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Tax levy fiasco

Published: Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

Recently, a concerned writer suggested that our assessed property values be adjusted to accommodate the taxing districts financial needs. Sorry, our property values need to be based on sound market value and not the financial needs of our taxing districts.

In Nunda Township, Assessor Dennis Jagla has reduced our assessments about six percent for three to four years; a good job, however the tax levy is the real problem and can be manipulated to cover the loss of our lowered assessments. Our Nunda Township tax levy increased outrageously by 14.7 percent this year. The overall levy has increased 64.88 percent the past five to six years.

The uncontrolled McHenry County growth of the 1980s to 1990s is long gone, but unfortunately the districts’ needs are still growing? Why? School enrollments are down, housing starts nil the past five years.

We must demand of our elected officials to back Rep. Jack Franks in his continued efforts to curb the obscene tax explosion to max out levies.

Take a look at your tax bill and reduce it to a 1.7 percent (COLA) instead of a 14.7 percent increase – a much closer reality to our property tax assessments that were lowered the past four years.

Al Bielsky

Holiday Hills

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