To the Editor:
I love living in McHenry County for the past 10 years.
I have been further fortunate enough to have a job where I have met a lot of great McHenry County families and seniors that are living on a fixed income. I would try to listen to their plights with empathy, but now I am really able to understand and feel the hardships many folks are going through.
Going on my fourth year of not having a raise, I am experiencing what it is like to live on a fixed income when everything, except income, else keeps going up in cost. Now I must find $75 more a month to pay my property taxes. In calculating the property-tax hikes over the past four years, and projecting this into the future, I will essentially be taxed out of my home by 2019.
Being village president of Gilberts for five years, I supported tax hikes for schools and governmental bodies that provided the residents of Gilberts and Kane County with needed services. However, that was in good times, when we all were working and getting raises.
While the taxing bodies provide excellent and needed services, we have to find a better way to support them financially. The average homeowner cannot possibly continue to absorb these tax increases. We all have to learn to live on a fixed income until things improve in our economy and we all can once again afford to pay our fair share for services.
Michael P. Isitoro