To the Editor:
The grandiose scheme for the Huntley Park District’s expansion plan is supposed to be justified because “there will be no tax increase,” given that existing bonds will be retired to be replaced by $20 million of new obligations. (Northwest Herald, Sept. 28)
I realize it becomes a matter of semantics, but I contend that voting in favor of the referendum is a vote to a tax increase. Why? When the current bonds are retired, we in Huntley would see a tax decrease. So, coming along with new bonds represents a tax increase to my wallet.
The district plans a package of several “improvements” to its infrastructure, costing $20 million.
The required utilities, maintenance and manpower for these new facilities will be covered by further tax increases down the road.
Now individual parts of its grand scheme may well be justified, and should be presented to us as such. But to pick as many as possible you can get for $20 million because of “no tax increase” rubs this taxpayer the wrong way.