Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Call Alderman Balcer TODAY

7/23/2013 - Schools Action Alert - Call the Alderman!

Our schools will experience major budget deficits next year. To give you an idea of local loss:
Armour $430K
Graham $300K
Holden $150K
McClellan $150K
Sheridan $516,329
Tilden $800K

Please call Alderman Balcer and ask him to tell the Mayor to declare a TIF surplus.
Alderman Balcer's Office phone number: 773 254 6677.

Possible scripts:

a) If you just want to leave a message OR that's the only option: "Hi! I'd like to leave a message for Alderman Balcer. My name is ____ & I am a (CPS Parent/Parent/Concerned Citizen/Taxpayer/Voter) concerned about the severe budget cuts to our schools. (Pick a school or Pick all 3 above) lost $___ which will result in the loss of teachers, support staff, supplies and textbooks, impacting the education of thousands of kids in our Ward. The mayor needs to declare a TIF surplus & give money back to the schools. Mayor Daley declared a TIF surplus 3 years ago and returned $90 million to CPS. We know this can be done. We expect you to call the Mayor and ask him to declare a TIF surplus. We'll be bringing a letter by to get your support. Thank you."

b.) Maybe you actually get him on the phone: "Hi, this is _________I am a constituent and my school _______just lost _________ ( x dollars or x positions). We need Alderman _______'s help in restoring these positions. As you know, our schools weren't properly funded to begin with and we can't operate with this loss. Possible answer: Well, there's not much the City Council can do when it comes to education. You: "Actually, there was $1.7 billion in TIF accounts at the end of 2011 and $454 million was diverted from Chicago property tax revenue into TIF accounts. 53% of all TIF surplus money would go back to the schools. We would like you to call Mayor Emanuel and ask that he declare a TIF surplus so that we don't have to lose ______ positions." Possible answer: "Well, much of that money is tied up. We don't know for sure how much is in there." You: "Mayor Daley declared a TIF surplus 3 years ago and returned $90 million. We know this can be done. We expect you to call and we'll be bringing a letter by to get your support." Thank you so much!

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