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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.

Breaking News June 18, 2015

David Orr releases 2014 property tax rates

Village screws homeowners again

Olympia Fields municipal tax rate going up 7.29% over last years rate to yet another all time high

  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
2014	1.973

 

Our village board has increased the 2014 municipal tax rate 7.29% over the 2013 rate, to another all time high of 1.973

 

That’s 470% more than the 2005 rate of .346

2005 was the year our village board hired David Mekarski.

 

Never forget

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

 

1990 PROPERTY TAX

 

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.

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

  .

ANNUAL RAISES SINCE  2000

 

Olympia Fields in violation

of Public Act 097-0609

Public Act 097-0609 (5 ILCS 120/7.3), requires  a village to post on its village website the total compensation package for each employee having a total compensation package that exceeds $75,000 per year. Total compensation as defined by the act includes payments by the employer to the employee for salary, health insurance, housing allowance, vehicle allowance, clothing allowance, bonuses, loans, vacation days granted and sick days granted, if applicable.

 www.ilga.gov/legislation/public-act 097-0609

 

  

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 and wasteful spending” 

 

Sadly, the worst repercussion of this apathy is that many more of our neighbors 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

 

            walmart worker at supercenter

Wal-Mart to scale back sharply on Supercenter openings

According to Crane’s Chicago Business, Business Insider, Associated Press, and the Huffington Post, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. cut its revenue outlook for its current fiscal year as it announced it is scaling back its expansion plans for its supercenters next year and stepping up investments in its online operations. "It's important for us to really think about these big boxes," Wal-Mart US CEO Greg Foran said, referring to the supercenter stores.

Supercenters were proposed for Homewood, Richton Park, Tinley Park(191st & Harlem), and Olympia Fields.

 

NEW WALMART SUPERCENTERS

 

SAVE FOR REFERENCE

 

As our Municipal Tax Rate soars,

so does Mekarski’s salary 

                   

MEKARSKI VILLAGE CONTRACT JULY 8, 2013

 

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

 

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

 

Village Broke?

Village Board to initiate annual vehicle stickers at $50 per vehicle

you went to the trouble of voting for us, and you ought to have us do some of the work. We are doing some of the work and no matter how much it hurts your feelings not to get to vote on this, it isn’t worth having an election” Bob Waite

               BOARD MEETING MINUTES August 25, 2014 (page34)

Despite jacking up our municipal property tax rate 470% since 2005, unprecedented sewer rates, unprecedented utility taxes, unprecedented telecommunication taxes, and many other new sources of revenue (i.e. water tower advertising, cell towers, new metra parking lot, citations, and a new Walmart supposedly on the horizon) has our irresponsible village board dug our once proud village into a hole we may never get out of ?  And once again they want even more money from the residents to bail them out.

You may personally thank our entire village board along with Flossmoor resident & Vero Beach reject David Mekarski.

 

See for yourself, just how much the Village receives annually from property taxes, utility taxes, telecommunication taxes, and all other sources of revenue. Don’t forget to check the whopping annual installments on all outstanding bonds.

 

2013 ANNUAL FINANCIAL REPORT

 

OUTSTANDING BOND DEBT 2014

 

Are annual bond payments for the New Village Hall part of the reason for more taxes?

Never forget, the new Village Hall has put us in debt until November 15, 2025

 

NEW VILLAGE HALL BOND REPAYMENT

 

 UPDATED BOND DEBT 2014

 

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SD227 Board Meeting Videos

Until, as a community we choose “in the next election” the direction we plan to take our FULL Board of Education, you will witness such dysfunction, which is actually two groups, one supporting a quality education for our students, the other supporting themselves.

 

SCHOOL BOARD WARS

Text Box: Video Evidence - Watch who is denying our children an education!

 

Imoukhuede, Friday, Morgan, and Owens voted against Financial Transparency

 

Friday and Imoukhuede Voted NO to a free Career / Technical Education Lab

 

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 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

 

 

                         

 

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

 

Jones Lies to Residents about  New Tax Rate

States in letter distributed to whole village, that Olympia Fields will still have “one of the lowest Tax Rates in the entire Chicagoland region” if the referendum passes.

