To the Editor:
I recently received my property tax bill from McHenry County and was shocked to find that while the value of my home had stayed flat, my taxes went up significantly.
I recalled receiving a newsletter from state Rep. Jack Franks about a bill of his to stop this and searched recent news on the subject. When I found Kevin Craver’s April 12 article, “Tax cap bill fails House,” my shock turned to anger.
While I can respect any representative’s political views, I simply had no idea that local governments spend tax dollars paying lobbyists to defeat common-sense proposals like this.
I would have guessed that it was illegal to use public money to pay a lobbyist. It surely creates a conflict for those who voted against the people in power at the local level. But anything goes to maintain the status quo, even if it means people like me have to consider leaving communities we have called home our whole lives.
Franks’ legislation did not mean automatic cuts for any local government, merely that if the value of our homes was falling, our local governments would have had to work with what they had the year before.
People in this state need to do something different and start showing up to vote in local elections. If we don’t, as Albert Einstein said, we would be insane to expect a different result.