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Update: Mayor Says Financial Documents Released from Library are Incorrect

Mayor David Gonzalez recently criticized the library for consistently requesting more tax money than it was using, but the institutions yearly report tells a different story.

Article updated at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012 to include documents provided by the mayor of Chicago Heights.

Conflicting documents about the Chicago Heights Public Library's tax revenue give some insight into how the institution is spending, or not spending, tax dollars.

The library's spending, or lack thereof, was a hot topic at the Monday city council meeting, after the 2012 tax levy had the institution losing more than $170,000 in funding. When asked about the decrease, Mayor David Gonzalez said the library had been levying for more than $1 million every year and spending significantly less.

Read: Is the Heights Library Stockpiling Too Much Tax Money?

While Gonzalez criticized the library for over-levying and underspending, public documents provided by the library reflect the institution spending most of its allotted tax dollars from the 2010 levy.

The reports the library provided for fiscal year 2011 to 2012 show the institution received about $959,000 in taxpayer dollars from the 2010 levy. It spent a little more than $957,000 of those funds, the report says.

In the current fiscal year, the library has spent nearly $611,000, with more than four months left. Part of the money the library has in the bank includes what is left to spend this fiscal year. 

If the numbers the library provided hold true, $1 million in taxpayer money every year may be just the right amount for the library to request, but the numbers provided by the mayor tell a different story.

Gonzalez says the documents provided to Patch, listing the library's tax revenue and expenditures for the 2011 fiscal year, were internal documents that had not been audited. 

Gonzalez provided independently audited documents that support his comments about the library netting a yearly surplus. The documents show more than $200,000 added to library's 2011 revenue that isn't shown in the documents provided by the library.

"As you will see, the library also gets corporate replacement tax revenue. This is taxes paid by corporations," Gonzalez said in an email. "In 2011, the library had a surplus of $200,519, and in 2012, they had a surplus of $96,949." 

Both sets of documents are public record, according to Gonzalez. 

View the PDF files above to see tax-income and expenditure documents provided by the library and by Mayor Gonzalez.

