Letter: Don't be misled on facts about savings without McHenry Township

To the Editor:

Bob Anderson is at it again, hoping he can convince voters that eliminating the township will save you money. Now, if you disagree with him you are pathetic and have your hands in the township cookie jar.

He claims we will see a 10% reduction in our tax bill. That is not true. My tax bill is about $4,200 a year. His letter would make you think I would save $420. The fact is I would only save $14.80, which is 10% of the township portion of the bill. Voters, be aware you will save 10% of the township portion of your bill, not 10% of you entire tax bill. 

I decided to look back at my last five tax bills. My township taxes paid in 2015 through 2019 were almost identical. My taxes that went to the county have risen by 6 1/2% for the same time period.

Ninety percent of our current township taxes would go to the county as they will now be responsible for some of the services such as roads. In my case that means I would save $14.80 the first year, about 28 cents a week.

If the county continues to raise taxes, you will lose some of that savings, plus we will have lost services the township provides, such as the senior bus service. Oh, that's right, trustees Anderson, Steve Verr and Mike Rakestraw have already voted to eliminate service to the elderly and disabled. 

One other thing to remember is that Anderson's agenda has already caused extra meetings of the township that we the taxpayers have to pay for. Remember the three above-mentioned trustees are responsible for that because of their eliminating the bus service.

One of Anderson's previous letters led people to believe that the township paid $70,000 for each of those buses, but in reality we lease them for a grand total of $6,000 a year. Is he intentionally fabricating things, giving wrong information trying to mislead, or is he just that lacking in intelligence?

Oh, by the way, I have no connection to the township. My hands are cookie-free.

Patricia Miller

McHenry

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