To the Editor:
Two articles Jan. 29 explain why we have such a problem with local taxes. One suggests that somehow the conservation district could raise hogs to compete with local farmers.
If there was a way to produce hogs and turn a profit in McHenry County, I am sure some of our local farmers would be doing it now. Hog prices are historically low, which means that the conservation district would either have to be more efficient than the farmers (unlikely) or make up the difference in tax money.
The other article explains that Woodstock and McHenry County want
$2 million annually to operate a homeless shelter, and $1.8 million to build it.
Since the cost of rental property in McHenry County is approximately 1/3 taxes, perhaps fewer of these people would be homeless if they could afford rent. Or perhaps, when most people move to lower tax states, they can just move into all the vacant houses.