By Mark Weyermuller -
I'm voting NO on the the $14.5 million dollar tax increase on the ballot in Wilmette on Tuesday, April 7, 2015. The bond issue referendum was proposed by the park district to build a bathroom at the Langdon Beach. The board also plans improvements to the Lakeside Center and various other projects at Gilson Beach on the lakefront. We have all the facts and the fact is taxes are too high.
While I don't oppose improvements, I like many of my neighbors feel we are taxed enough already. Our 17 levies on a typical Wilmette tax bill continue to grow to thousands of dollars a year. This along with a looming unfunded pension crisis are creating a financial meltdown in the near future. I am also voting for the Stephanie Foster and Ryrie Pellaton for Wilmette Park Board. They are the only candidates who support no tax increases. We are asking people to bullet vote for these two candidates only leaving the third spot blank.
Last November, voters here approved a $89 million tax increase for New Trier High School to add a new cafeteria and about a dozen new classrooms. The school located in Winnetka has had a declining enrollment of the past ten years so many feel this was too much money during these tough economic times. The school along with the park district is also facing the looming pension crisis.
Again, I am voting No on the Wilmette 14.5 million Dollar Tax Referendum and I am asking all my neighbors to do the same.