 

REFERENDUM LETTER TO RESIDENTS

 

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

 

Police Dog Lars helps find missing woman

LARS

 

SHARPWATCH Commends Olympia Fields Patrolmen

In a survey of 244 Police Departments in the Chicagoland Region, Olympia Fields ranked 12th in avg. citations per officer. This is indicative of a strong police presence on the streets, which contributes to the safety of our Village and Quality of Life. To the patrolmen who are “in the trenches” every night and day putting their own safety at risk, we salute you.

 

OLYMPIA FIELDS PATROLMEN

 

Don’t let Contractors

Rip You Off !

Contact the Better Business Bureau to:

- Check out a contractor before you hire them

- File a Complaint

- Compliment a Business that did a good job for you.

These actions can easily be done online at the following link:  http://chicago.bbb.org/consumers/

 

Storm Debris Pickup

following severe storms

 

To arrange pickup of branches from storm damage, You must contact the Public Works Dept. at (708)503-8200.

 

If you are told it is not the responsibility of the village, contact SHARPWATCH immediately. Now that we are paying one of the highest Municipal tax rates in Chicagoland, unprofessional service is unacceptable.

 

STORM DAMAGE RULES / REGULATIONS

 

District 227 faces $10Million

budget hole

A slow economy and the Southland Charter School will bankrupt the Rich Township High School District 227 unless it can find an extra $10 million a year, either in revenue or by cutting expenses.

 

CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

 

 

 

District 227 to waste $4 million on gratuitous office building 

Just days after announcing the creation of a Budget Reduction Task Force to tackle the issue of the district losing revenue and deal with a growing financial crisis, the District 227 board agreed to purchase a building in Matteson for its district office and approved $4 million in general obligation debt certificates. Its located at 20550 S. Cicero Ave., and will cost $835,000 to purchase and need more than $3 million in renovations. The total cost will be over $4 million !!! The board’s goal is to use the $210,000 from the present lease payment to pay off the purchase of the building, so that money can go back into the operating fund. They claim “The building shouldn’t cost taxpayers anything”. They also claim they will pay off the debt within four or five years.

UPDATE : They lied : The actual payoff date for the $4.2 million debt obligation won’t be until 2022 !!!   Raymond F. Coyne, Senior Vice President, of Hutchinson, Shockey, Erley & Co, headquartered at 222 W. Adams St. in Chicago, explained that the board has owed more than $4 million dollars since June, and that the ultimate pricetag on the vacant building will be $6 million dollars including renovations and interest payments.

He also admitted that his fee is 1 percent ($42,000) of the total $4.2 million borrowed by the school board. You can contact Mr. Coyne at  (312) 443-1567

 

“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 

ABC7 I-Team Investigation  Thursday, August 13, 2015

The I-Team investigated a new rash of thefts striking people who park their cars near Metra train stations.
The I-Team first told you about this in January, and it is still a problem.

 

Aug.13, 2015 Metra responds after rash of thefts near train stations

 

Jan.23, 2015 More car parts stolen at commuter parking lots

 

Jan.19, 2015 Metra riders report stolen wheels, car parts in parking lots

 

Appeal your property tax

assessment online

The plummeting property values in Olympia Fields may entitle you to a lowered property tax assessment. The Cook County Board of Review website (cookcountyboardofreview.com) is now accepting pre-registration 2015 assessment complaints from individuals filing on their own property.

Frequently Asked Questions

 

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

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

 

Village Censures Trustee

In an unprecedented move, The Village Board of Olympia Fields on January 12, 2015  formally condemned the activities of Trustee Robert Waite by way of formal censure.

Village President Debbie Meyers-Martin presented Resolution 2015-01 which stated: "over the past several months the Board had become concerned that Trustee Robert Waite had become engaged in conduct and activities which are unprofessional and which did not reflect the values of our community."

His unprofessional conduct culminated on January 4, 2015 with the dissemination of a highly  inflammatory and racially insensitive communication to certain members of the community.

Text Box: Trustee Waite admitted that his email containing racist literature was widely distributed, and further commented that, "It was dumb of me to send it in the beginning" 
One board member called for the resignation of Trustee Waite. 
Text Box: 
Disgraced Trustee
Bob Waite

RESOLUTION NO. 2015-01

 

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 :
-  $162,000 Village Administrator 
…..with a  $57,000 assistant
-  $113,000 Finance Director
-  $102,000 Building Commissioner
-  $100,000 Public Works Director
-  $104,000 Park District Director
-  $63,000+ Towing Clerk (Double Dipper, does not                 
                            including 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.

