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Mission Statement

 

Our Mission is to restore the integrity, safety and prestige of Olympia Fields, Illinois. Our members watch out for each other and report suspicious and inappropriate activity to the Police, Village Hall, and to each other. Citizens and the government working together is very important for the success of our community.

Say NO to another Mekarski

“yes man” for trustee

David Mekarski convinced the Board Lemmings to appoint his approved “yes man” to fill the board vacancy of Shirley Nale. If not for a standing room crowd of angry residents, the board would’ve made the appointment. Mekarski’s contract expires in May 2017, and appointing another yes man trustee will help assure him another contract. We the people must maintain our unity and put and end to Mekarski’s decade long record of:

-Bigger Government  SALARIES SINCE  2000

-Bigger Taxes and fees  16 YEAR TAX COMPARISON

-Bigger Debt  BOND DEBT

Enough is Enough. Vote the “yes men” and the “figurehead” mayor out and send Mekarski packing in 2017.

2017

 

Disgraced Village Trustee

Bob Waite

Bob Waite censured for striking

and shoving female board member

The Olympia Fields village board voted to censure Trustee Bob Waite [RESOLUTION NO. 2016-11] for striking and shoving a fellow board member while considering an item on the agenda at the Village Board Meeting on June 27, 2016.

This marks the second time in 18 months that Waite has been censured. On January 12, 2015 Waite was censured [RESOLUTION NO. 2015-01] for disseminating an email containing racist literature to certain members of the community, in addition to several months of unprofessional conduct that didn’t reflect the values of the community.

 

Our condolences to Sergeant Scott Metzger on the loss of his loyal partner, K9 Officer Lars

 

LARS TRIBUTE

 

2015 Municipal tax rate:

5.88% increase

The well’s running dry

Residents sick of Mekarski’s refusal to reduce spending

While many south suburban villages have proudly announced their stable, and even reduced upcoming tax rates, our village board has followed the lead of David Mekarski, and made no pro active attempt to reduce spending. Therefore, a 5.88 percent municipal tax increase was imperative to draft a balanced budget. 

Text Box: Bragging about balanced budgets attained by increasing taxes and fees year after year, is an appalling demonstration of fiscally irresponsible public servants putting the desires of village administration and staff FIRST, and the representation of residents SECOND.
Text Box: “we are very proud of this Budget. Once again, it is balanced…which we are very proud of that. It just reconfirms that this Board has always been fiscally sound and fiscally responsible”

Village President
 Debra Meyers-Martin
Board Meeting Minutes
4/11/2016  Page 1 line 44

                                                                    Village Board Meeting  April 11, 2016  

 

Until the silent majority gets out and votes these “yes men” out of office, we, the residents, will continue to get screwed and see even more “for sale” signs throughout the village.

Cook County Clerk 2015 Property Tax Rates

Another all time high for Olympia Fields new municipal tax rate (2.089)

  Text Box: 2000	  .427
2001	  .473
2002	  .435
2003	  .450
2004	  .437
2005	  .346
2006	  .464
2007	1.075
2008	1.067
2009	1.067
2010	1.116
2011	1.436
2012	1.624
2013	1.839
1.973
2.089

 

Never forget

Our 1990 property tax bill had a Municipal Tax Rate of “ZERO”

 

1990 PROPERTY TAX

 

 

Text Box: Let Mekarski and the Board Lemmings know just how you feel about their  
REFUSAL TO REDUCE SPENDING
and
POOR BUDGET MANAGEMENT

A  LEMMING
A member of a crowd with no voice of his own.
Following those that appear to be leading. Apathetic to 
the impending foreseeable demise.

 

Quality of Life for staff prospers Chicago Style Politics thrive in Olympia Fields

For the last decade, the David Mekarski Administration has refused to reduce spending while sucking more money from homeowners year after year, with increased taxes and fees.

Clearly, the priority of David Mekarski is the Quality of life for the village administration and staff, especially himself.

  .

