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Already paying enough

To the Editor:

As a former government worker (an accountant), I feel that it’s about time the voters of Illinois know where the pension money comes from. We also pay for pensions for McHenry County, our township, the township road district, the rural fire department, the park district, and McHenry County College. Look at the left side of your tax bill. We pay a lot of money into pension funds.

Teachers have 9 percent of their pay put into the pension fund. This 9 percent is matched by the school district. Where does all this money come from? Our tax dollars.

Have you looked at your tax bill? Eighty percent of the bill is for schools. This money pays salaries and pensions for the schools. If the state had not taken money from the teachers’ pension fund years ago, we may not be in so much trouble.

Why does the governor feel that we should be taxed more for what we already are paying for?

Kathleen M. Lauter

Crystal Lake

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