To the Editor:
I am a lifelong resident of Kingston and I have been a homeowner in Kingston Township for the past 13 years.
Larry Myelle held the position of Road Commissioner for all but the last four years. From the years 2004 to 2009, Myelle decreased the tax rate from 36 cents per $100 of equalized assessed value to 32 cents, which is a decrease of 11 percent.
Under the current commissioner, the tax rate has increased from 32 cents to 39 cents in only three years – an increase of 22 percent. Kingston Township has requested yet another increase for 2013; DeKalb County has not finalized the amount the township will receive.
Even if the township was designated a 3 percent increase, this would mean that Sabin will have effectively raised the Kingston Township Road District tax rate by 25 percent in only 4 years.
Larry Myelle is a lifelong resident of Kingston. Myelle not only lowered taxes during his tenure, he also has many more years of experience as a township road commissioner.
Myelle sealcoated approximately 11 miles of roads that were previously gravel. This saved taxpayers significant maintenance costs. Myelle also is able to care for Kingston Township roads as a full-time job.
Myelle has had good working relationships with previous township boards, which has not been the case for the current commissioner. Myelle does what is best for the taxpayers and residents and is not concerned with what will be best for his buddies/relatives.
I implore the residents of Kingston Township to question what has been happening over the past four years by reading public meeting minutes and by talking with current and former township board members. I encourage residents to ask the current commissioner why he wants to build a new township building when taxpayers are already overburdened.
I strongly believe that Larry Myelle is the best person for the position of Kingston Township Road Commissioner and I urge residents to vote for Myelle on April 9.