Tax Reform Party Says They'll Do More, Tax Less

Tax Reform Party challenges Ela First.



Submitted by the Ela Tax Reform Party. 

The Ela Tax Reform Party has announced a challenge to the Ela Township board to reduce its excessive reserves and return a significant amount of tax dollars to property owners.  The challenge is based on moves by the incumbent board to adopt some of the ideas of the Tax Reform Party prior to the election. Tax abatement and increasing services to all residents have been part of the Tax Reform Party platform for months. 

“Two months ago, the Tax Reform Party announced that, if elected, we would abate up to $2 million in property taxes to residents,“ said Barbara Evans, supervisor candidate with the Tax Reform Party. “People were responding so well to our message of tax abatement that two weeks ago, the incumbents adopted our idea and approved an ordinance to reduce the tax levy by $459,539.  While that’s a step in the right direction, it doesn’t go far enough to reduce Ela Township overtaxation.  There is still enough surplus for an additional $1.45 million in property tax abatement that could have and should have been passed,” said Evans. 

Members of the Ela Tax Reform Party slate have used the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to extract information on fund balances and surpluses from Ela Township elected officials because detailed financial information is not readily made public.  According to Ela Township FOIA information received, fund balances were almost $6 million as of Feb 28, 2013 and these balances have increased by almost $1.6 million over the past four years.   Reducing fund balances would leave up to $2 million in surplus to abate and still have funds left over to address future improvements in facilities and services. 

The Ela Township incumbents have also claimed in published articles that they have not increased taxes, but according to Lake County tax records, Ela Township tax rates increased in 2009, 2010, and 2011. “Ela Township raised taxes three times in the last four years while accumulating nearly $6 million in taxpayers’ money in reserves,” said Wayne Wnek, Ela Tax Reform Party candidate for Assessor.  “They have over-budgeted their needs in order to justify a higher tax rate resulting in the Township holding more than it reasonably needs.  Rather than go to the voters, they continue to brazenly build up surpluses so they can spend as they want, as they have the past eight years.  That needs to stop.”


Wnek is a certified general appraiser with 38 years of appraisal experience and holds the prestigious MAI, CCIM and MRICS real-estate designations.  Recently it was revealed that his opponent, John Barrington, was exaggerating his credentials as an appraiser.  The State of Illinois has listed Barrington as qualified only as an appraiser trainee.  An Associate Real Estate Trainee Appraiser is subject to direct supervision by an appraiser like Wayne.  With over $2 billion in property value (EAV) in Ela Township, having someone qualified to determine if valuations are fair and equitable is critical.

“I am greatly concerned that the incumbent officials would so cavalierly misrepresent their actions and our plans,” noted Tax Reform Party Supervisor candidate Evans.  “The Tax Reform Party has a reasonable and responsible plan to reduce reserves, saving money for every taxpayer in the Township—with no negative impact on vital township services like the bus service, senior programs, social services, road maintenance and more,” she continued.  The Township only needs $3 million to operate for a full year and receives that amount in tax revenues each year.  The eight members of the Tax Reform Party slate of candidates, which includes many business owners and financial professionals, have calculated that it is possible to return tax dollars to property owners while keeping reserves at a responsible level, planning for future improvements, and expanding services for residents. 

“The Tax Reform Party will be transparent about the finances of the Township and involve the community to set priorities.  One million dollars was budgeted in 2012-2013 for future building improvements, but absolutely nothing was built.  The same million is again budgeted in 2013-2014 with no real explanation for what it is for.   And our FOIA requests have confirmed that the incumbents spent $3.7 million on the township hall building, which houses only the elected officials and their staffs, not the $2.5 million Supervisor Prouty claimed, ” said Evans.   “The days of politicians playing such shell games with tax dollars should be over.” 

For more information about the Tax Reform Party, visit www.elareform.org

jeannine nasca April 04, 2013 at 04:54 PM
I would have to disagree with the Tax Reform Party. As a tax paying resident of Lake Zurich I believe that if there is a surplus then obviously they are being fiscally responsible as we are all hearing how many towns are in the red and facing bankruptcy. Also, my taxes have indeed gone down. Ela First is a group of honest, responsible individuals who have PROVEN thier ability to make decisions that are beneficial to our township and its citizens. The Tax Reform party is made up of largely unemployed , inexperienced individuals who claim they will lower taxes. Don't all politicians make that empty promise? How will they do that? Right now, our township is doing well financially. I will vote for Ela First!
Anonymous April 04, 2013 at 08:03 PM
I love Evans comment: "I am greatly concerned that the incumbent officials would so cavalierly misrepresent their actions and our plans" ......considering that Randy Abbott from the Tax Reform Party has been mis-representing himself for years- even back to when he USED to work for the township.
Lead Follow or Get Out of the Way April 05, 2013 at 06:48 AM
Took a class in mudslinging 101 I see? I certainly hope you are not one of the candidates affiliated with the Ela First slate. You may not agree with your opponents' positions, but you should still be respectful and not attempt to besmirch someone personally. Use facts please.
Anonymous April 05, 2013 at 08:05 PM
I ONLY use facts. Everything I have submitted is a fact. I would not say otherwise. Suggestion for "Lead Follow or Get out of the way" : Maybe check your facts?....


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