A new commenter, Richard Martin, left the following comment under the April 27, 2016, article “Illinois Has Highest Real Estate Taxes.”
I don’t live in McHenry county, but we have the same problem in Dupage county.
We live in Naperville, IL. in Dupage county.
Contrary to a lot of opinions, everyone in Naperville is not rich.
My wife and I are both in our 70’s and retired at age 65 & 66 respectively.
We did receive some inheritance shortly after retirement which allowed us to pay off our mortgage.
We thought we were ‘home free’ since we no longer had a mortgage.
Today, we are borrowing from our insurance policies and robbing our 401-k’s to pay our real estate taxes.
WE have both lived in Illinois all our lives (except for one year) due to a job transfer.
WE are now joining thousands of other people who live in Illinois who have decided to move to a different state.
We recently looked at carpeting to prepare our home to sell.
The manager of the carpeting store told us he has had many other people who are doing the same thing (moving out of state). Why is it that our elected officials do not see (or don’t want to see) what is going on.
The one year we lived out of state was in California (1979).
They had just passed proposition 13, which completely change how real estate taxes were calculated.
Had this not of happened, we would not have moved to California, due to the higher cost of a home.
It’s time for people who are stuck living in Illinois (job, etc:), To rise up,and do something about the ridiculous tax system in Illinois.
I don’t know where we are moving to yet, but at least we will be OUT of Illinois!