ANNUAL RAISES SINCE  2000

 

Text Box: Mr. **** inquired whether or not there has been a time in the past seven-years when the Village employees haven’t gotten a cost of living increase. 
Village President Meyers-Martin stated “yes, we have frozen it. There was a zero degree raise”
 VILLAGE  BOARD MEETING 
 August 25, 2014
Page 34

Board Meeting Minutes August, 25, 2014

 

Mr. ***** stated that he attends the Board Meetings on a regular basis. He hears how tight the Budget is. He works for a branch of local government. That branch of local government has maintained a AAA Bond Rating much like the Village has. During the toughest times of the recession, salaries were frozen for the employees for four-years. Mr. ***** inquired weather or not there has been a time in the past seven-years when the Village employees haven’t gotten a cost of living increase. Village President Meyers-Martin stated yes, we have frozen it. There was a zero degree raise.

 

As our Municipal Tax Rate soars,

so does Mekarski’s salary 

                   

MEKARSKI VILLAGE CONTRACT JULY 8, 2013

 

2015

Olympia Fields

Mekarski David A

$166,281.00

2014

Olympia Fields

Mekarski David A

$162,225.20

2013

Olympia Fields

Mekarski David A

$158,269.60

2012

Olympia Fields

Mekarski David A

$155,769.60

2011

Olympia Fields

Mekarski David A

$147,423.36

2010

Olympia Fields

Mekarski David A

$130,855.52

2009

Olympia Fields

Mekarski David A

$129,145.20

2008

Olympia Fields

Mekarski David A

$112,933.36

2007

Olympia Fields

Mekarski David A

$106,471.24

2006

Olympia Fields

Mekarski David A

$59,374.95

                    source: www.openthebooks.com

 

What do much larger Suburbs pay their Village Managers

 

VILLAGE MANAGERS IN OTHER SUBURBS MAKING LESS THAN MEKARSKI

           

  

2,937 registered

voters stayed home

Of the 4,009 registered voters in Olympia Fields, only 1072 ballots were cast in the Trustee Election on Tuesday April 7, 2015

Apathetic residents missed their opportunity to start eradicating a dysfunctional and incompetent village board that has clearly prioritized village staff and board unity over representing the residents. (all residents)

Another 4 years of "Chicago Style Politicians" means "Business as Usual": higher taxes, new and increased fees, and wasteful spending” 

 

Sadly, the worst repercussion of this apathy is that many more of our neighbors are so disgusted with the Mekarski administrations poor budget management and relentless fees & tax increases, that they will soon be moving out of the village.

 

 http://electionnight.cookcountyclerk.com

 

Willett J. Hudson

20.57%

603

Carolyn B. Gibson

21.73%

637

Willis E. Pennington, Jr.

23.54%

690

Andrea D. Townson

15.9%

466

Kelvin Oliver

18.25%

535

 

Text Box: “keep in mind that this has been requested by the Homeowners Associations”
DAVID MEKARSKI   6-22-2015
Village Board Meeting
Page 5 line 41

Board Meeting Minutes June 22, 2015

 

Mekarski prepares to

Screw homeowners Big Time

Proof 2007 Sewer&Drainage Referendum money wasn’t allocated as promised to voters

Once again, David Mekarski’s failure to reduce spending and poor budget management, has led the village into another financial mess. Mekarski is pushing an ordinance to approve a $20.00 fee to every homeowner’s water&sewer bill to fund a village drainage study, and future fee increments to finance drainage and SWM improvements village wide over time (forever).

Mekarski and his lemmings have published in the FALL 2015 VILLAGER, that this ordinance is being launched at the request of the HOA Presidents. Sources from the HOA Presidents vehemently deny any such request and oppose any new taxes or fees.

 

Never forget the 2007 REFERENDUM NEWSLETTER and the REFERENDUM FINANCIAL ANALYSIS PRESENTATION that boasted, the 2007 referendum was to fund future drainage & sewer costs for decades to come.

 

Our village board’s ignorance is driving to many of our residents to move, and David Mekarski couldn’t care less. Mekarski must be stopped now! He must be removed from office as he was in Vero Beach, FL after less than 1 year of service.

Mekarski paid $170,000 severance to leave Vero Beach

 

Need more proof the

2007 Sewer&Drainage Referendum

wasn’t spent on sewers&drainage ?

