Fiscal Responsibility

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.

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.

  • 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)
  • 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
  • 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)

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


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)

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  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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