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Support Johnsburg schools

Published: Friday, March 14, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

In response to the Feb. 22 article, “Two ballot issues face opposition,” regarding a Chicago-based taxpayer group urging voters to reject referendums in Huntley and Johnsburg, I urge Mr. Tobin to do his homework and learn the facts.

Johnsburg School District 12 proposes issuing bonds for capital improvements on existing buildings.

These would address many needed improvements, including life safety requirements, mechanical systems and site and drainage issues. The improvements would maximize operational efficiencies, saving taxpayers money in the future all while keeping the tax rate the same.

The funds derived from a successful referendum would in no way be used for teachers’ salaries, as the school board has carefully negotiated a contract establishing wages that are competitive and fair, not extravagant.

Our schools are the heart of our community and an investment in our future. Support our schools and vote “yes” in March.

Edwin P. Hettermann

Village president, Johnsburg

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