Olympia Fields may ask voters to OK sewer upgrade

Southtown Star May 11, 2011 By Sarah Zylstra

 

Text Box: Village Cries Broke in one breath then proceeds to irresponsibly spend more taxpayer money moments later
At the  8-25-2014 Board Meeting, in the midst of  Crying Broke and attempting to push a $50 per vehicle tax past angry taxpayers, that they explained was necessary to “fill a hole in the budget...because they are broke”, the Board unanimously voted to:

-  Give the Building Commissioner a new six-figure raise

-  Offer  another six-figure salary to a new Public Works Director

-  Approve the Final Draft of the Town Center Plan for the formal consideration

8-25-2014 BOARD MEETING MINUTES

 

             

Video cameras are now cheaper, smaller, and higher quality

 

               

Our Village leaders philosophy that we are better off not knowing about residential burglaries in our village is senseless and irresponsible. Valuable information has not been shared. That’s why many vigilant residents are fighting back by installing video surveillance in addition to their alarms. Cameras are not only a deterrent, they can provide evidence to help convict the criminal element that dares to try. The following are examples of  current systems on the market.

 

Sam’s Club Systems                   Best Buy Systems

 

Microcenter Systems                   Swann Demonstration Video

 

Text Box: “There weren’t any burglaries in Olympia Fields last year…name one? ”
“There is no crime in Olympia Fields” 
Carl Frey  
2-27-2013 Town Hall Meeting, Arcadia School 

 

     2012 Olympia Fields Residential Burglaries

                      

Olympia Fields now has one of the highest Municipal Tax Rates in Chicagoland

                      

Click on the “CHICAGOLAND TAXES” tab in the upper left to see how Olympia Fields Taxes compare to every other village in the Chicagoland region.

 

VIEW ALL OLYMPIA FIELDS PROPERTY TAXES

 

 

Highest median property tax  South Suburbs-Cook County

chicago.blockshopper.com/regions/south_suburbs

 

· 1. Olympia Fields East/Graymoor : $10,467.24 Olympia Fields

· 2. West Country Club Hills/Marycrest : $10,276.50 Country Club Hills

· 3. East Flossmoor : $10,068.14  Flossmoor

· 4. Central Matteson/Lincoln Mall : $9,311.75  Matteson

· 5. South Central Flossmoor : $9,012.52  Flossmoor

· 6. South Naperville : $8,990.14   Naperville

· 7. Olympia Fields C.C. : $8,378.96  Olympia Fields

· 8. South of Lincoln Hwy : $7,946.50  Frankfort

· 9. West Lynwood : $7,716.70  Lynwood

· 10. North Central Flossmoor/Downtown : $7,224.26
Flossmoor

 

Parking Ordinance

for non-hard surfaces

All 4 wheels must be on hard surface

Sec. 14-39.( I )   Parking on non-hard surfaces. It shall be unlawful to park any motor vehicle on any public or private property within the village unless such vehicle is parked on a hard surfaced driveway...

Chief Krull has requested all residents

to remember to call the police

non-emergency number if a violation is observed.

 

PARKING ON HARD SURFACE ORDINANCE

 

Garbage Can Ordinance

Sec. 11-41. (B)    ...refuse containers and garbage containers shall be stored in area on the owner’s property which is not visible from the street.

 

                

 

HOURS FOR PLACEMENT AND STORAGE OF GARBAGE CONTAINERS

 

Government wants another Bogus Referendum for Sewer Repairs that were supposed to be paid for by the 2007 Referendum

Olympia Fields may ask voters to OK sewer upgrade

Southtown Star By Sarah Zylstra Correspondent May 11, 2011

Olympia Fields voters may be asked to decide if the village should borrow an estimated $2.7 million to finish upgrading the municipality’s sewer system.

The village board this week discussed placing the matter on the ballot next year.

“We’re doing a comprehensive sanitary rehabilitation sewer project village-wide,” village administrator David Mekarski said. “It’s just an expensive endeavor.”

