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Letters to the Editor

Turkeys most likely went to taxpayers

I read again SVM reporter Mr. Giuliani’s column (Saturday, Nov. 30) regarding the Thanksgiving basket distribution that, and I quote, “I’m betting that property taxpayers like to know how the townships are spending their money.” I think you just don’t “get it.”

Unless a person is completely homeless, in which case they wouldn’t need a turkey, nowhere to cook it, I’m betting that the majority of people who received a turkey, in one way or another, are property taxpayers. If they pay rent to a landlord, the rent includes the amount that must go to taxes, in most cases.

Then there are some renters who pay the taxes themselves, in a program designed for the landlord to charge less rent and enable the renter to participate in the “Tenant Homestead Exemption.” Those who may be older may not be paying taxes now but certainly paid taxes when they were able to own their own homes.

As far as the wealthiest portion of the community goes, I’m sure they would rather take a well-earned vacation away from the cold Illinois weather then stand in line for hours for a turkey when they could be dining on much more exotic faire and not have to cook it.

And, of course, there are those of us who can afford to pay taxes and a turkey, spend the holiday with our families, and are happy to be part of a program that helps others to do the same.

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