think it is very American for an employee to strive for the highest income they
can command. The sobering fact is that in Hinsdale District 86 the salaries of
the unionized teachers, guidance counselors, social workers, etc., are greater
than the median incomes for most of the district’s residents.
Median income for residents in District 86 are:
Burr Ridge - $97,285
Clarendon Hills - $84,886
Oak Brook - $82,000
Willowbrook - $57,050
Darien - $51,045
Westmont - $47,145
The average teacher salary for District 86 exceeds $111,000, which, again, exceeds all median incomes in the district except those those living in Hinsdale.
As all workers hope for raises every year, they can only be given raises if the company or organization that pays them has the money to do so. The tax cap is limited by CPI (consumer price index) and the teachers’ union is asking for an average increase of 5.2 percent, which is nearly three times the CPI-based tax and not sustainable.
In an area where property taxes have more than doubled (some almost tripled) in the last decade, things are getting pretty tight here. Residents took a financial hit during the recession years while teachers enjoyed increases. We are thankful that the Dist. 86 Board of Education managed to offer both the teachers a raise of 1.7 percent or 100 percent of CPI, while freezing our property taxes. These volunteer board members shouldn’t be demonized for keeping to a budget and advocating for students and taxpayers.
Hopefully the union will show respect for the taxpayers and accept the district’s offer this week. Harmony can be achieved with a simple agreement and then all parties can get back to focusing on educating our kids.