So far, 50 percent of the sewer system has been overhauled in order to prevent rainwater from leeching in and overtaxing the system, which could lead to sanitary sewer backup, he said.

The village has spent close to $5 million financed by bonds and federal stimulus grants to tighten up manholes, slipline the sewer mains and enforce plumbing codes that prohibit illegal connections to the sewers, such as sump pumps and gutter drains.

“We still have a lot to do even though we’ve eliminated all the rainfall that’s getting into the mains and the manholes,” Mekarski said. “What appears to be still leeching a lot of rainwater into the system are laterals — pipes that essentially connect the house to the mainline.”

The village board Monday approved borrowing $500,000 internally for now to rod, smoke and televise the lateral sewers in the Graymoor subdivision, a section of 150 homes where rainwater during storms can exceed the pump capacity.

“Graymoor is a serious situation because otherwise we could have sanitary sewer backups,” Mekarski said. “We’re trying to prevent that.”

Investigations into Graymoor will allow for a more precise dollar number on the bond next year, he said. The final number could range from $1.5 million to $4 million.

“We’ll formalize an entire budget then go out on essentially a backdoor referendum question to finance this last component,” Mekarski said.

Olympia Fields is one of the few villages in the state that is working to update its system to comply with federal and state standards, he said, something many villages are setting aside in the face of more pressing financial difficulties.

But Olympia Fields is financially strong, and ended last year with a surplus of funds, Mekarski said.

 

Now ask yourself, why would any “sane citizen” vote YES to such a plan that was supposed to have been paid off by the last referendum ? The same referendum that tripled our Municipal Tax Rate !!!

Millions of dollars were wasted on the "building out" of the new Village Hall. To add further insult to injury the government's representatives autocratically voted to spend over $62,000 on a sculpture  to honor the former mayor that tripled

our municipal tax rate.                                                   

                    Never forget the following:

 

-VILLAGE REFERENDUM NEWSLETTER OF 2007

 

-VILLAGE SALARIES AFTER 2007 REFERENDUM

 

-VILLAGE RECIEVES 2.6 MILLION GRANT

 

“The problem is ridiculously exaggerated. Most of the problem comes from unconscious racism…The truth is, there are only 5 or 6 run down homes in the whole village” THE INFAMOUS TEN   9-10-2006 STAR    David Mekarski, Matthew Sosnowski,, Geraldine Tyler, Ilene Waite, Larry Green, Pat Collier, Kay Mangan, Susan Gatlin-Moroney, Craig Martin, Bob Waite   

                

GALLERY OF SHAME 

 

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Burglary Prevention

Don’t be the next victim

If a criminal breaks into your home while your away, a Monitoring Alarm System and Video Surveillance are the best assets to have. However, there are many things you should be aware of to prevent becoming the next target.

SECURITY TIPS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jury awards $678,723

to former village employee for Retaliation, Wrongful Termination

“a subsequent, independent audit produced only questionable evidence funds were missing and no evidence Rambo was involved”

Another poor decision by crooked David Mekarski.

Enough is Enough, Mekarski is the one that should be terminated.

 

RAMBO VERDICT

 

Never forget, the letter received from concerned citizen on December 18, 2011

CONCERNED CITIZEN

 

Village throws former chief

under the bus

Olympia Fields Trustee publicly accused former police chief of knowing about & covering up alleged $40,000 theft. Could village now be faced with a defamation of character lawsuit?

 

GIBSON

 

Spending dips in Flossmoor’s

zero growth budget for new fiscal year

Mayor Braun said that the zero growth initiative shows that Flossmoor is concerned about keeping government spending at a level that respects local taxpayers.”Flossmoor is making a statement about the cost of responsible government.”

Village Manager Bridget Wachtel said, pointing out that Flossmoor operates with little debt so that financial risk is “relatively minimal.” Continued fiscal success is a result of sound financial planning combined with “an incremental yet responsive approach” to fluctuating economic impacts, she wrote.

Source: http://hfchronicle.com/spending-dips-flossmoor

 

Flossmoor will meet

zero growth budget target

“We want to do that for our residents”

Flossmoor is poised to meet its goal of a zero growth budget

for the 2017 fiscal year, Mayor Paul Braun said he and the other board members are pleased that village staff presented a preliminary budget so close to a zero growth spending plan.

