Speak Out: Puzzled about property tax drop
June 1, 2012 3:18PM
Updated: July 6, 2012 10:33AM
Property tax puzzler: I for one am slightly confused about the editor’s note on property taxes. It said the property tax bill of a person in Dundee decreased by 6.6 percent, and later it said that occurred despite a total tax rate increasing by 7 percent. I must be missing something. Could you please explain?
Editor’s note: That person’s decrease in tax bill occurred because of a drop in property value. So even though the tax rate went up, the property value went down so much that the overall tax bill dropped.
Taliban talks: Now that we have spent millions fighting an ugly, draining war, the NATO chief said that talks with the Taliban are possible. We should talk more, throw more money down on the table, and listen to more lies? My heart goes out to the soldiers who have died or lost limbs or eyesight. They will now hear all of the lies being thrown around and believed.
Know when to mow: I have also called the Elgin code department and only got their voice mail. I was told that their agents were busy out on the street. However, I handed in information on five unkempt properties with tall grass that I saw within five minutes of driving around on the west side.
Poorly kept properties: This Speak Out is about the property at Kimball and Grove. There have been a couple of Speak Outs about it. One of them was mine. If the city owns it, why don’t they do something about it? Another property is the old roadster shop. That’s not real pretty either. It should come down. That corner looks awful. I hope you get more calls about it. I’d like to know if the city really owns it.
Problems in Pakistan: In one more spineless example of Washington, the U.S. Senate voted to withhold $1 million to Pakistan because they locked up the doctor who helped us to get Osama bin Laden. We gave the guy $2 billion a year, and now we’re holding back $1 million. Give me a break. Where are the brains in Washington?