Shrubtown - March 16, 2011

Opinion: Shrubtown

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Marc Stopeck

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if only i knew how much my taxes would be  

Posted: March 16th, 2011 10:08 PM

(cont) and if low income households can't afford to pay the enrichment gap out of pocket, what makes you think they can afford higher property taxes?

if only i knew how much my taxes would be  

Posted: March 16th, 2011 10:06 PM

Libbey: I don't know where you live, but money doesn't grow on my trees. How many people who bought homes in OP ten years ago would still choose to buy here today if they knew how much their property taxes would increase? Cartoon seller should be saying: You can afford this house. Don't worry about property taxes. Don't worry about the increase from the referendum. Don't worry about the increase from the reassessment. Of course, the sellers are moving because they are overtaxed!

Libbey Paul from Oak Park, IL  

Posted: March 16th, 2011 9:58 PM

Well said, Marc! I can understand people who talk about high taxes hurting our economic diversity. However, I believe that losing the arts, athletics and language will disproportionately affect low-income households, who will likely be unable to fill the enrichment gap out of pocket. These are tough times, but strong schools are one of the four pillars in Oak Park - diversity, location, culture and education.

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