Letter: District 86 Board deserves credit for tax stance

The significance of NOT increasing taxes for Hinsdale High School District 86 this year was especially apparent when I recently received my real estate tax bill in the mail. Looking down the list of the taxing districts, almost every one of them (except District 86) implemented their predictable annual increase. In today’s economic environment, I find that troubling.

The members of the District 86 School Board who voted for the tax freeze have taken quite a bit of heat since that decision was made. I don’t really understand the mentality of the tax-and-spend group, but I do know that they will go to great lengths to attack proponents of fiscal conservatism.

Some in the tax-and-spend crowd belittled the tax freeze as saving individual homeowners only an immaterial amount. But when most of the taxing districts impose an increase, the aggregate amount is meaningful. I was proud to see the District 86 amount almost exactly the same year-over-year.

Of course, there is no guarantee that a tax freeze can happen every year, but I think that taxpayers deserve better than the typical automatic increases from every taxing district. Taxpayers deserve representatives that think carefully about the relationship between taxes and expenditures, and that approve only taxes that are necessary to keep our schools top-notch.

Victor M. Casini

Member

District 86 Board

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