Don't OK mental health taxes without a plan

Updated 2/25/2020 12:34 PM

Did you know that in Illinois, you can have a 708 Board without raising property taxes? Raising taxes to support an unknown board without a plan should not be the first step to solving mental health problems in our community.

A government entity, like Elgin Township, can first appoint a mental health board that can develop a plan to improve the lives of many who face mental health challenges, substance use disorders, and developmental disabilities. Then, if funding is needed to execute such a plan and support the 708 Board, a referendum can be placed on the ballot to levy taxes for a specific end result.


Collecting more property taxes without a defined outcome does not ensure the mental health needs of our community will be met. Ask the questions: Who will be on the 708 Board? How will our taxes be spent? What am I voting for? Be informed.

Vote no on March 17 for an increase in property taxes for the purpose of providing mental health services, developmental disability services and substance use disorders until a 708 Board can be chosen and a plan presented to the voters.

Mary Roberti


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