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D-156 cries wolf

Published: Monday, March 3, 2014 5:30 a.m. CST

To the Editor:

As a McHenry resident, I have been following your coverage of negotiations in School District 156.

I remember going to board meetings two years ago, when the board cried wolf over a $4 million expected deficit that ended up being only $72,000. I saw the annual financial report for District 156, and it shows a $1 million surplus over the past two years. How am I supposed to trust what the board says in the paper and at board meetings when taxpayers and teachers who taxpayers support are lied to?

When the board cries financial distress, property values in McHenry suffer. Talk to any Realtor, and they will tell you how property values in cities around McHenry are on the rise while property values in McHenry continue to decline.

The school board wants so desperately to look like the tax guardians when, in reality, they are killing property values. Misguided thinking and having hidden agendas seem to be present on the current District 156 Board of Education.

John Steinwehe

McHenry

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