However, he wants the village to meet its true zero growth target. For that to happen, additional cuts will be needed in some spending areas, Braun told the H-F Chronicle.

“We’ve directed the staff to make those cuts so that operating expenses in the new budget don’t increase over this year’s level,” he said. “We want to do that for our residents.”

Source: hfchronicle.com/article/flossmoor-will-meet-zero-growth-budget-target

 

“Government needs to live within its means and cut spending when revenue declines”

Jim Tobin, President of Taxpayers United of America

 

Say “NO” to a village run garbage contract concocted by Mekarski

Contrary to what you’ve been ambiguously led to believe, a cheaper village wide garbage contract is NOT going to save homeowners a penny. The Mekarski administration never had any intention to pass the savings onto your garbage bill.

Despite a potential new contract that could have collectively saved homeowners up to $90,000 annually off their garbage bills, Mekarski wants to charge residents exactly the same monthly rate as you are paying now for garbage pick-up.

The money saved is strictly for extra revenue for the fiscally unaccountable village administrator to blow again. The village would then be allowed to impose future fee increases at will.

Let David Mekarski know exactly how you feel about his arrogant refusal to reduce spending when he tries peddling this BS in newsletters and HOA meetings.

“Administrator Mekarski stated that the intent is to not let the residents see any change in their current rate. The current rate is not going to go down”

Board Minutes 12/14/2015 (page10-line42)

 

Neighborhood Watch Advisory

Most vehicle burglaries happen to unlocked cars

 

These 2 subjects were spotted cutting across yard approaching vehicles in driveway on Arcadian Dr.  Subjects were spotted by resident, who immediately turned on all lights, causing subjects to abort.

Remember to always lock vehicles parked outside. Be vigilant and report all suspicious individuals to 911

 

Pension boost tactic sidesteps laws

to cost taxpayers millions

www.chicagotribune.com/news/watchdog/ct-municipal-pension-padding-met-20150816-story.html

A Chicago Tribune investigation found that the costly perk of “pension spiking” has thrived despite the General Assembly passing two laws — nearly 50 years apart — that target pension spiking. In some communities, soon-to-be retirees have been relying on a little trick to increase their retirement income. They cash out for severance, unused vacation or sick days, or receive bonuses — yes, bonuses — in the months leading up to their retirements. That way, their overall salary for that final year is bigger, and that's a key factor in calculating the pensions they'll receive for the rest of their lives.

These public servants avoid laws that aim to stop so-called pension spiking by timing those payments just right — near their retirement date but not in the last three months leading up to it. That way, they can get around laws that cap salaries in the final three months of employment — the laws that were designed to stop pension spiking

Government body

Retirees flagged

Extra costs of inflated pensions

Average cost per flagged retiree

Village of Olympia Fields

1

$8,642.15

$8,642.15

Search for padded pensions near you (database) The Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund — using metrics from a 2012 law — flags pensions it suspects are spiked. It demands immediate payment from the local agency of the extra costs from the padded pension. You can search for agencies by their names, and sort the columns:

Search for padded pensions near you (database)

 

Transparent village administrations

release 2015 Tax Levies to press

Reduced spending and common sense budget management leads to stable tax rates

 

Braun pledges to hold the line on Flossmoor village spending next year

Braun called for a zero increase in municipal spending at Monday’s board meeting         

HF Chronicle  December 18, 2015

 

Mokena tax levy to cost about same

Village administrator John Tomasoski, said that the village has done a "very nice job with financial management," which positioned the village to seek less of a levy.

Daily Southtown  December 15, 2015

 

Frankfort approves $2.77M tax levy

Levy plus bigger tax base will mean a slightly lower village tax rate for 2016

Daily Southtown  December 8, 2015

 

Oak Lawn budget offers slight break for taxpayers

The Oak Lawn Village Board has approved its budget for the coming year which provides, for the third straight year, a slight reduction in the tax levy.

