No taxpayer help

Published: Tuesday, May 21, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

A big, fat “no thanks” to the lawmakers in Springfield who voted against House Bill 89, state Rep. Jack Franks’ bill to block property-tax increases when home values go down.

I recently opened my tax bill from McHenry County to find that, yes, you guessed it, my taxes had gone up despite the fact that my home’s value is still going down.

This is the kind of common sense that can be found only in a government bureaucracy. Somehow, we the taxpayers have to live with our homes being worth less than last year, but come up with the cash to pay more to our villages, counties and townships.

Franks is right. If we are cutting back, governments should have to as well. The least they could do would be to live on what they got last year, which is all this bill would have done.

Shame on the state representatives that voted against House Bill 89 and the local governments that lobbied against it. You put money from consultants before the interests of your constituents. We won’t forget that at the ballot boxes.

Stan Maravelias

Richmond

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