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Developmental Disabilities Board: No endorsement

Published: Sunday, March 24, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

On April 9, McHenry County voters will be asked whether a new tax levy should be created to start a Developmental Disabilities (377) Board.

The countywide referendum, if approved, would levy an annual tax not to exceed one-tenth of a percent upon the equalized assessed value of all taxable property in the county – or about $33.33 for every $100,000 in home value.

Supporters of the board’s creation note that Illinois is ranked dead last in funding for people with developmental disabilities. There are three groups that need help now: transitional youth ages 16-22, under- and unserved individuals, and aging adults.

Although the Mental Health Board currently supports some programs that offer services for those with disabilities, a new Developmental Disabilities Board would not be associated with the Mental Health Board.

In the current economic climate, we can’t endorse raising taxes by adding another taxing district for McHenry County property owners to pay into.

However, the developmentally disabled in this county need help. We recognize that importance, and ask voters to carefully weigh that obvious need with the tough financial situation that many taxpayers already face.

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