Daily Southtown  December 11, 2015

 

New Lenox property taxes up slightly

"The rate is only going up less than a penny," said Finance Director Kim Auchstetter.

Daily Southtown  December 15, 2015

 

READ ALL FIVE ARTICLES

 

2016 Village Employee Raises

Board Meeting Minutes  January 26, 2015

Text Box:  VILLAGE BOARD MEETING
Held on January 26, 2015

Page 4 line 9
Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Process Calendar – Trustee Byrd stated that it is that time of the year again for Budget Processing. The Finance Committee met on January 20th. There is a Memo in the Board Packet regarding what the Finance Committee is working with time wise and what the Committee is suggesting so far as increases. They are suggesting a 2% increase on salaries for non-union employees for the Fiscal Year 2016…

Page 5 line 7
Trustee Oliver stated regarding the 2% increase of salaries for non-union employees is it too early in the process to have any idea of what the increase might be for the Union Employees. Trustee Byrd stated that is 2.5%... 
Chairman Pro Tem Gibson inquired of Trustee Byrd whether or not it is necessary to have a Motion to approve this. Trustee Byrd believes that we might need a Motion. 
Motion by Trustee Oliver, second by Trustee Nale to approve Trustee Byrd’s Budget Process Calendar.
Voice Vote: All Ayes Motion Carried.

 

Text Box: Board of Trustees
December 14, 2015
Page 3

  Return to Open Session
Performance Pay Adjustment for Executive Assistant – Establishment of Salary Adjustment Milestone for Completion of Education Requirements and Certificates

  Adjournment

 

Ghost Salary on Village Financial Reports

Discrepancies of our tax dollars

2012 was the first full year that David Mekarski served in the dual capacity as both Village Administrator and the Village Clerk. Although their current budget states otherwise, the Village denies paying any money to the Village Clerk,The Village of Olympia Fields Annual Financial Reports and 2015 Budget Expense Projections-Administration, clearly

Text Box: state that for the past 3 years,  the Village paid money for a "Village Clerk".
Once again, this is not unlike the typical Chicago Style ghost salaries we read about. Where did this money go?
Text Box: 
Village Administrator & Village Clerk
David Mekarski

GHOST SALARY

 

ANNUAL VILLAGE SALARIES SINCE  2000

Text Box: Why does a 2 1/2 square mile bedroom  community require a :
-  $166,281 Village Administrator 
…..with a  $58,651 assistant
-  $119,577 Finance Director
-  $97,000   Assistant  Finance Director
-  $105,512 Building Commissioner
-  $104,649 Public Works Director
-  $111,956 Park District Director
-  $63,000+ Towing Clerk (Double Dipper, does not                 
                            Include his Olympia Fields pension)

You call this 
“Wise Fiscal Management”

 

Denise Will, Olympia Field Park District another member of the “$100,000 club"

More wasted tax dollars on a park system which has failed to operate within its budget and failed the taxpayers of Olympia Fields.

 

2015

Olympia Fields Park District

Will Denise M

$111,956.00

2014

Olympia Fields Park District

Will Denise M

$104,246.57

2013

Olympia Fields Park District

Will Denise M

$99,790.92

2012

Olympia Fields Park District

Will Denise M

$94,733.43

2011

Olympia Fields Park District

Will Denise M

$89,826.42

2010

Olympia Fields Park District

Will Denise M

$85,941.30

2009

Olympia Fields Park District

Will Denise M

$82,922.23

2008

Olympia Fields Park District

Will Denise M

$77,349.90

2007

Olympia Fields Park District

Will Denise M

$72,229.07

2006

Olympia Fields Park District

Will Denise M

$48,439.94

 

Breaking News June 18, 2015

David Orr releases 2014 property tax rates

Olympia Fields Park District property tax rate going up 8.81%

Our village board isn’t the only taxing body screwing homeowners.

                               2013            2014         percent

Olympia Fields      .783             .852         + 8.81%

Park District         

 

Suburban legislator pushing for law to prohibit Double Dipping

BGA  May 12, 2015  By Patrick Rehkamp/BGA and Pam zekman/CBS2

A suburban legislator is pushing for a law that would prohibit retired cops throughout Illinois from collecting a police salary and a police pension at the same time.

