West Suburban Patriots

an independent Tea Party group in DuPage County, IL

Please Ask Gov. Quinn to Veto HB1522

Springfield, Phone: 217-782-0244

Chicago, Phone: 312-814-2121

re-posting a letter sent by IL Tea party to Gov. Quinn.  If signed, this bill will raise taxes/fees for DuPage residents and give government agencies control over your private property.

 

OPEN LETTER TO GOVERNOR QUINN:
 
Please veto HB1522, "COUNTY STORMWATER MANAGEMENT."  While we agree that storm water management is an appropriate function of government, we believe that the law should apply equally to all counties, and that the taxpayers in each county should have the right to say “Yes” or “No” to increased taxes/fees via a referendum in their county. 
HB1522 applies only to DuPage and Peoria counties.   In Peoria County, a referendum will be required to approve new taxes/fees.  In DuPage, the county board can levy a new tax/fee without public approval.
This legislation will allow the county to decide whether it will collect money for storm water management as a tax or user fee.  If the county chooses to collect via property tax, the bill limits the county to 0.20% of EAV.  For a $300,000 home with an EAV of $100,000 that would be up to $200 above the current tax cap.  If the county chooses to collect via a "fee," there is no limit as to how much could be collected and it would apply to all properties including tax-exempt properties (e.g., schools, park district, forest preserve, churches...). 
The amount of the “fee” would be based on the amount of storm water leaving the property. How can this be measured?  Might this become arbitrary and capricious?
The bill provides that a fee waiver shall be given to property owners who take actions or put in place facilities that are approved by the county to reduce or eliminate the cost of managing runoff. How much will it cost the county to implement the fee-waiver program?  What will the property owners need to apply for the waiver?  Topographical surveys and engineering drawings are expensive.  The cost of administering the waiver program could easily exceed the savings due to waivers.  If granting waivers is left to the discretion of a person, the program would be ripe for corruption.
Furthermore, this legislation provides for the funding mechanism for storm water management in DuPage County, with no direction, regulation or even a plan as to how these new funds are to be spent.  Might this become a “slush fund?”  
For Peoria County, at least a referendum will be required.  While we prefer a veto, if this legislation is signed, at least add an amendatory veto such that the legislation will apply equally to all Illinois counties, including the referendum provision. 
 
 
ILLINOIS TEA PARTY

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Comment by jan s on August 21, 2013 at 10:16am

Rain TAX

HB1522 became law on August 13

DuPage County has been trying to enact a fee for storm water maintenance for years now.  They finally convinced their “friends” in Springfield to pass a law on their behalf.  HB1522 passed both the House & Senate (with no DuPage Senators voting “yes” thanks to Tea Party phone calls), and Governor Quinn signed it (despite calls for a veto).  In Peoria, it will require a referendum to raise taxes or fees.  In DuPage, the county board can do it without citizen input.  It does not affect any other County – What happened to equal protection under the law?

See http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20130814/news/708149803/ for the Daily Herald’s article about this.

 

We are organizing a protest for the next evening meeting of the DuPage County board.  Meet us behind the county building (421 N. County Farm Rd., Wheaton, IL – on County Farm road, near the entrance to the complex) at 5:00 pm on August 27.  Bring a sign and/or an umbrella – The theme is “STOP the Rain Tax.”  About 6:30 we will head inside.  The County board meeting starts at 7pm. 

 

After the protest/county board meeting, we will begin calling the DuPage County board members. Stay tuned for more details.

Comment by W Wish on August 21, 2013 at 8:29am

Veto

Comment by jan s on August 5, 2013 at 3:25pm

Links to other letters

Downers Grove Area Chamber of Congress request an ammendatory veto http://www.downersgrove.org/legislative/HB1522%20CoStormWater.pdf

...the board of directors of the Naperville Area Homeowners Confederation, strongly urge that you veto HB 1522,...  http://elmhurst.patch.com/groups/stop-cronins-illegal-storm-water-t...

 

Daily Herald "DuPage may consider countywide stormwater fee

http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20130622/news/706229952/

Chicago Tribune "Naperville leaders worry about impact of possible new storm water fee" 

http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2013-06-28/news/ct-tl-naperville...

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