To the Editor:
Don’t you believe the recent front page story about our taxing districts feeling the pinch because our property values have dropped (May 30). The property tax system is designed that way. Common sense should prevail, meaning lower values should result in lower taxes.
Oh no, say our taxing bodies. District 200 now has a leader making $260,000 a year. McHenry County College’s superintendent is paid more than $250,000, and many, many deputies and assistants make huge, six-figure sums, all before benefits. All this data is available on the Internet or is published. Yet the lower-level workers, such as maintenance, clerks or average teachers, make wages comparable to private industry. Also, 15 or 20 years ago, government salaries were much lower.
As our home values decrease, our families are the ultimate losers. Many businesses in Illinois have felt the slower economy, resulting in lower wages, fewer employees and empty storefronts. And if you think your house taxes are high, check out taxes on commercial properties. You will be shocked.
Taxing bodies need to respect taxpayers. Governments exist to provide services, not to perpetuate exorbitant wages.
Gary W. Verdung