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Article posted: 11/22/2012 4:40 AM

Ease up on spending, D303

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I recently wrote a response to an article that the Kane County Board was discussing raising property taxes, pointing out how ridiculous the taxes have gotten. So what do I see when I open the paper Nov. 16, "District 303 seeks tax levy hike."

Why does our school district want a tax levy hike? Well the article states they want to "cover their bases on collecting all they can because the exact value of property in the district won't be determined until spring." Is this for real?

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What is wrong with the people who run our school district? We are in a major slump in the economy facing a fiscal crisis that could put many over the edge and their response is: "Let's ask for more money." The bottom line is this -- those that run our school district need to learn two things: to live within a budget and make things work; and that taxpayers don't have pockets deep enough to fulfill their wish list. We have a wonderful school district that a lot of people can only dream of. Why can't our district learn to re-budget and make things work just like most of us taxpayer's are having to do?

The country is facing another major recession. People are out of work or taking lesser pay to keep a job and are having to cut back to live within their budgets. I suggest our school district try doing the same. The home listings in our area alone have skyrocketed this past year mostly because people are being taxed right out of their homes. The money just isn't there for most taxpayers right now. And even if it were, this is simply the norm for D303 and always has been. In fact, asking the taxpayers to jump in and resolve things is the norm in this county.

Cheryl Bast

South Elgin

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