Should voters in Lee county approve a 1 percent school-related sales tax? This taxpayer is a definitive no.
For years, household incomes have fallen, nationally, more than $4,000. Nearly 2 years ago, Gov. Pat Quinn and the Democratic-led Legislature raised income taxes on every Illinois person by 67 percent and raised taxes on every business. Because of “Obamacare,” the American people, including those in Lee County, have been saddled with more than 20 new, higher taxes.
On Jan. 1, all Americans are scheduled to see their federal income tax rates increase as current tax rates expire. To put it simply, Lee County residents are taxed enough already with local, state and federal taxes.
While Lee County school districts may have a legitimate need for more buildings and maintenance funds, and the folks of Dixon may really want a sports complex, it’s no excuse to raise taxes.
The recession of 2008 and the subsequent 4 years of economic malaise didn’t magically avoid touching Lee County. That should mean something to the people who want more of your money.
Those pushing for the sales tax increase should keep something else in mind; Rita Crundwell happened. More than $50 million from the Dixon people over the last 20-plus years was stolen. This story didn’t break all that long ago; yet, it seems some have forgotten how badly this whole area has been fleeced.
On Nov. 6, keep your fellow Lee County taxpayers in mind and vote no to the 1 percentage-point sales tax increase.