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Clarifying tax stance

Published: Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

The article “Woodstock property tax bills expected to rise despite steady levy” published Nov. 6 presented an incorrect depiction of the specific discussion and tone of City Council at that meeting.

Further, the article created the impression that my opinion as a councilman was one of being pleased with our property taxes. In fact, my opinion is quite to the contrary.

The situation whereby a home can lose value yet the property tax increases is outrageous. Property taxes are unacceptably high in our county, and made worse by government spending and the structure of the state of Illinois property tax system.

The city of Woodstock – at my suggestion years ago – has rejected automatic property tax extension limitation law increases. We have gone to exceptional lengths to make sure the city of Woodstock’s portion of property taxes is as low as possible. We have done this for multiple years, and I will continue to advocate an aggressive focus on limiting spending and reducing property taxes.

The Nov. 6 article did not adequately capture the discussion by council and did not capture my opinions. Other county taxing bodies need to work harder to limit, and even lower, their property taxes, and stop the business-as-usual approach that has us in an unsustainable and untenable property-tax situation.

If you don’t like your property taxes, tell your elected representatives. Hold them accountable.

I appreciate the Northwest Herald allowing me to set the record straight.

Mike Turner

City Council member, Woodstock

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