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Winston Wolf December 19, 2012 at 01:32 PM
I'm glad you are not in public office, since you can't even SPELL "taxes". Why hasn't the administration been given a chance to respond to this? The document could easily be doctored. Maybe there needs to be an investigation of the folks running the library.
jason amos December 19, 2012 at 01:38 PM
Yes Winston its someone from which the Mayor appointed at the Library that doctored the documents. Then maybe that investigation should start at city hall. I see you still are responding to anything that involves the Mayor
Beverly C. December 19, 2012 at 02:03 PM
It appears that the biggest expenditure is salaries. How many people work at the library? Must be a lot for that kind of money.
jason amos December 19, 2012 at 02:30 PM
How about a response Winston? Didnt think so.
Winston Wolf December 19, 2012 at 03:07 PM
Thanks for the update, Chris. Clearly the library needs some accounting help. I suggest hiring Gonzalez & Associates or a similar firm!
Unity P December 19, 2012 at 03:27 PM
Jason , Seems like you shouldn't believe everything you read. Or perhaps you can't read and that's why you could not see the fraud that was being committed when you had someone forge your election documents. The "Audited Statements " shows surpluses in 2011 and 2012.
Mrs. GoodFella December 19, 2012 at 03:43 PM
Jason Amos: Grow up!!! stop trying to pick at every little thing. Reality is you lost and you are a sore loser trying to find ways to make the winning party look bad. Another reality is that you make yourself look bad by acting like a child and not knowing how to spell. If you want to really focus your attention on something, why don't you volunteer in the community or something useful instead of running your mouth.
Mrs. GoodFella December 19, 2012 at 03:48 PM
Jason Amos: since you had your papers forged, you believe everyone is just like you. Well truth is they are not. If you really cared, why didn't you join the library committee? The was an opening not too long ago, i didn't hear you wanting to fill the vacancy; that way you would have more accurate information instead of running your mouth like you usually do with nothing but stupidity. Obviously you are not an accountant, so when you are then you can comment on what is or isn't. Until then you do not know squat!
jason amos December 19, 2012 at 04:12 PM
You had to be hand picked.
Mrs. GoodFella December 19, 2012 at 04:14 PM
Hand picked from what? from those that don't forge their election papers? Really i can't believe you can sit there and talk all this bull about another party who won fair and square when you CHEATED and lost. Your credibility is shot now because of what you did. So you can sit hear and preach to the choir but truth is you are a cheater and your words are worthless. Next time don't forge papers.
Mrs. GoodFella December 19, 2012 at 04:27 PM
Instead of making those stupid comments, put your time and enegy into something useful. Join committees and then maybe you can voice your opinion there and really have a chance to make a difference in the community.
Dilly Bar December 19, 2012 at 04:54 PM
I wonder if Gonzalez and Associates does the mayor's brother's taxes. It's hard to pay taxes on the illegal white substances you are selling.
Mrs. GoodFella December 19, 2012 at 05:00 PM
Dilly Bar: Lets say you have a brother or a sister who is committing illegal acts? does that mean that you are at fault for your siblings' actions? would you like to take the fall for something that has nothing to do with you? I don't think so. Why should another adult's actions fall on someone else just because they are related. I do not think it is fair to be judged based not on your actions but those actions of your family members. I am sure your family has some secrets that you would not like to be associated with. So do not judge others because of someone elses actions. Throw the first rock if you are free from sin.
Mrs. GoodFella December 19, 2012 at 05:02 PM
Do not try to justify your dislike of the winning party by tarnishing them with the actions of another adult. There is no need to talk about the Mayor's brother. That is not what the subject is. We have enough with one Jason Amos and we don't need another. The subject here is the library. I do not see you commenting or trying to provide some sort of relief for that.
Mrs. GoodFella December 19, 2012 at 05:23 PM
You do not need to be an elected official to make a difference in the communtiy. Try joining a committee, be a volunteer at the library or just become involved in City events; this will make a difference instead of making ingnorant comments. Comments like those will never change the city. If you want change, then do something and become involved, instead of making yourselves look stupid. For example, people complain about garbage on the streets. The day the City had its City-Wide Clean-up, I hardly saw any residents participating. That was the time to make a difference. But I see that people would rather make senseless comments than actually get off their a** and make a true difference in the town they criticize so much
LeeRoy Brown December 19, 2012 at 07:32 PM
I am sure Gonzalez & Associates can use the money right about now with all his family legal bills adding up.......
LeeRoy Brown December 19, 2012 at 09:54 PM
and you Mrs. GoodFella ....... quit being a puppet for "Winston Wolf" ................. why dont you go volunteer somewhere instead of being critical of others....why dont you lead by example. you could start by volunteering yourself.... and I dont mean the City - Wide clean up either.......... my goodness your presence is pretty much expected there and that doesnt count!
NotBuyingIt December 19, 2012 at 10:06 PM
