If the Crystal Lake City Council members had raised property taxes at the rate of inflation, they would have taken $27 million LESS.
If they hadn’t imposed the 75% Home Rule Sales Tax hike, shoppers would have saved an additional $37.5 million.
That’s $64.5 million in extra taxes in ten years.
Crystal Lake used to have a sign over the park next to the railroad station. It read,
Crystal Lake – A Good Place to Live
And we haven’t yet followed up on the staggering increase in Crystal Lake sewer and water rates.
That’s probably because the engineer that brought it to my attention has moved out of town and doesn’t remind me I haven’t done the story yet.