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Vote Tomorrow and Vote NO! on the D86 1/4 $Billion

Updated: Nov 8, 2018

Dear Neighbors,  See the sample ballot.  Bring it with you. Please Vote! (Note that the ballot may be slightly different for your specific area.) Below are points to consider why a vote "NO" for the 1/4 $Billion referendum is necessary to send the Admin & Union back to the drawing board.  It is wasteful and overspending requires a reset.  We support improvements - just not a $1/4 Billion tax increase which damages our property values and empowers special interest groups to spend further.  Read more below. _________________________________________________________ Teacher's Union Lobbying to Raise Your Taxes $32,000 in donations were made - see the election filings then search "Hinsdale High School Teachers"  The Union's $32K is the single largest donation ever made and is pure political influence by an employee group with direct benefits for large pay increases.  The Union waited until the last minute to disclose the $32K and the Admin has a $29.5M line item to move annual spending into this referendum, benefitting their pension spiking and future increases while transferring annual maintenance items into a big tax increase - not transparent!!

Facts on Union Influence Peddling in D86 to Raise Taxes Union waited until the last minute to disclose $30,000 in additional contributions to the PTO leadership's fund which want to raise taxes nearly 1/4 $ Billion.Union lobbied during the planning process to switch $29.5M over the coming year from operations to the referendum - over 80% of spending goes to employees now and then even more in the future unless you vote "NO"Union PAC had $4M in funds available to influence elections and they are choosing D86 similar to when this Union voted to strike before even negotiating - see their filings.  There was $4M in funding available the previous quarter.   Corrupt and Abusive Behavior of Students by Powerful Union & Admin  Kids/Students were used in the following manner by the very people who have power over them.  It reminds us of the "me too" movement where parties use their power over others in an immoral manner.  

  • Handing out trick or treat candy with "Vote Yes" wrappers to little kids

  • Placing referendum propaganda around the school building to involve kids

  • Placing students on committee to increase spending from $76M to $166M

  • Handing out flyers to students

  • Allowing kids NHS credit for political activity favoring referendum

  • Students manning tables in town center to influence "Vote Yes"

  • Using Student voices on a robo call

You must Vote "NO" in the D86 to prevent the continued corruption by the D86 Teacher's Union.  Please stop the wasteful $166M + interest = 1/4 $Billion referendum and earmarks for the Union benefit.

More Details on Why Teacher's Union Loves the $166M Referendum - see previous email blast

See the sample ballot.  Bring it with you. Please Vote! D86 Referendum requires a reset to eliminate the waste.  Read the rationale below;

  • Student population at BOTH Central and South is going down

  • South is severely underutilized

  • Central is NOT overcrowded

  • Taxpayers want the high school boundaries adjusted to remove the need for spending on new classroom space

  • Please vote NO for the D86 Referendum.  After the "NO" vote comes in, C4CH will again put forth what we believe is a reasonable spending recommendation that addresses every major issue while also listing reform measures that will save millions and protect property values.   Student Population Trend Per Study South losing up to 200 students Central losing up to 175 students

Note: one classroom is needed for each 25 students so the need for additional classrooms in the future is less and less. (ref. D86 Kasarda Demographic Survey 2015) Current Space Per Student

  • South 310 sq.ft/student

  • Central 170 sq.ft./student

(ref. Building Capacity and Space Utilization Study Jan 2018) Seat Utilization Rate of School

  • South 59%

  • Central 77%

  • South 70%

  • Central 88%

(ref. D86 classroom utilization survey - executive summary Jan 2018) It seems obvious that building more classroom space at any campus is wasteful given the downward trend in attendance and excess capacity at both campuses.  The low seat utilization shows that admin and unions have reduced class size to maintain staffing levels. A phone survey conducted by D86 showed that 80% of the non-parents directed the Board to change school boundaries to settle the attendance imbalance.  When asking parents of students, 63% still agreed.  Changing boundaries to avoid massive spending is common sense for a public school district.  The Board can also just slightly increase average class size from 23 to 26 at Central and create significant funds to pay for improvements.    Further the demographic study and enrollment prediction is for South to continue to have less students, 200 less than now.  Also, Central is predicted to have about 175 less students.   The $1.4M Classrooms C4CH recently exposed the $1.4M classrooms - $850/sq.ft is another example of the wasteful spending. The $15M Guidance, Counseling & Special Education Area At $650/sq.ft the 23,000 sq.ft area seems excessive in price and scope, plus it is only done at Central.  Rolls Royce for rich kids at Central and Kia model for kids of lesser influence at South.  Yet for some reason PTO leaders at South are drinking the koolaid. Here are other startling numbers from the referendum detail. $48.4 million on athletic facilitiesSouth pool can be upgraded for $2M instead of $12M $24 million on admin, counselor and Special Ed. offices$15M for Guidance, Counseling & Special Ed. overpriced $29.5 million on operation and maintenance improvementDiverts funds from operations allowing $29.5M for Union & Admin wage & benefits increases  $11 million on life safety improvements No Referendum is required for this work $39.5 million on renovation of common spaceOverpriced and excessive $12.2 million on auditorium improvementsAuditorium needs little, band area easy to expand by moving B&G dept at low costNote EDUCATIONAL IMPROVEMENTS are only 15.5% of the referendum in the pie chart below. VOTE NO!!

Note: 2017 - a $76M referendum failed in April of 2017,  Voters said no 3:1  Overspending and high taxes hurts property values and does not make our kids any smarter.  Vote No! Another unaffiliated group is running a campaign against the referendum - District 86 Can Do Better. Visit their site. We respect education and your hard earned money. If you would like to help quietly or actively advocate for fiscal conservatism with C4CH, please send us an email at Respectfully, Your Neighbors - C4CH

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