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Property tax hikes on everyone's mind

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Property tax hikes on everyone's mind

Kudos to Linda Sobieski of Elburn and her letter, "Can't Afford yet another tax increase."

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This is a sentiment and a topic of conversation around Kane County and I'm sure other counties in Illinois. It has gotten completely out of control here. Property values continue to decline yet the property taxes continue to rise, and the increases are sharp.

Soon after the tax bills came out this year it was no surprise to see how many houses popped up on the market in our subdivision. When I opened my tax bill I was stunned to find another $500-plus increase yet my property assessment value decreased again this year.

Those in District 303 that continue to vote for higher taxes need a wake-up call (and have for years) as do all the taxing districts for pension funds, preserves, park district, fire department, villages, etc. Most everyone has a much tighter budget and can't keep paying for these ridiculous increases to accommodate the wishes and so called "needs" of others.

In addition to losing jobs many people have lost their pension or never had one to begin with and the money they earn they need to save for themselves not others. People are being taxed out of their homes and there are few places left to go for relief except out of state, especially for retirees.

This state is a disaster and at every turn the answer is let us dig deeper into the taxpayer's pockets. If governments keep it up with the tax increases the foreclosures will continue which will push property values down further.

Next time anyone thinks a tax increase is warranted they need to look hard at themselves and ask "Do I have a clue?" If the answer is yes -- you don't.

Cheryl Bast

South Elgin

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