Why I Will Vote No On 377

377 Sample BallotFriends and Neighbors of McHenry County,

We have a choice coming up next Tuesday.  We can vote for higher property taxes or we can say enough is enough and say that we are Taxed Enough Already.

Some of you may be aware of an email campaign to vote yes to raise our property taxes to support another government controlled program.

None of us are bad people.  All of us want to help those who are less fortunate than ourselves.  Taxing the poor and middle class is not the path to prosperity or to helping those people in need.  In fact, an existing board in McHenry County very similar to the one proposed, is in complete disarray.  Even those who support that board are not happy with how it is functioning.  Why create another bureaucratic board?

Many of us, your family and mine, have had to make changes in our personal lifestyles because of the poor economy.  Gasoline prices go up.  The cost of eggs goes up.  The cost of milk goes up.  We cannot do the things we once did because our dollar does not go as far.  We as private citizens do not have the luxury of the government NOT to live within our means.  Illinois has more taxing bodies than any other state.  We do not need another taxing body.

Not wanting your taxes increased is in no way indicative of your level of caring about the indigent and less fortunate.  All of us do what we can to help those less fortunate than ourselves.  Some of us donate our time.  Some of us donate our money.  Some of us accomplish both.  Some donate to help the poor and some donate to help the arts.

I simply cannot have any more of my income forcibly taken from my family, my children, and myself personally; I know I’m not alone – friends, family, neighbors, and many of my constituents are in the same situation.  I have walked over 30 precincts in McHenry county – most of which are in Algonquin Township, this is what the people tell me personally when I knock on their door.

How many of our friends and neighbors are under employed?  How many people do you know personally that struggle just to make it by?

STOP 377When the assessor sent out tax bills this year many of you contacted me complaining on how your property values went down and your taxes went up.  Many more asked me what you had to do get your taxes lowered.  One thing you can do to ensure your property taxes do not go up next year is to vote NO next Tuesday for this proposition.

Is this proposition fiscally responsible?  No – it hurts the poor and middle class in an effort to help another constituency.  As we all know “the rich” will be just fine but the middle class and the poor are not in a good position financially to support a new tax.

Is this proposition limiting government?  No – it creates a brand new bureaucracy (board) that will only raise our taxes.

Is this proposition enabling the free market?  No – in fact it takes a private institution that is doing amazing work and turns it into an organization dependent on government funding.

I am not a millionaire.  I am not wealthy.  I am not rich.  I cannot afford consulting agencies or purchase email lists.  I am not the established politician.  I am just like many of you doing everything I can to make it by.  All I am trying to do is simply keep taxes down in McHenry County.

If you feel so inclined I would hope you share this with your friends, your family, your neighbors and co-workers.

Andrew Gasser
Algonquin Township Precinct 4 Committeeman