The confusion over Home Rule is just beginning

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In my Sept. 28 letter to Viewpoints entitled, "River Foresters need to inform themselves about Home Rule," I stated among other things that home rule communities are not subject to tax cap limits. The editor printed the letter, but added a note which stated that the above statement was incorrect.

May I direct the editor to the River Forest Library website www.riverforestpubliclibrary.org where he will find a publication entitled "Home Rule in Illinois: A Resource Guide for the City of Geneva," dated June 3, 2005. On page 3, paragraph 2, last sentence he will read the following: "... home rule communities are not subject to tax cap limits."

I request that the editor correct his correction.

Al Popowits
River Forest

Editor's note: Local municipal government may be exempt from tax caps, but it's misleading to say "communities" are because the local school districts, which make up the majority of any community's tax bill, are governed by tax caps, which is why they're always going for referendums. Opponents of Home Rule tend to generalize about this point, which is why we included the correction.

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