State Rep. Grant Wehrli (R-Naperville) introduced legislation this year that would stop retired cops from collecting their pensions and going back to work as officers for a different department. Wehrli said he introduced his bill because of a situation in Naperville where a high-ranking police officer retired, started collecting his pension and came back as chief.
Wehrli’s bill passed in the Illinois House and is currently in the Senate where he said it likely will die.

Text Box: “I’m looking at introducing any legislation to get us out of this fiscal mess,” Wehrli said.
"This process of double dipping, it’s a problem that we need to address. Without pension reform the fiscal crisis only gets worse."
 

Employee       Wage             Job Title                       City                  Vacation    Sick

Les Delya   $63,249.95   Tow Impoundment  Olympia Fields  25days   10days 

 

Residency requirements popular in south suburbs

Officials say living in village shows commitment

to community

Ed Paesel, executive director of the South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association, said "In a lot of cases, it's good to have employees live in the community that they work in"  "Some communities view it as the employee having a stake in the future." Paesel said

Matthew Fares, chief of staff for Chicago Heights, said "Obviously, it shows a community effort to turn the city around and move the city in a positive direction," South Holland Mayor Don De Graff said he strongly believes that a residency requirement is good for the community."

 

 

RESIDENCY REQUIREMENT

 

Chicago Tribune Monthly Housing trends in Olympia Fields since 2002

See for yourself ALL Chicago Tribune Real Estate Data for Olympia Fields direct from the source.

 

ALL CHICAGO TRIBUNE MONTHLY DATA FOR OLYMPIA FIELDS

 

 

Start Date

End Date

Total Units

Median Sale Price

Prior Median Sale Price

6/1/2015

8/31/2015

23

$185,000.00

$196,000.00

5/1/2015

7/31/2015

20

$187,500.00

$177,500.00

4/1/2015

6/30/2015

13

$195,000.00

$159,000.00

3/1/2015

5/31/2015

23

$176,000.00

$155,000.00

2/1/2015

4/30/2015

21

$150,000.00

$155,000.00

1/1/2015

3/31/2015

18

$132,500.00

$131,000.00

12/1/2014

2/28/2015

17

$150,000.00

$152,500.00

11/1/2014

1/31/2015

21

$154,000.00

$124,000.00

10/1/2014

12/31/2014

25

$160,000.00

$171,500.00

9/1/2014

11/30/2014

33

$160,000.00

$132,500.00

8/1/2014

10/31/2014

29

$180,000.00

$172,250.00

7/1/2014

9/30/2014

21

$189,000.00

$182,250.00

6/1/2014

8/31/2014

9

$196,000.00

$159,000.00

5/1/2014

7/31/2014

10

$177,500.00

$179,500.00

4/1/2014

6/30/2014

13

$159,000.00

$157,500.00

3/1/2014

5/31/2014

11

$155,000.00

$173,500.00

2/1/2014

4/30/2014

13

$155,000.00

$152,000.00

1/1/2014

3/31/2014

16

$131,000.00

$145,500.00

12/1/2013

2/28/2014

21

$152,500.00

$149,500.00

11/1/2013

1/31/2014

24

$124,000.00

$130,000.00

10/1/2013

12/31/2013

28

$171,500.00

$149,500.00

9/1/2013

11/30/2013

25

$132,500.00

$138,500.00

8/1/2013

10/31/2013

26

$172,250.00

$135,000.00

7/1/2013

9/30/2013

18

$182,250.00

$126,000.00

6/1/2013

8/31/2013

13

$159,000.00

$115,500.00

5/1/2013

7/31/2013

19

$179,500.00

$121,500.00

4/1/2013

6/30/2013

16

$157,500.00

$132,000.00

3/1/2013

5/31/2013

18

$173,500.00

$124,000.00

2/1/2013

4/30/2013

15

$152,000.00

$85,000.00

1/1/2013

3/31/2013

22

$145,500.00

$150,000.00

Source: Chicago Tribune

 

Olympia Fields Housing Market among worst in suburbs

From February 2014 thru January 2015, Homes SOLD in neighboring communities like Park Forest, Chicago Heights, and Flossmoor are selling faster than Olympia Fields.

