Saturday morning it was foggy.
Take a look at the water tower in McCormick Park next to the Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce Building.
In the foreground you can see one of the ornamental street lights financed by the Virginia Tax Increment Financing District.
That’s the one with the four $16,000 pillars at its borders on Route 14.
As I will keep repeating, a TIF District is a way for municipal officials to make off with property tax dollars which results in all other tax districts increasing their tax take in order to make up for the difference.
The latest village preparing to take part in this scam is Huntley. The village board is going to create a Downtown TIF District to raise money to make it look better.
That money will come out of the pockets of all McHenry County residents, because county government and the Conservation District cover Downtown Huntley.
I remember reading in either the First Electric Newspaper or the Northwest Herald that Trustee Pam Fender asked if the TIF District would raise taxes.
She accepted the consultant’s assurance that it was not.
The consultant was not telling the truth.
And that brings us back to our “Message of the Day”.
Maybe the TIF consultant was just blowing smoke.