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Letters to the Editor

Rising property taxes

To the Editor:

Greed is a powerful thing.

The public is near revolt with rising property taxes, and still our public servants and trustees continue exploring new ideas to raise tax levies and property taxes.

First, Huntley Park District Director Thom Palmer is pushing to spend $20 million on future expansion and keep the park district’s tax levy artificially high by issuing new bonds. Thank goodness for a new law preventing him from issuing the bonds without voters’ approval.

I hope the Park District trustees show some common sense. Otherwise, vote “no” in March and disapprove his referendum.

Second, McHenry County College and its trustees have approved their new budget but are undecided if they should increase the tax levy and taxes or use surplus funds to pay it. Veteran board members Mary Miller, Linda Liddell and Cynthia Kisser prefer to raise the tax levy and your property taxes. When will it ever end?

The MCC board decided to delay the final vote until the last minute when the tax levy must be submitted to the county. Again, our state and local government seems to be obsessed with greed. Do we need a referendum to cap our property taxes to 1 percent of the value of our homes, similar to what the Indiana voters approved in 2010? Or will we be taxed out of our homes?

Joseph Greenwood

Lake in the Hills

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