The 'Doing Things Better for Palatine Township' slate of candidates who are running for Township offices in the February 26th primary are pledging that they will, if elected, refuse any tax payer funded pension.
We believe that public service should be just that, an opportunity to serve our community, and not a way to pad our wallet with generous pension benefits. Part-time government jobs should not come with taxpayer public pensions! To date, none of the candidates on the Linda Fleming slate have made the same promise. In fact. Linda Fleming has begun taking her pension.
According to the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund, Fleming is currently receiving a gross monthly benefit of $4469.62 after contributing a total of $48,631.55 over 38 years. She will take home more in the first year than she ever contributed! That is not right! Only two months ago, when Ms. Moran decided to run for re-election, did she decide to opt out of the tax payer funded pension.
According to the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund, any elected official could have opted out of the pension at any time. Almost three years ago, I, Trustee Art Goes, and Trustee Bill Huley asked the entire board to do just that. No one stepped up.
Doing Things Better for Palatine Township slate is running for office because for too long government has not had the proper respect for the public tax dollars. We understand that it is the taxpayers' money that we are spending and as a result we must spend it wisely and conservatively. And, that respect for the taxpayer prohibits us from using the system to our own benefit. Our slate is endorsed by Palatine Township Republican Organization, the official Republican organization of Palatine Township, the Save Briarwood Committee and Aaron Del Mar, Cook County GOP Chairman.
The slate includes myself, Sharon Langlotz-Johnson for Township Supervisor, Tom Kaider for Highway Commissioner, Kathy Allegretti for Clerk, and Art Goes, Bill Pohlman, Kevin McGrane, as well as Bill Huley for Trustee. Come out and support your Better for Palatine Township slate on February 26th!
Sharon Langlotz-Johnson, Palatine Township Trustee and candidate for Township Supervisor. www.betterforpalatinetownship.com