Reject the proposal to eliminate the stable and secure funding source for the Mental Health Board. Vote against it. – Shaw Local

Reject the proposal to eliminate the stable and secure funding source for the Mental Health Board. Vote against it. – Shaw Local

The McHenry County Board is focusing more on convincing taxpayers to approve a new 0.25% sales tax for mental health funding, rather than addressing how these funds will actually benefit local governments and taxpayers. They are only promising to remove the Mental Health Board portion of taxes from the county property tax bill, without actually reducing property taxes.

Despite the fact that mental health issues have a significant impact on public services, the County Board is making it seem as though the current system, which has been in place for 55 years, cannot support future funding. They are trying to convince us that relying on a fluctuating retail sales tax base for such an important issue is the right approach.

The county is facing financial challenges in the state’s attorney’s office, as they are unable to depend on court fees as a funding source. Voting NO on the Mental Health Board tax referendum on the primary ballot is encouraged in order to maintain a stable and secure funding source for the valuable services funded by the MHB.

It is important to note that property taxes are unlikely to decrease with the implementation of the new tax, and taxpayers will end up paying more in sales tax. The county is presented with a $10 million opportunity to allocate funds to needs that should have been planned for. With a recent increase in gasoline sales tax, there is no need for an additional tax burden on taxpayers. It is essential to consider the long-term implications of the new tax and make an informed decision.

Mary T. McCann of Woodstock is urging voters to carefully consider the consequences of approving the new sales tax and the potential impact on taxpayers.

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