To the Editor:
Wake up Illinoisans, you are no longer living in “The Land of Lincoln.” You are living in the “Land of 7,000 Governments,” which is, by far, the most in the nation.
Most Illinois residents know of someone who has fled Illinois. Last year alone, Illinois lost more than 33,000 net people and has moved behind Pennsylvania in population to be come the sixth most populous state. Illinois has had a net population loss four years in a row. Because of this, Illinois is on track to lose two congressional seats. Not a good thing when it comes to representation in Washington.
To support these 7,000 governments, Illinois residents pay the highest combined income tax, property tax and sales tax burden in the nation.
Citizens of Illinois also pay the second-highest property tax in the U.S.
There are more than 3,000 counties in the nation. McHenry County homeowners pay the 29th highest property tax of all counties. The average property tax bill in McHenry County is $6,783. That’s about double the national average.
Minimize your tax bills by minimizing government cost. Support all efforts of government consolidation. Why? Because consolidation saves money, your money.
There will not be any tax relief in Illinois until taxpayers take action at the ballot box to reduce the size and cost of its nation-leading 7,000 units of government.
Vote yes in McHenry Township for road district consolidation. Get the ball rolling for government consolidation.