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Property taxes

Published: Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

It appears that we citizens have been properly warned that property taxes will increase for the school districts in our area. The Illinois State Board of Education has notified schools that they can only expect 85 percent of their state aid to education funds from Illinois. May we expect our school districts to be frugal and cut down a bit? Or will the 15 percent loss be made up by the other revenue source that schools have – namely, our local property tax bills. District 26 in Cary always seeks higher taxes, and high school District 155 is in contract negotiations with its teachers union. McHenry County College also is planning a $47 million expansion. Every year, it’s more and more.

Last year, District 26 had a tax increase of more than nine percent. Now we have been warned to expect the same. We can only watch in December when the levies appear in our paper. Anyone who knows a person on the school board or park district board or the County Board, be sure to ask them if they are going to vote another tax increase within our district. Remember, they are elected to represent we citizens and not be beholden to the taxing district. But they always find a way to adopt a higher levy, which translates to higher taxes. As in Washington, we have little or no control over their plans.

Gary Verdung


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