 

LATEST OLYMPIA FIELDS REAL ESTATE MARKET COMPARISON

 

Village loses AAA Bond Rating

Olympia Fields bond rating has been downgraded to the ranks of AA status. Get ready for our dysfunctional village board to aggressively seek even more pledged revenue from the overtaxed residents instead of reduce spending.

 

“Mrs. Housten stated that she should mention that the rating is very important. There is no two-ways about it. Your rating is important. When you start talking about the interest cost that you are going to be paying on your Bonds, you also have to factor in what the Underwriters think about your community. Sometimes a AA will sell at the same interest rate as a AAA. We were not at all happy at our office when the downgrade came in.”

Brenda Housten

Asst. Vice President Speer Financial

VILLAGE BOARD MEETING

 September 23, 2014

 

Olympia Fields Median

Household Incomes spiraling

to new lows

According to the United States Census Bureau,  As of 2008-2012, Olympia Fields median household income is $79,762, which has shrunk by -15.89% since 2000. The median household income growth rate is much lower than the state average rate of +22.03% and is much lower than the national average rate of +26.32%.

http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/17/1755938.html

 

http://www.usa.com/olympia-fields-il-income-and-careers.htm

 

 

2008-2012 LIST OF TOP MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOMES

 

IN 1977 OLYMPIA FIELDS RANKED #4 IN MEDIAN INCOME IN CHICAGOLAND

 

Did the Village Board know about  Mekarski’s blemished record at Vero Beach when they hired him?

“The parties mutually agree that they will not utter, transmit or print any negative or disparaging comments regarding the other party concerning the employment of Mr. Mekarski.”

Source: CITY OF VERO BEACH, FLORIDA MAY 17, 2005 7:00 P.M.

REGULAR CITY COUNCIL MINUTES (Page 3 line 30)

 

Mekarski paid $170,000 severance to leave Vero Beach

 

Olympia Fields Villager Fall 2005

 

Tinley Park hires new

Village Administrator

 

SOMETHING DOESN’T ADD UP FOR OLYMPIA FIELDS TAXPAYERS

 

Property Values Plummet

Olympia Fields falls to #134 on list of 2013 top Median Property Values in Chicagoland  

 

2013 MEDIAN HOUSE SALES PRICE RANKINGS IN CHICAGOLAND  Chicago Magazine April 2014 Issue

 

IN 1977 OLYMPIA FIELDS RANKED #9 IN MEDIAN HOME VALUES IN CHICAGOLAND

 

Code enforcement performance has a major impact on property values

 

THE IMPORTANCE OF CODE ENFORCEMENT

 

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$62,394 “Gift for Jones” ?

Just when you thought the village couldn’t waste any more tax payer money...Now comes a sculpture that has cumulatively ended up costing us more than $60,000. The bill for this “GIFT FOR PRESIDENT JONES” should be footed by the people that have benefited the most from Jones, the village administration and all village employees. Their enhanced salaries could be garnished equally until the total cost of the Tribute is paid off. However, the true accountability for this irresponsible waste of taxpayer money goes to the 6 Trustees that unanimously approved it.

 

TOTAL CUMULATIVE COST OF GIFT TO JONES

 

                    

 

         

Controversial Jones Sculpture

not so “original” or “hand made”

Turns out this “original piece of art” is actually contracted to a body shop and fabrication shop for manufacturing.

Caveat emptor: Let the buyer beware

 

Why was the Jones Gift Higher Priority than Police Dash Cameras?

Why did the Village have to wait for a generous $10,000 private donation from Rose Paving to purchase 2 police dash cameras ? Dash cameras are not new technology and have been in use by Police Depts. nationwide for years. Even small farm towns like Manteno,IL utilize dash cameras in daily routines.

 

ROSE PAVING DONATES $10,000 TO OLYMPIA FIELDS POLICE DEPT FOR DASH CAMERAS

 

Home Rule always means higher taxes. Why else would village bureaucrats seek to strip your right to vote!

 

 

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