Letters to the Editor

Letter: Township road tax policies unfair

To the Editor:

Township records show that municipal property taxpayers (homeowners) who reside in McHenry Township are on the hook of paying 78 percent of the township’s road district’s revenues. Note: Municipal homeowners pay property taxes twice for road and street plowing, once to their township and once to their city.

Residents who live in unincorporated areas do not pay one dime for plowing city streets of municipal governments.

Misguided, and unfair, township road district property taxes levied on municipal property owners is designed solely to raise revenue to fuel more township spending on roads and services that highly benefit mainly those who live in unincorporated areas.

Example, the ongoing (golden goose) 6-mile road project in Indian Ridge subdivision of unincorporated Wonder Lake.

Cost of the project? $6 million. McHenry Township Road District cost? $1,400,000. McHenry County cost? $4,600,000. Indian Ridge property owners cost? Not one dime.

Furthermore, once we are through paying for this $6 million McHenry Township Road District road project, we will be paying for their new roads, which, by the way, will raise Indian Ridge property values at others’ expense.

The folly of McHenry Township and McHenry County taxpayers picking up a $6 million tax tab on new roads that they will not use should raise more than eyebrows. It should make residents angry, very angry.

Bob Anderson

Wonder Lake

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