By Hank Gerdes Amboy

Businessman opposes Nov. 6 tax referendum

I read with interest about the proposed new $15 million playground for Dixon Schools being pushed on almost everyone doing business in Lee County. A sizable portion of my business is derived from the camping trade that calls Lee County home during the summer.

The article stated nobody would complain about an additional 1 percent sales tax; they must have asked the Dixon folks with kids who would benefit.

Everyone who comes into my shop and all the people I’ve spoken with in Amboy are dead against this new tax. Several customers buy goods and services in Lee County because not only are our prices lower, so is our sales tax.

Those pushing for this are earning their living on the backs of the taxpayers now. There are tax takers, and there are taxpayers, and believe me, the takers are about ready to overcome the payers.

Please join with me and other business people and say, Enough, enough, enough. We have the politicians in Springfield picking us to the bone; we don’t need local politicians or anyone else adding to our taxation misery.

To those of you running our schools, operate with funds available to you or slide over and put a business person behind the desk.

Those of us in business can’t go to the taxpayer and raise money; we have to compete with the funds already available. To the people pushing this idea, I suggest you do the same. 

Join with me and vote no on this tax increase Nov. 6. 

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