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Frankfort Mokena Star (Newspaper) - November 21, 1982, Frankfort, Illinois Contract talks slated to continue insist. 157c by Karen Haave teacher contract negotiations in Frankfort District 157c thursday failed to produce a new agreement but talks with the Aid of a Federal mediator Are slated to continue monday november 29. School Board and teacher representatives met with commissioner Michael Madden of the Federal mediation and conciliation service thursday. Negotiations began at 7 30 . And ran until nearly 2 a m. According to Frankfort teachers association president Jean Nordmeyer a some Progress had been made but no settlement had been reached. A there was some Progress. There were proposals and counterproposal from both parties a she Sai it. Asked if the Progress being made would indicate that there is no threat of a work stoppage on the part of the teachers mrs. Nordmeyer hesitated briefly and replied a a in a not prepared to say right separating the fat and the school Board in negotiations Are pay raises in addition to maintaining too per cent paid premiums for individual Hospital insurance and improved Board paid contributions to dependent Hospital coverage. Teachers in District 157c currently Are paid on a salary scale ranging from $12,800 bachelors degree with no experience to $20,500 bachelors degree with 14 years of experience and from $15,600 masters degree with 16 graduate hours and no experience to $25,500 masters degree with 18 years of experience. Bargaining initially begun in May with a a a briefs session and discontinued Over the summer vacation months stalled in mid october Over the salary and fringe benefits issues. At that time teachers called for the Aid of a mediator and the Board of education did not object. Provisions for requesting a mediator Are written into the Ftak a most recent contract. The Board of education also is permitted to request a Federal mediator. The mediators salary is paid for by the Federal mediation and conciliation service. School officials Friday agreed with mrs. Nordmeyer a assessment that Progress had been made thursday night. A i would say that we Felt there was some Progress a commented supt. Leroy Olson. He declined however to elaborate. A i think wed better leave it at that Quot he said. Teachers in Frankfort Are affiliated with the Illinois education association i abut they Are recognized in negotiations As the Frankfort teachers association. According to supt. Leroy Olson the fat which became affiliated with the Iea in december 1981, has not requested that the Iea be recognized As its bargaining unit the fat however is represented in negotiations by Iea staffer to Anderson and teachers Jean Nordmeyer Paul Freidinger and Florence Provencher. The Board of education is represented at the bargaining table by Max Bailey and Board members Dennis Kimsey and Teresa Stinnett. 40 pages�?3 Section Frankfort Mokena Star sunday november 21, 1982 25 cents per copy vol. 6�?no. 23the Star inside life on the farm a recent trip to a Mokena area farm by a group of preschoolers provided the setting for a pictorial feature by the stars Jerry Marmozewicz. Page 4.players of the year while football May be a team sport its hard not to notice players who stand out from the rest. The Star s 1982 choices on offence and defense Are profiled in sports. Page 17. Illinois philharmonic Illinois philharmonic orchestra the newly named ensemble that will begin its new season at a new performance site is featured in inside Magazine. Around town.2 editorial.6 Chow lines.9 sports.17-20 commentary.6 want ads.13-16 i where to Call news.815-469-3801 delivery.815-469-3606 advertising.312-687-8400 most area state senators uncommitted cautious air Over tax multiplier by Franklin Shuftan elimination of the equalization Factor which passed the Illinois House thursday without a vote to spare is being reviewed cautiously by area members of the state Senate. Only one of four South suburban state senators a Aldo Deangelis a Olympia Fields a is on record As supporting gov. James Thompsons action to squelch the Impact of the a multiplier Quot in computing property tax Bills. Sens. Frank Ozinga a Evergreen Par William Maharr Homewood and George Sangmeister a Mokena All were noncommittal on the Issue when polled Friday. The multiplier is a figure assigned by the state department of Revenue whose ostensible purpose is to equalize assessments Between counties. It is used to multiply assessed valuations on property tax Bills yielding an equalized assessed valuation to which the tax rates of local governments Are then applied. When democrats last Spring sought to use the multiplier As an election year Issue against Thompson the governor used his amendatory veto Powers to gut the provisions of a Bill already passed by the legislature substituting instead his proposal to effectively neutralize the equalization Factor. Deangelis assistant Republican Leader in the Senate said a key Issue involved in the multiplier dispute is removing the inequities of the present currently Deangelis said the multiplier severely penalizes property owners who Are assessed properly by substantially increasing their tax Bills. In Cook county he noted the multiplier causes special problems because of the classification system. Should a Home be properly assessed at 16 per cent As mandated under the classification system the multiplier could still raise its tax Bill 85 per cent. For an Industrial Plant a class assessed at 40 per cent of Market value the inequities Are even greater. Deangelis acknowledged that the governors proposal is the subject of an intense lobbying Campaign by school District and local government officials who fear the proposal s approval will severely Cut their revenues. But he added. A if the assessors did their assessing properly then school districts would not lose any Money. A i am very upset with some of the stuff that a coming out of the educational concern for local governments however was voiced by sen. Mahar a former Homewood Village official. However Mahar emphasized his feeling that the state should find a Way to remove itself from the process of determining local property taxes. A there ought to be proper assessments and proper levies a he