Letters to the Editor

Letter: Feeling bad for Prairie Grove

To the Editor:

I feel bad for the taxpayers of Prairie Grove School District 46 because their board president is so divorced from reality.

The May 31 guest column by board President Joe Ricciardi, in which he goes after McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks for wanting school boards to decrease their levies before we’re all taxed out of our homes, was tone deaf to the plight of overtaxed homeowners.

However, the part of Ricciardi’s column that leaped out at me was that the district would be forced to “deplete reserves within six years” under a proposed 10 percent cut. I don’t have that kind of reserve in my bank account, and nobody I know does, either. Is D-46’s rainy day fund kept at a local bank or Fort Knox?

Joe, if you need help finding places to cut, I think you stumbled across one with that reserve. I have no doubt that Franks and the county can help you find more.

On the bright side, Ricciardi’s guest column might in itself provide some cost savings: it heaped enough baloney on us to cover a year’s worth of school lunches.

Al Bielsky

McHenry

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