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home : opinions :   May 26, 2016

3/15/2013 1:33:00 PM
Letters to the editor: New building for Hall would create burden for taxpayers

My name is Nikki Lucas and I am voting, “no” on April 9 against the referendum to build a new high school. In my opinion, it is an extravagance, not a necessity.
I agree the current structures probably need upgrading of the current heating system. You only need the cooling system a couple months of the year, half of August and September and a few days in May. The electrical systems probably need upgrading too. In a perfect world, everyone would be supportive of a new building. But in the real world, this will be a tremendous burden on the property owners in Hall Township for the next 30 years. I know it was stated we are on a waiting list for a grant, but that is no guarantee that we will ever get a grant. Besides, the state of Illinois is broke.
I am a landlord with tenants. They have been informed that if this passes, their rents are going up. As a reminder to the senior citizens who are on the “freeze,” their assessed valuation might be frozen, but their tax bill will go up according to the new rate that Hall H.S. District 502 gets. And this tax increase will burden your children and grandchildren for the next 30 years if they own property in Hall Township.
In any event, everyone should exercise their civic right to vote April 9.
Nikki Lucas
Spring Valley

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