WTH!!!! A MILLION DOLLARS A YEAR?!?!?!?!?!?!? What in the hell does our town need to spend a million dollars a year on a library for??? PEOPLE DON"T EVEN USE LIBRARIES ANYMORE!!!! This is a crime in my opinion to waste that amount of money!!! Half a million in salaries!!! This is ridiculous!!! OUTRAGEOUS!!!! A library is an outmoded institution and could EASILY be replaced with computers... We don't need to spend $500,000.00 on salaries. What a ridiculous situation!!!!
Mrs. GoodFella December 19, 2012 at 10:07 PM
You said you work for library? then you are on the internet on tax payers money during working hours? shame on you! And the people wonder why the library is inefficent. If you chose to volunteer in the City, you would see me there. It is wrong to assume if you do not know the correct information, so ever said i work for the City? I care for my town and i am an active volunteer. Insulting people and pointing at people's faults will not bring change to the City. I am a concerned resident that has every right to comment. I have my own mind. I am not critical of anyone, the truth burns and that is why so many lash out. I see you lashing out, does it hurt to hear the truth?
NoOne Needs to Know December 19, 2012 at 10:20 PM
I love the copy job from the other story Mrs. GoodFella. You are a piece of work, too. We are well aware of who the "winning party" is. Funny how you call those from the Integrity Party "sore losers" yet, the one person from the Integrity Party who did win, Alderman Deabel gets treated like dirt by the Mayor. I see it at the City Hall meetings every month. The Mayor's disdain for Mr. Deabel is more than obvious.
LeeRoy Brown December 19, 2012 at 11:20 PM
No I said I work for CITY HALL.... perhaps you should learn to read You should be asking Winston Wolf that question..............aka Your Mayor David Gonzalez
David December 19, 2012 at 11:35 PM
This is just a power play by the Gonzalez administration (most of whom I think are posting on this site under aliases). This behavior from elected officials just makes me sick.
David December 19, 2012 at 11:48 PM
Gonzales hand picks the board members for the library. That is common knowledge. Now his board members have taken over hiring for the library. This is practically unheard of in the library profession.
David December 19, 2012 at 11:52 PM
Irresponsibly consolidating power with the hope of personal benefits for yourself or your friends is the hallmark of a corrupt administration. I had high hopes for the Gonzales administration when he began but those hopes are rapidly diminishing.
LeeRoy Brown December 19, 2012 at 11:54 PM
I totally agree...... "Winston Wolf" "ProudAmerican" ........... GoodFellas and yes I HAVE to use an alias because I am a little guy....... but those are all ELECTED OFFICIALS putting the heat on our community Library thats has functioned for decades up to now with no help from CITY HALL i might add ..and all of a sudden the WOLFPACK is preying on the book people.......... leave the book nerds alone they actually do more for our community than what the Mayor does.
David December 20, 2012 at 12:10 AM
I am a professional librarian in a neighboring community and a Chicago Heights resident. I have good friends that work for the CHPL and they all feel like their livelihoods are in jeopardy due to the mayor's insistence on using the library as a political punching bag. It really disgusts me. I know more about the situation than has been reported or discussed on the patch, and I can tell you, it ain't pretty.
LeeRoy Brown December 20, 2012 at 12:46 AM
Well I didnt know that part about the Library board taking over the hiring there..... so they have stripped him of his duties so to speak.... tied his hands. Well that does sound like Mayor David Gonzalez... he does that here at CITY HALL too...... so i know how the Library staff must feel, that is after all how we feel here as well..... but we have to see him everyday and his wolfpack ...... talk about Library Board - you should see Lori Wilcox WHEN she is here.......... she is too good for her own two left shoes. Always texting on her phone....... makes you feel as though she is one of the SUPREME beings on this earth barking orders and if she only knew how much we all dispise her here at City Hall. I am not surprised she was hand picked by Gonzalez to sit on that Library Board. I feel for them at CHPL..............
JayZ December 20, 2012 at 03:05 PM
LeeRoy Brown aka Mike Davis My wife works at City Hall. She says "Lori is a breath of fresh air". NO ONE at City Hall dispises her. Thats an outright lie. Furthermore, if you want to talk of SUPERIOR ATTITUDES, look in the mirror. NO ONE can tell you anything about the library without you getting defensive...as if our library has been taken care of so well. NOT! Buddy-you SUCK as running the show there...time for a replacement!!!!!!
LeeRoy Brown December 23, 2012 at 10:15 PM
Well JayZ cant blame you for defending her what a night and shining armor you are. If she was my wife I would be inclined to do that as well. Fortunately she is not my wife.......... no one at City Hall says she a "Breath of fresh air" .... that sounds like something her HUSBAND would say! Kudos to you for trying to stick up for her......... but end the end it doesnt change how we feel about her.
JayZ December 26, 2012 at 02:45 AM
"We" feel about her? Im pulling your card now... There are six ladies who work in her office. All with excellent attitudes and in no way sounds like LeeRoyBBrown. Your a liar trying to get the topic of how crappy our library has been run with Mike D as head guy so you shoot at the board's new president. Hilarious and sad all at the same time. And Skippy John Jones don't deny there is a cat. Everyone knows. Lets be real: the library stinks and it's not just from acat. Clean it up so our kids can visit!

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