To the Editor:
I am ashamed to admit that I live in McHenry County, where more than half of the total votes were to turn down the referendum asking for a no more than 1 percent property tax amounting to somewhere between $30 and $60 to provide financial aid to the developmentally disabled.
The developmentally disabled are a group who have no voice; many of them are living at or below poverty levels. To deny this help is particularly short-sighted in view of a recent article in this newspaper that states that the agencies that support this group are being asked to do more with less since the state of Illinois ranks 42nd, near the bottom, in providing funds for these agencies.
Ultimately, this will cost all taxpayers more money, so it is foolish to deny such a referendum that would only cost a pittance. I consider the citizens of McHenry County group who made “robo” calls against this referendum to have committed a cruel deed against a group of people who demonstrate over and over the triumph of the human spirit.
William J. Laskey