To the Editor:
First, I am a Republican. Second, I enlisted in the military as an E1 and retired as an O5 Office rover 32 years later. I served in Desert Storm and Iraqi Freedom; U.N. withdrawal from Mogadishu; Iraq, assisting the Iraqi Army; and Guantanamo Bay Cuba. Too many years away from family.
To state Sen. Craig Wilcox, I am concerned about your goals while serving in our state Senate.
You are exempt from paying property taxes because of your 100 percent military disability, and you are exempt from paying state income taxes on your federal pension and Veterans Affairs Disability Pension, easily more than six figures.
You recently voted no on Senate Bill 4637, designed to reduce property taxes and give the people the power to abolish townships.
Fortunately, Senate Bill 4637 still passed the state Senate, even with your no vote. Local property taxes are out of control. To be honest, I don’t understand your 100 percent military disability (wheelchair?), but I have served in the military and I do not, thus I have to pay 100 percent of my property taxes.
It’s almost like a second mortgage. McHenry County property tax rate is more than 4 percent on our house value and shows no signs of abatement.
We need help from our elected officials. I am asking for you to re-evaluate your purpose in our state Senate.
Next year, there will be attempts to increase the state income tax. Since your pension is exempt from state income tax, I am concerned that you just don’t have a dog in the fight.
Lake in the Hills