Issue: Pension Increase Due to Pay Raise

The real impact of raising the mayor’s pay to from $40,000 to $150,000 is to his pension, which will increase from $25,000 to over $100,000 with one more term. This will cost taxpayers more than $2.1 million over 20 years.

The IMRF pension is funded by 3 sources:

  • Paycheck deduction of 4.5% of pay. The mayor’s pay and deduction are paid by taxpayers.
  • Contributions from municipal organizations throughout the state = taxpayers
  • Investment returns

For people entering the pension system before 2011, like the mayor, their pension is calculated as follows:

  • Must work for 8 years to be eligible (10 years for persons entering system after 2011)
  • Service credit of 1.67% for the first 15 years and 2% for each subsequent year = The Mayor currently has 59% service credit that becomes 67% if elected to, and completing, one more term
  • The highest 4 years of pay in the last 10 years of service – this is why the increase of $150,000 for the next term of 4 years has a massive pension impact.

 My Solution

Term limiting the Mayor’s and other elected officials’ positions reduces or eliminates pension eligibility and encourages community involvement and fresh ideas.

Our village charter has a Village Manager that implements the policies of the board and manages the Village. The Mayor’s role, by charter, is not a full time responsibility.

 Issue: Wasteful Spending

  • Main Street Triangle Project – Over $150 Million dollars of tax payer money spent to date
  • Long Term Debt has increased from $13.6M at the beginning of 1998 to $158M at the start of 2016, and doubled in the last five years (Figure 1)
  • Village operational spending has more than tripled since 1997 while population has increased approximately 20% (Figure 2)
Village of Orland Park Long-Term DebtVillage of Orland Park Operational Spending Chart

 My Solution

  • Encourage market based solutions and not entering risky real estate investments taxpayer money
  • Reduce waste, eliminate redundancies and employ resources more efficiently
  • Pay down our debt

 Issue: Increased Property Taxes

  • The Village of Orland Park’s portion of your tax bill has increased from 5% to 7% of your tax bill since 2005
  • The Village of Orland Park Tax Rate has increased 76% in the last decade, significantly more than any other taxing authority (Figure 3)
2005-15 Percent Tax Rate Increase Chart

What does this mean to your property tax bill? A 72% increase over 10 years (Figure 4)

Village of Orland Park Property Tax on 300k Home Chart

How does the property tax rebate impact this? The property tax rebate program originally coincided with a 0.75% home rule sales tax increase and was intended to be a 100% property tax refund to homeowners. It has since become a means for the Mayor and the Village Board to give themselves “Budget Flexibility”. (Figure 5)

Village of Orland Park Property Tax on 300k Home including rebate Chart

 My Solution

  • Reduce tax rates to drive the Village of Orland Park’s portion of your property tax to less than 5% of your tax bill
  • Reinstate tax rebates to 100% of your property tax bill as originally intended when the 0.75% home rule sales tax was imposed by decreasing spending and budgeting appropriately

 Issue: Rubber Stamp Board

  • There has not been one dissenting vote (as of 2/15/2017) from the current board – NOT ONE!
  • The majority of agendas are consent agendas. This means that all agenda items are read (usually takes about a minute) and voted on as one. THERE IS NO PUBLIC DISCUSSION on many important issues.
  • The Mayor, All Trustees and Village Clerk – EVERY ELECTED OFFICIAL – runs for election together from the same party.
  • The last person to dissent was Trustee Ed Schussler and the Orland First Party kicked him off out of their party – THE MESSAGE – DISAGREEMENT IS NOT ALLOWED! s/daily-southtown/news/ct-sta-orland-mayor-raise-st-1018-20161017-story.html

 My Solution

  • Significantly reduce the consent agendas to encourage public discussion and diverse opinions on issues before the board
  • Broadcast all public meetings via website of Cable TV to encourage transparency