Facing Kane County residents in the March 18, 2014 primary elections is a referendum sponsored by Show You Care Kane. It would add a .1% tax (and a new taxing body) to the assessed equalized value (EAV) of property in Batavia (and the rest of Kane County), to fund additional benefits for the disabled. That would mean about $55 more in taxes per year on a $182,000 home.
Voters should consider carefully this referendum, because once a new tax is put in place, it doesn’t go away. While you may believe that disabled adults could use more help than what our state taxes, federal taxes (Social Security Disability, Medicaid, and SSI), and private donations already provide, this referendum asks taxpayers to write a blank check for a newly appointed board to use as it would see fit. There are no proposed budgets or specific needs presented. Some may trust that this new government entity would use our money wisely. But for others, as Ronald Reagan cleverly put it, “The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the government and I’m here to help …”
Please read the information presented by the opposing groups critically to make an informed voting decision. Particularly, work to separate fact from fiction (exaggeration) designed to tug at the heartstrings.