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posted: 1/6/2014 5:00 AM

Kane County taxpayers simply tapped out

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Kane County homeowners are going to be asked again to fund via a new tax a good cause, providing tax dollars to disabled residents, to allow them greater access to existing social services -- services that are already funded by taxpayers.

I don't argue that providing help to the neediest of us all isn't a noble cause, and one that certainly will play on the collective quilt of most taxpayers; my point is that taxpayers already pay for an unsustainable number of services and we're tapped out.

We currently fund Kane County, Kane County pensions, Kane County Forest Preserve, Kane County Forest Preserve pensions, St. Charles Township, St. Charles Township Road District, St. Charles Cemetery, South Elgin village, South Elgin village pension, St. Charles School District, St. Charles school pensions, Elgin College, Elgin College pensions, St. Charles Park Districts, St. Charles Park District pensions, St. Charles library, St. Charles library pensions, South Elgin Fire District, South Elgin Fire District pensions and Fox River Water Reclamation District.

I count eight pensions that I'm currently supporting as a Kane County resident, and the last time I checked the only one supporting my pension is me, so to this and any additional tax request I say no. I need what little I have to support my own retirement so that I don't become a burden on the next generation of taxpayers.

Joseph J. Carroll

South Elgin

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