Why on earth would the Winnebago County Board vote to raise county property taxes? Last year, the county had a record number of tax protests, and even Chairman Christiansen encouraged people to protest if they thought their taxes were too high. Now, one year later—with local tax rates in the area of 8 percent or more (national average is around 2 percent, according to an AARP news article), and local unemployment at an all-time high, they decide they need to raise property taxes again. If they’re wondering why it seemed no one objected, then just remember the “thousands” of objections last year in the form of “tax protest forms.” I think most of our county board members are out of touch with the reality of life in Rockford and the surrounding county. I hope they will come to their senses and repeal the tax hike. Well, that’s my two cents!
From the Sept. 29-Oct. 5, 2010 issue