 

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.
"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              Start Date     Data Year

Les Delya   $63,249.95   Tow Impoundment     Olympia Fields     5/1980        2013 

 

Congratulations to SD227 School Board Winners

 Randy Alexander, Cheryl Coleman,

and Shannon Smith Ross

Komaa S. Mnyofu

6.66%

1,507

Emmanuel A. Imoukhuede

8.13%

1,840

Demetria M. Brown

11.33%

2,563

Cheryl Buckner Grubbs

7.58%

1,715

Shelia Friday

12.17%

2,755

Cheryl M. Coleman

17.84%

4,038

Randy Alexander

14.04%

3,177

Regan Stockstell

7.08%

1,603

Shannon Smith-Ross

15.16%

3,431

 

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

 

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

 

Citizens Police Academy

Class of 2014 Graduates

Congratulations to the Citizens Police Academy Class of 2014. Once again we commend Officer Dan Kickert, Officer Sean Berry and all the supporting officers for their hard work and dedication in this awesome program.

 

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

 

Building Commissioner raise gives Village another 6 figure salary

More Chicago Style Politics in Olympia Fields

Despite being broke, trying to squeeze a $50 vehicle tax, and losing their AAA Bond Rating, our Village Board is still refusing to reduce spending and is going to award controversial Building Commissioner John McDonnell with a new $100,000 annual salary.

 

             BOARD MEETING MINUTES 8/25/2014 (page44)

 

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

 

Annual Average Unemployment Rates in Olympia Fields

Calendar Year                        Olympia Fields      County        Illinois

2004 ............................................. 6.5%              6.8%            6.2%

2005 ............................................. 6.5%              6.5%            5.7%

2006 ............................................. 4.7%              4.7%            4.6%

2007 ............................................. 5.3%              5.1%            5.0%

2008 ............................................. 6.8%              6.5%            6.5%

2009 ............................................ 11.0%           10.3%            9.3%

2010 ............................................ 11.3%           10.5%          10.3%

2011 ............................................ 10.8%           10.4%            9.8%

2012 ............................................. 9.6%              9.3%            8.9%

2013     ........................................ 11.5%             9.6%            9.2%

 source: Illinois Department of Employment Security

 

 

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Olympia Fields

Residential Burglaries

Source: Village of Olympia Fields through the Freedom of Information Act

            

Text Box: 1999    11
2000      8
2001      8
2002    22
2003    22
2004    15
2005    12
2006    14
2007    24
2008    18
2009      7
2010    23
2011    12
2012    21

 

                 

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

 

 

Rental Housing Watch

Building Dept. (i.e. John McDonnell & Reginald Ford) still failing to do their jobs and enforce our Rental Laws

Inexplicably calling written laws “unconstitutional”, is a desperate excuse for incompetence

Rental Inspection

A Rental Inspection is required by the Village each time a new tenant moves into your property. Inspections are $50.00 each. Once the home has passed inspection, a Certificate of Occupancy will be issued. Tenants may not move in until the Certificate of Occupancy has been issued.

 

LATEST REPORTED OLYMPIA FIELDS RENTAL HOUSING

 

            OLYMPIA FIELDS RENTAL LAWS

 

Audit finds $40K was stolen in Olympia Fields

Why wasn’t subject arrested and charged ?

A special audit has discovered that a police department employee in Olympia Fields stole about $40,000 in ticket payments during the past four years, according to village officials.

 

40K STOLEN IN OLYMPIA FIELDS

 

70.9% of Rich Central

Fail to meet State Standards

 

Rich Central High School fails to meet PSAE minimal state requirements for 2012-2013 because:

· Only 30.3% of students meet or exceed State Reading Standards.

· Only 27.1% of students meet or exceed State Math Standards.

· Only 20.8% of students meet or exceed State Science Standards

Wasn’t the Olympia Fields Educational Committee supposed to prevent things like this? This issue is critical to everyone, even if you don’t have children. Approximately 35% of your property tax bill goes to Rich Central (District 227) alone. This is your money that’s going down the toilet, along with your property values. Either get involved or support those who are involved.

 

RICH CENTRAL 2012-2013 TEST SCORES

 

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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”

Caveat emptor: Let the buyer beware

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

 

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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