Thursday, March 29, 2012

As Oak Forest, Illinois turns black, it's revenue turns red...Remember Food Stamps/Link Cards pay no sales taxes

Oak Forest’s bigger sales tax bite ‘never a good thing’

At Style Carpets in Oak Forest, it’s a two-person show, with Lauralee Dove tending to customers while her brother, Garrett, handles the carpet and tile installations.

A recession-induced slump in sales forced them to let go an employee who worked evenings and Saturdays, and they’ve cut back garbage pickups to save money. Some months there’s not enough money coming in to cover all the bills demanding to be paid.

“It’s down to bare bones here,” Lauralee Dove said.

With Oak Forest’s city council approving a 1 percent home-rule sales tax, raising the city’s tax rate on general merchandise to 9.25 percent starting July 1, she’s worried it will hurt not only Style Carpets and other businesses in Oak Forest, but also dissuade other businesses from opening in the city.

“It’s never a good thing when taxes are added or raised,” Dove said.

City officials say they had no other choice, facing a multimillion-dollar drop in revenues the last four years because of the economy.

“This was the last resort,” city finance director Colleen Julian said.

The new tax will apply to “tangible personal property” as well as alcohol, soft drinks and restaurant food, but not services, groceries, prescription drugs or licensed vehicles.

City officials said the tax is expected to generate $1.1 million in annual revenue, allowing Oak Forest to rehire two police officers, a firefighter and two other employees.

Officials said the city has cut full-time staff by 12 percent, while part-time positions have been cut in half.

“You just can’t cut anymore,” Ald. Mark Keating said.

Keating said the council had considered boosting property taxes by 15 percent, but that would have caused commercial businesses’ property taxes to increase by 45 percent.

Bill O’Sullivan, a director at Gaelic Park and an Oak Forest resident, said that while the 1 percent hike on its own isn’t much, the overall effect gives Oak Forest “one of the highest tax rates around.”

He realizes the city has made severe budget cuts to cope with declining revenues, but is concerned the tax increase could hurt Gaelic Park’s business, which already has suffered what he described as a “noticeable” drop due to the economy. Those planning large parties or banquets might consider going elsewhere, O’Sullivan said.

“There are fine banquet places in other towns that we compete with on a regular basis,” he said.

Dove said she understands that cities and villages, like businesses, are being squeezed by an ever-present demand for services as revenues fall, but questions the timing.

“This whole economy is in the Dumpster,” she said. “I don’t think that raising taxes is the answer. There’s got to be another way to do things.”

32 comments:

Anonymous said...

Trayvons are expensive!!

Anonymous said...

The sales tax is on top of Oak Forest's high property taxes: 9.7% in some parts of Oak Forest. This compares with 4.9% in most of Chicago.

Anonymous said...

oak forest probably voted for obama,galic park will welcome the dark irish.

Anonymous said...

Chief Hillbilly walrus whale ass sucks cock... Commander Mummmbles is a coward ass licker...

look for the hillybilly walrus whale ass @ WWW.SSACOP look for the walrus with the lard hanging from his jowels...

I Voted For Obama said...

Coleen Julian voted for Obama, then told him that this was the last resort. We all know Obama has many more resorts to go to on the taxpayer dime.

Barry O said...

Hey Oak Forestans, suck it up, you've Travyons to support.

Whores or niggers? said...

That town is a shitt hole! Between the niggers and wiggers what a fucked up village! Used to be nice area with a lot of hot chicks that fucked! I used to finger bash and bang these whores when I was 16. Now the town traded these hot fuck pigs for dirty sect 8,welfare niggers! Sad sad sad

Anonymous said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...

oak forest probably voted for obama,galic park will welcome the dark irish.

Why change habits....they, and all of their fore fathers fled the neighborhoods on the south side in the city."South Side irish......"

Anonymous said...

As Oak Forest goes, the nation will go. Communism is here folks. Get used to the Nigro telling you what to do. You and you alone are at fault for this. And just watch the Supreme Court sell out to the kaffir-King, obama, on Healthcare, big fuckin corrupt fraidy-cats that they are, afraid to tell the Nigro No, they just let them do anything illegal that they please, as they're afraid they'll cause Civil Unrest, with their bullying everyone into getting their way. . So just ignore our Laws to appease them. ALL Judges, Lawyers, and Politicians SUCK, and are phoneys and sellouts.

Anonymous said...

White flight? What's the point they just keep following. Tinley and orland are on deck with cretes neighbor Frankfort in the hole.

Anonymous said...

Does anyone think that maybe the bad economy is being caused by all these welfare collecting scumbags. Free housing, free utilities, free money, free food, free cell phones, free health care, free school breakfasts and lunches... but guess what... NONE OF IT IS ACTUALLY FREE! It sure does buy the politicians votes though! We're so fucked.

Anonymous said...

Gaelic park will host a jay z concert and all will be fine. Move along and pay your jigaboo tax whitey

Just Joe said...

