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Letters to the Editor

Problem behind property tax is state’s lack of funding

To the Editor:

Eric Olson’s Saturday column on high property taxes ("No more ," page 2,) conveniently ignores why our property taxes are so high: The failure of the state of Illinois to fund education has pushed that cost on to local taxpayers.

Illinois ranks 50th among the states in its support for education, and No. 1 in its reliance on local property taxes to fund public schools. With property taxes, sales taxes, license and excise fees and a flat-rate income tax, we also put the greatest tax burden on working class voters.

The lowest 20% of wage earners in Illinois pay twice the percentage of their income in taxes as the top 1%. We can move in a direction like Gov. JB Pritzker’s Fair Tax proposal to raise the revenue to get out of this mess or accept the status quo.

Tax the rich or watch our property taxes rise. 

Dave Rathke

DeKalb

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