Just ot an e-mail from FWY. 68%??? Does the Tribune have this number? Does Dan Javorsky know how much money is going toward this TIF? I hope this e-mail has gone out to the powers that be. It should even go to Helen. Let her know that we know. And there'll be hell to pay. More than half the property tax collected goes to political piggy banks and our kids go without quality education. I guess you could say that Helen is giving our children no other choice but to join gangs to get ahead. They surely aren't being given the choice of a good, solid education in the schools of Uptown. The educators in this ward should be outraged. The police in this ward should be outraged. How can Helen believe that siphoning 68% of property taxes for a bogus TIF is a good idea and a positive thing for this neighborhood? Does she really have such little regard for the tax-paying constituents in her ward? Does she really care so little for the children that go to school in her ward? She is stealing the education and future from our neighborhood children. What good will a playground be when they can't even spell playground? I guess they can always count on a place to sell their drugs. That's what they have to look forward to. Thanks Helen. Thanks for being a good steward of our tax dollars. Thank you so much for caring about our children. Way to go.
Its Ben Joravsky---but I understand that you were seeing red as you were typing!!68% is indeed a stunning number. You pay your taxes and even when the bills go up (as they have) you rationalize it by thinking about the schoolkids, libraries, parks, firefighters, the police, 911, etc. The 68% number puts a lie to that. How can we siphon money away from those entities and not either expect reduced services/quality or higher taxes to replace what was lost? I'm willing to keep an open mind but I have yet to hear a really strong argument for why TIF-ing so much of the city really works.
At the rate they're slapping that thing up, Im losing hope the lawsuit no matter how correct and merited it is, won't succeed.
At this rate I’m not only losing faith in Uptown, but Chicago as a whole. Our property taxes last year was just under $5K, and we’re the evil ones???