I feel bad for the good blacks who fled the ghetto to better themselves only to see it pushed upon them in the suburbs.in fact blacks have themselves said this when talking about their own people.niggers(not blacks) say if they had what whites had they'd prosper.look at all these south suburbs & look @ the crime rates,upkeep,schools,ect when majority white & now as majority black.schools with lights play football on saturday afternoon in fear of gangs/black kids who are out of control or play varisty only at 6.even worse the beautiful white girls start acting like the chimps & start fucking them & having kids(riding the government gravy train) & white kids with no brains gang bang,pants falling down,side ways baseball hat,ect.what cities are next to die winnetka? new lenox? frankfort? open your hearts to these section 8 niggers and watch whites flee

Just Joe said...

let us not forget 1991ish Dateline NBC buried white people fleeing Richton,Olympia Fields,Matteson who knew this was going to happen.Funny where are those mother fuckers now? they can report how the whites were right to know what was coming & how all these towns ghettoed out.but since the story is in the white persons favor they will NOT report it

Anonymous said...

Obama if reelected will raise income taxes 40% across the board.

Anonymous said...

Cancel the bus service until the shines move on.

Anonymous said...

some sick puppies on the blog

Anonymous said...

Somebodys gotta pay for the free shit Niggers and Spics are getting.

When a Repub is voted in and Obama is out, things will change.

Anonymous said...

A sick puppy is these niggers who rape,rob & murder the white people & al &jesse

Anonymous said...

What do you expect with Black Panther Bobby Rush posing as the Congressman from the 2nd District stretching into Orland Park.

Most of the white residents of the southwest suburbs have only seen Bobby Rush at all for the fist time on TV wearing a hoodie.

Anonymous said...

"oak forest probably voted for obama,galic park will welcome the dark irish."

O' Bama is Irish isn't he.


Obama visits family roots in Ireland

By Jeff Mason and Padraic Halpin

DUBLIN | Mon May 23, 2011 3:11pm EDT

http://www.reuters.com/

Anonymous said...

I will not be spending my money in Oak Forest anymore. Orland and Tinley are right next door. Hope everyone else gets with the program.

Anonymous said...

If a few of these media liars and whores got a little tune up, maybe they would wake up to the fact that we have created a class of adult spoiled children who have never known or even seen any other way to live. These liberal Democrats live in a false world - one that would shatter if they were ever to encounter these predators on the street....Reminds me of Royko's old saying - "what is the definition of a neo-conservative ? A liberal who was just mugged" !!

Anonymous said...

Fuck you pussy! Go read your people magazine and wait for mommy to make you dinner you beatoff

Spineless Republicans said...

Anonymous said...
Somebodys gotta pay for the free shit Niggers and Spics are getting.

When a Repub is voted in and Obama is out, things will change.

March 29, 2012 4:07 PM

One of the most important, and overlooked, news items to come out of Wikileaks: the news that black Democrats in Philadelphia and Ohio engaged in voter fraud during the 2008 President of the United States election.

“2008 Republican presidential candidate John McCain decided not to pursue legal action against the Democrats for engaging in voter fraud, believing that to do so would have thrown the country into civil unrest…” [Wikileaks reveals Democrat 2008 election crimes, March 5, 2012]

According to one leaked email on Wikileaks.org:


After discussions with his inner circle, which explains the delay in his speech, McCain decided not to pursue the voter fraud in PA and Ohio, despite his staff's desire to make it an issue. He said no. Staff felt they could get a federal injunction to stop the process. McCain felt the crowds assembled in support of Obama and such would be detrimental to our country and it would do our nation no good for this to drag out like last go around, coupled with the possibility of domestic violence.

























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No Escape said...

The whole southside south suburbs south of I55 are finished East of Harlem Ave it will be largest Black ghetto in the country move out NOW!

Anonymous said...

The only thing these liberals know is gimme.

Kurt said...

Why isn't there a limit on how long someone can receive food stamps? The rest of us are effectively subsidizing the antisocial and criminal behavior of the black community. They've been getting a free ride for too long - it has to end. I bet there are some blacks who have been receiving food stamps since the 60s.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Fuck you pussy! Go read your people magazine and wait for mommy to make you dinner you beatoff

your mom already provided me with dinner & i'm not talking about chicken in between 2 waffles though it tasted like that.i have a magazine and i'm going to empty it in you.oak forest to change name to jungle forest.

Anonymous said...

March 29, 2012 4:07 PM

One of the most important, and overlooked, news items to come out of Wikileaks: the news that black Democrats in Philadelphia and Ohio engaged in voter fraud during the 2008 President of the United States election.

“2008 Republican presidential candidate John McCain decided not to pursue legal action against the Democrats for engaging in voter fraud, believing that to do so would have thrown the country into civil unrest…” [Wikileaks reveals Democrat 2008 election crimes, March 5, 2012]

According to one leaked email on Wikileaks.org:


After discussions with his inner circle, which explains the delay in his speech, McCain decided not to pursue the voter fraud in PA and Ohio, despite his staff's desire to make it an issue. He said no. Staff felt they could get a federal injunction to stop the process. McCain felt the crowds assembled in support of Obama and such would be detrimental to our country and it would do our nation no good for this to drag out like last go around, coupled with the possibility of domestic violence.

Just like the rest of the country, lets not say anything, it's just easier to give everything away to the MUTTS. Just give it to them, it's not worth having to deal with the savages.
Nice.

Anonymous said...

Get rid of the apartmenst near 159th and Laclaire or the city will never recover. Fuck section 8.

Anonymous said...

Why don't Robbins accept section 8
colored folks from chicago?