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Local Editorials

Our view: Consider it the tax election

One way to look at it is as the “property tax” election.

We refer to the April 9 Consolidated Election that’s coming to a polling place near you.

Almost all offices up for election have to do with taxing bodies that get their share of your tax dollars each year from your real estate tax bill. An exception is county government itself, whose representatives were elected in November.

If you review the list of governmental units on your tax bill, and compare them to a sample ballot for the April 9 election, you will see the names repeated time after time.

City government.

Village government.

Township government.

Park districts.

Public library districts.

School districts.

Community college districts.

Fire protection districts.

All those governments take your tax dollars.

All those governments spend your tax dollars.

And many people who decide how that money will be spent will be on the April 9 ballot.

Tuesday’s primary election settled some races. Sadly, only a small percentage of voters decided the primaries. The Election Day snowstorm didn’t help, but turnout almost always is light during these local elections.

And that doesn’t make sense to us. It is our money these government entities are spending, after all.

In order to vote in the April 9 election, you have to be registered first. Residents who are not sure of their registration status need to check with the county clerk. The last day to register is March 12 – less than two weeks away.

So, think about writing a big check for your next real estate tax bill, then think of the local governments who will be spending your money.

Then decide whether you will vote.

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