grove Township Republican Organization is pleased to see responsible people with reasoned principles- Dr. Richard Skoda, Victor Casini, BOE VP Ed Corcoran, and BOE President Claudia Manley- held fast to the facts, common sense, and fiscal responsibility and rejected the tax hike," Thomas reported.
Thoman said "Elections have consequences," and for D86 taxpayers, the last election is starting to look like voters are catching on.