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Real estate taxes

Published: Sunday, March 23, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

On the subject of real estate taxes: state Rep. Mike Tryon, Sen. Pam Althoff and Rep. Dave McSweeney all have legislation they are working on downstate. Didn’t anyone tell them that the voters want real estate tax reform first? Illinois is No. 2 in the nation as far as the highest, which puts us one step away from having the highest real estate taxes in the nation.

The only politician in the county that seems to understand what the public wants is Democrat Jack Franks. Where are the Republicans? Franks keeps watering down his bill because the Republicans don’t have what it takes to do what the voters want and desperately need. Where are the tax fighters? Despite what they say, I guess we don’t have any in the Republican Party.

I think the voters would support a permanent freeze of real estate taxes if given the chance, and subsequently require a referendum for any future increases. It seems our representatives don’t want us to have a say. Once again it seems they are not working for us.

Spending is out of control, and voters need to have the right to voice their opinion via the referendum process. Does the lack of support by the Republicans mean this will be normal if we put one in the governor’s mansion?

Quinn had tried, but without support can’t get it done alone.

Bill Sergeant

Alden

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