This letter from McHenry Township Trustee Bob Anderson, published originally in the Northwest Herald, is published here with the permission of its author.
To the Editor:
Township records show that municipal taxpayers (home owners) that reside in McHenry Township are on the hook of paying seventy-eiht ercent of the township road district’s revenues.
Note: Municipal home owners pay property taxes twice for road and street plowing, once to their township and once to their city.
Citizens that reside in unincorporated areas do not pay one dime for plowing city streets of municipal governments.
Misguided, and unfair, township road district property taxes levied on municipal property owners is designed solely to raise revenue to fuel more township spending on roads and services that highly benefit mainly those who live in unincorporated areas.
Example – The ongoing (golden goose) six mile road project in Indiana Ridge Subdivision of unincorporated Wonder Lake.
Cost of project?
Six million dollars.
McHenry County cost?
Indiana Ridge property owners cost?
Not one dime!!!
Furthermore, once we are through paying for this six million dollar McHenry Township Road District project, we will be paying for the high cost of township plowing of the roads.
Indian Ridge property owners?
They are extremely grateful for the goodness of those paying for their new roads, which, by the way, will raise Indian Ridge property values at others expense.
The folly of McHenry Township and McHenry County taxpayers picking up a $6,000,000 tax tab on new rods that they will not use should raise more than eyebrows.
It should make citizens angry, very angry!