So let me get this straight – according to the non-partisan Tax Foundation McHenry County is the 29th most expensive county in the United States of America. Think on that for a minute. You, I, our families; we all live in the 29th most expensive county in the entire country.
So it only makes sense that we raise taxes more so we can be number one.
No one in our state denies our government is broken, badly broken. So why on earth would we raise taxes more? Fear not McHenry – Lake, DuPage, and Kendal counties are worse than us but Kane is nipping at our heals.
How many of our senior citizens who live in Fox River Grove, Cary, Huntley, Lake in the Hills, Crystal Lake, McHenry, Marengo, Spring Grove, or Woodstock can afford another tax hike?
How can the struggling poor and the over burdened middle class afford another tax hike?
But it gets better! Tax day, April 15th, right? Wrong.
Citizens who reside in Illinois have to work until April 25th to pay off their tax burden. Compare that to all the neighboring states:
– Wisconsin April 20th
– Indiana – April 13th
– Iowa – April 9th
– Missouri – April 8th
– Kentucky – April 6th
And just as a side note I would point out that Illinois has more taxing bodies than any other state around us. Heck, even California is better than Illinois. Are we not paying attention to the economic reality we are facing in Illinois? Are we just living in some fantasy world where we think we can tax and spend our way to prosperity?
Just look how bad our sales tax is here in Illinois:
Illinois is the 10th highest income tax rate at 8.2 percent. Now look at our surrounding states:
– Missouri is 14th at 7.49 percent
– Indiana is 20th at 7 percent
– Iowa is 25th at 6.81 percent
– Kentucky is 36th at 6 percent
– Wisconsin is 41st at 5.43 percent
Tell me, where would you want to open a business? Where would you want to live? Where would you want to raise a family?
We are in a financial crisis. Not just in the United States, not just in Illinois, but in McHenry County. So many of us complain about our taxes going up every year. How many of you know someone who has left the state?
I have one (former) constituent who left the state because she could not afford the taxes on her house she owned outright in Fox River Grove. How is that right? Her American dream is shattered. She had to sell her home.
There aught to be no shame in voting NO against this proposition. There aught to be no anxiety over what other people might think of a NO vote. How much is enough? How much does the poor and the middle class have to pay to satisfy political correctness? Vote NO on Tuesday.
Finally – while everyone plots political strategy quietly in emails and phone calls, while everyone likes to run around calling themselves “tax cutters” and “reformers”, all the counties on the first graphic above are run by “Republicans”.