Fighting for reform

To the Editor:

Two years ago, state Rep. Jack Franks became public enemy No. 1 to taxing bodies, while simultaneously becoming the champion of all property owners when he introduced legislation to prohibit local governments from automatically raising property taxes when property values decrease. McHenry County local governments went so far as to hire lobbyists and spend our tax dollars to try to defeat Franks’ taxpayer-friendly legislation.

Franks kept fighting for this reform, and as a result it became the focal point of discussion by local taxing bodies.

Franks’ efforts are bringing about positive change. Recently, the McHenry County Board and other local governments have finally, for the first time in many years, decided not to increase their tax levies.

Franks efforts cannot go unacknowledged. But more needs to be done. Our local school districts, which make up the bulk of our property tax bills, also must stop raising property taxes when home values decline.

We need to encourage all of our local representatives and senators to support Franks’ common-sense solution to the very serious problem of escalating property tax increases. They must pass this legislation when they return to Springfield in January.

Tom Mishler

Woodstock

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