To the Editor:
Last December, when all the taxing districts were forced to publish their levies, we noted that the District 26 levy was almost 9 percent higher. District 155, the high school district, also upped its levy just over 9 percent. And the Cary Park District also wanted a huge increase. Well, taxpayers, they got it.
My tax bill on my residence went up more than 11 percent in just one year. I had mentioned most tax districts held down their levies in the previous two or three years because the recession was at its peak. However, for this current tax year, most of these taxing bodies got even with us by approving huge levy increases, even though most home assessments have dropped. Of course, the multiplier also added 2.04 percent to our lower assessments, just to take more dollars from us.
It’s a sorry situation when we can’t trust our local elected officials to protect the taxpayers. People elected to the school boards or to the park districts simply will support their taxing bodies over the citizens they are supposed to represent. That’s how you have maintenance people in the Cary Park District making more than $65,000 yearly before benefits, and that is their lowest wage in the budget.
Like many others, my wife and I are planning on moving away from my tax bill that will go up again and again. Districts 155, 26 and the Cary Park District will have to get their taxes from others willing to live with this outrage.
Gary W. Verdung