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Boycotting Crystal Lake

Published: Thursday, May 9, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

On April 27, I got a letter stating that my Illinois income tax refund will be debited almost $200 by the city of Crystal Lake due to unpaid parking tickets.

This letter also stated that if there were no more notices in the next 10 days from other municipalities, that I would be issued a check for the balance. On April 29, my bank account was credited the balance.

The letter did state that I can rebut the charges by calling a number, which I will do. I can say that I have not used the train station in over a year and paid my one ticket for $20.

But for discussion’s sake, let’s say I missed one or two tickets over a year ago. Seems Crystal Lake is taking a turn behind the city of Chicago. I get it. People don’t pay, make them pay.

But when I would use the pay boxes, it was the norm to have $2 of change in my pocket since the machines stick from time to time. Guess I should have called on those.

What to do? Too aggravating to keep track of the tax dollars I’m not spending there for the next year. So its goodbye Wheel Werks, Bossy Boots, the farmers’ market, Portillo’s, the movie theater on Route 14, Noodles and Co., Menards and all the other places we frequent. See you in a year. Maybe.

Jim Bellavia

McHenry

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