Taxpayers Continue to Battle Invalid Property Taxes
The property taxpayers in three school districts continue to battle the property tax increases resulting from the April 5th referenda. In Oak Park School District 97 and in Wilmette School District 39, the initiatives were adopted by the Voters. In Riverside Brookfield District 208, the voters overwhelmingly rejected it, but the lawsuit is seeking damages for the illegal electioneering engaged in by the Board.
In the Wilmette case, on May 23rd Judge Rita M. Novak put the case on an expedited briefing schedule on two main issues: whether to enter a temporary restraining order and whether to dismiss the case. The hearing is set for June 23rd at 11:15 a.m.
In the Oak Park case, on May 24th, Judge Mary Mikva denied the temporary restraining order. The case was placed on a briefing schedule for the Respondents’ motions and set for hearing on June 30, 2011 at 2:00 p.m.
Contrary to false claims made by various School Board Members, not a cent of taxpayer money is being touched in any facet of these three lawsuits, as every school and School Board member is covered by legal liability policies.