550th Day of Crystal Lake Mayor Aaron Shepley’s 75% City Sales Tax Hike

Because of severe computer problems with my new Hewlett-Packard computer, I missed the 525th day anniversary of Mayor Aaron Shepley’s and his city council’s (sans Jeff Thorsen) 75% hike of the Crystal Lake city sales tax’s having taken effect.

It was July 1st a year and a half ago, that the cost of shopping in Crystal Lake went up.

But, you know how government is.

If there’s not enough money, don’t act like a family or a business.

Just raise taxes.

And that’s what the Crystal Lake City Council did.

The Cook County sales tax hike went into effect the same day and the Chicago Tribune has been kind enough to keep reminding its readers of that fact.

The same time that paper has been running a campaign to eliminate the Cook County sales tax hike.

And, the Tribune has a half-off stamp on its editorial page reminder. It has had some success in rolling back the tax.

Not so, the paper of record in McHenry County. Apparently a 75% sales tax hike in Crystal Lake, where the Northwest Herald is located, is A-OK.

It’s so OK, in fact, that the NW Herald never ran a story about the tax’s going up that July 1st.

Oh, well. That’s why it’s good to have more than one source of news.

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