By: Diane Benjamin
I asked District 87 for missing receipts. Asking is a waste of time – they evidently don’t exist. One policy I’ve had from the beginning, screw with me and I will post what I have. I don’t care if the offenders have an explanation, District 87 had a chance to comply and failed.
I’m going to just pick out the most offensive charges from now on. Below is January 2019. 01-2019
Barry Reilly, nothing stating the purpose or who attended:
(This is likely a holiday event, the previous year charge for $860.95 at Biaggi’s)
Were amounts “whited” out:
Receipt doesn’t match the charge:
Amazon charges including Sales tax: (there are MANY more with tax)
Amazon charges with no sales tax:
I asked District 87 about paying Sales Tax, this was their response:
Me: Sales tax is included on many of the receipts. Does the district have a written policy for people who make purchases for the district?
Response: The district has a tax i.d. number and sales taxes are generally not paid on purchases. The only exception to this would be online purchases from those organizations that collect sales tax.
I could posted invoices all day with Sales Tax paid by the District. They are robbing the kids and making your property taxes higher by paying taxes they don’t owe. Obviously Amazon has their Tax Exempt Number on file. Obviously whoever orders items neglected to state they are tax exempt.
Where is the School Board?
Obviously never looking at bills!
Custom Ordering for a Speech Meeting – only $162.66, Sales tax of over $14. Click to Enlarge:
Other questions I asked:
Me: Peterson bought a lot of domain names and renewed them this year. It doesn’t appear any of them are being used. Please explain why they were purchased.
Response: Uses as domain shortcuts back to D87 resources – these domain names are used.
I asked for missing receipts including this one:
Diane Wolf: Delta, Hilton Disney World – please include purpose, Holiday Inn – please include purpose
I did not receive the receipts, just this. I didn’t request receipts for fun!
Assistant Principal attended a conference on Teaching Excellence
I asked for numerous other receipts from the May 2019 credit card statement. Many were Amazon and food purchases.
I received ZERO.
If you pay District 87 property taxes . . .
Is the School Board going to keep rubber-stamping everything?
Probably, they work for the District, not for taxpayers. Contact information: https://www.district87.org/domain/140