To the Editor:
With only one “no” vote, the McHenry City Council voted to raise the tax levy by 5 percent.
The only alderman voting “no” voiced concerns, questioning why there was no discussion and why it would not be possible for each department to cut their budgets by 5 percent, eliminating the supposed need to raise the levy. He has yet to receive an answer.
If you live in McHenry, I urge you to attend the City Council meeting Monday and let the council know how you feel about this issue. If enough of our residents attend this meeting, the levy raise will not be a slam-dunk, like practically every issue that comes before this board.
Perhaps the City Council members will go ahead with their plans no matter what, but they need to be told that if they vote “yes” on the increase, their constituents will vote a resounding “no” when it comes time for them to be re-elected. One thing about McHenry residents: They have long memories. Maybe it is time for general house cleaning at City Hall.
If the council thinks raising the levy will solve some of the problems it has created, it should take a drive around McHenry and count the number of vacant shops. Does it actually think new residents and new businesses will come here? Why should they when our surrounding municipalities have not raised their levies, nor has our county government. They have learned fiscal responsibility.
Please attend Monday’s meeting.