said. Still the Opportunity to eliminate the multiplier remains appealing Mahar admitted. A if it is retained then property taxes will still be horrendous Quot he said. All portions of his new senatorial District a suburban Cook county. Homer township in will county and in Dupage county a have been adversely affected by the multiplier Mahar noted Sangmeister the sole Democrat among the areas senators also remained uncommitted saying he would defer any final decision until a party caucus next month. Generally democrats have favored freezing not eliminating the multiplier until the entire Issue of property taxes can be studied Sangmeister cautioned that elimination of the state multiplier would not completely solve the property tax problems in counties such As will that assign township multipliers. A most people who favor this proposal done to realize that the governor is simply shifting the responsibility Back to local governments a he said. A we re still not going to get rid of township multipliers and a lot of people would be even if the governors plan is continued on Page u Utility rate Battle continues a reconsideration sought the it a a Manuel Zabala literally gets right Down to the Job As he eyeballs a line of track through Mokena to make sure it is level. Star publications photo by Jerry Marmozewicz by Karen Haave Prestwick utilities inc. Has been granted a request for Illinois Commerce commission a a reconsideration of a hike in water and sewer rates granted in Early october for customers in Frankfort Square and Prestwick subdivisions. The Utility Hopes to have the rate hike request overturned in its favor. It had asked for a 40 per cent increase in water rates and 52 per cent for sewer charges and was granted increases totalling about 25 per cent. Permission for Quot reconsideration clears the Way for an a Oral argument by the Utility before the five member commission on thursday december 16. Proceedings begin at i . At the Iccy a Chicago office. In addition the request for new consideration of the rate hikes also fulfils the Utility s Legal obligation in order to Appeal the rate hikes via circuit court. Request for a a reconsideration is one of the Steps that must be taken before an Appeal can be entered. Prestwick utilities meanwhile will be allowed on december 16 to discuss the rate hike request with the commission and give reason for seeking a reversal of the order. It is the Only occasion according to inc hearing officer Roger Levin that direct discussion with the commission is permitted. A otherwise a he said a commissioners do not participate directly in the discussion is expected to be completed on december 16. No additional sessions Are anticipated. Levin said. After the a Oral argument Quot the inc May opt to reverse its decision entirely or in part he noted. A the Oral argument gives the commission a second shot. A Chance to Correct its mistake if necessary a he added Home owners associations in the two unincorporated subdivisions will be permitted to have Legal representation at the a Oral the two groups which together have fought to Block the rate hikes requested a year ago. Have been represented in recent hear Ings by attorney John Rogers. Home owners association officials last week had not decided whether Rogers would be asked to appear on their behalf at the upcoming proceedings but one official who asked not to be identified said thursday that it was unlikely that the groups would ask Rogers to appear because Legal fees Are costly and chances Are a a Remote that the commission would change its existing order. Officials from both associations admitted however that the Utility a requests for a a reconsideration and a Oral argument caught them off guard. The petitions were entered just two Days before the 30-Day filing period ended. A it took me by Surprise coming two Days before the deadline a said Frankfort Square homeowners association president Ted Basowski. A who would have thought they would file a petition then a what scares me about this situation is that they re going to come Back that much sooner for a new rate increase. A i have a Hunch that they will pursue another request for a rate but Prestwick utilities treasurer Pat of Brien said last week that the Evanston based firm prefers to pursue the current rate hike request instead. Of Brien pointed out that a new request filed after the first of the year would mean an 11-month delay before the inc makes a decision. In general hearings for rate increases Are spread Over an 11-month time Frame. An inc decision must by Law be made within that period of Brien in recent weeks has expressed the Utility so a disappointment in the Iccy a Early october order contending that it has denied the firm a a substantial portion of our investment in our of Brien also said last week that the Utility a officials feel that the inc order imposes Quot certain obligations on us for the future that Are not imposed on other for example he said the order requires Prestwick utilities to a perform a detailed study of the amount needed for working in imposing such an obligation of Brien said a they can temporarily delay giving us increased rates needed to cover the working under the rates just approved by the commission Frankfort Square and Prestwick customers pay a minimum of $7 per month for water an increase of $1 per month metered water rates were set at $1 75 per 1,000 Gallons for the first 4,000 $1.46 per 1,000 for the next 16,000, and $1.22 per thousand Gallons Over 20,000. Sewer charges Are $20 per month per dwelling for residential customers while commercial customers pay 105 per cent of their water Bill with a minimum of $20 per month. Sewer rates had been $15.75 per month. Thus new monthly water and sewer Bills now total at minimum $27. In addition to the new rates customers now Are seeing a change in the previous quarterly Billing system to a bimonthly system. By january and february All Frankfort Square and Prestwick customers will be on the bimonthly Billing system Harry Stephen of the Frankfort Public works department finds himself with a Job that s sure to be repeated in villages across the country during the next few weeks a stringing lights for the upcoming Holiday season

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