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Save Trail of History

Published: Saturday, March 16, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

Recently, the McHenry County Conservation District board announced that this would be the last year of the Trail of History.

It noted budgetary constraints as a reason, with the event costing approximately $18,000.

Meanwhile, the MCCD continues to buy flat, productive farmland – which is then basically used to grow weeds. This not only spends MCCD money, but it also takes properties off the tax roll, which negatively impacts other local government budgets.

I believe that rather than scrapping a family and community favorite, the MCCD would be better served to stop buying productive farmland.

Even renting the land to area farmers would be a better option – at $200 per acre for farmland lease, MCCD would be able to cover the cost of Trail of History with a mere 100-acre farm. (It is not uncommon to see $300-$350 per tillable acre leases in northern Illinois, per John Greene Land Company.)

The MCCD should reconsider ending an enjoyable and educational local event.

Mike Justen


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