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Letter: School funding the real tax issue

To the Editor:

Donna Kurtz deserves admiration for her singular vote against a 10 percent decrease of the county property tax levy.

Less than 15 percent turnout on Election Day is hardly a mandate for tax reform. While League of Women Voters’ candidates forums were well-attended, how did the rest of you make voting decisions? Did you heed the pledges of “Tax Fighters?” 

I am sure some readers followed the excellent candidates/issues coverage of this newspaper. If odd-year elections don’t motivate tax complainers, what does?

Obviously, some like to pontificate but make our democracy weaker by not voting.

Jack Franks receives many positive letters in this forum, but a 10 percent reduction of 10 percent of my real estate bills does not impress. I am more concerned, like County Board member Kurtz, that necessary services will be affected.

As a fundraiser for the annual county Children’s Health & Safety Fair, I have watched the Department of Health decrease its role in the event it founded, claiming reduced funding. If child immunization is not a public health focus, what is?

As a former state legislator, Franks knows that Illinois school funding is primarily a state responsibility. Check your local school funding, I challenge you to find a McHenry County school with more than 50 percent state funding.

If Mr. Franks and the County Board want to do the real work of the people, advocate for adequate state school funding. That will reduce our real estate taxes!

Judi Szilak


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