Here’s what’s happening under the radar during the dog days of summer, Mark from Wilmette reporting:
I went to the park board meeting last night.  I was the only citizen there, seven board members, six park employees, two reporters, and me (one other woman who came late, not sure of her status).  I think they did this in July since many folks are out of town for the summer and on vacation. (See it on rerun on channel 6).
They voted 4-3 to approve spending 1 to 2 million dollars for a new structure for paddle tennis at West Park.  In reviewing the board, they appear all to be liberals (tax and spend), with the intent to raise property taxes on every level.  Several supported the District 39 referendum to raise taxes.
It seems like the tea party and the New Trier Republicans should make a effort to get conservatives on these boards.  In addition, there should be an effort to call out anybody who wants to raise taxes and create debt.  Once people are pointed out on their votes, they tend to be more careful in the future, especially around election time.  When you get a high property tax bill, you can find the exact individuals to blame. 
You should watch this on channel 6 on the rerun this week, it is very interesting to see them discuss the issue.  I thought for sure it would be tabled or fail 7-0.  I was SHOCKED!
I’m all for paddle tennis, I just don’t want Wilmette Park District doing it now at this point in time for 2 million plus bucks along with thousands to operate yearly.  My concern is for the property tax payer, who is looking out for them?  It seems like a BOONDOGGLE.
This might be a wake-up call to Wilmette (and other suburban taxpayers) to start paying attention to their local taxing boards. The Wilmette District 39 Board of Education is negotiating a new teachers’ union contract right now. The expiring contract gives teachers an average 5.5% raise every year, and this is the group that persuaded/shamed parents and grandparents to pass a huge new tax referendum last year.  With those funds due to run out soon, you can bet the same folks will be back with their hands out.