Letters to the editor: A $3 million gas tax hike – look out Homer Glen residents!

Yep! That’s our (Homer Glen residents) share, over the next 10 years, of the proposed three cents a gallon gas tax (See The Homer Horizon – Nov. 5 and Nov. 19, 2015, Pages 6 and 13).

Over the next 20 years, it’s $6 million or more and a whopping $9 million or more over the next 30 years. And that’s just 30 percent of the total tax revenues collected!

It appears our transparent administration conveniently forgot to disclose to us Homer Glen taxpayers the big numbers. Guess they thought we would say, “I can’t believe it, where’s all this money going?”

However, if we cut Village government salaries and expenses that this administration is responsible for, we could save the hardworking residents of Homer Glen the $3 million, $6 million and $9 million that will be coming out of our family budgets.

I guess our current administration wants to raise our taxes just like Cook County. In fact, Mr. Sawyers said they (current administration) have the right to add millions of dollars in taxes to our family budgets (See The Homer Horizon – Nov. 5, 2015, Page 6).

What about the rights of local taxpayers? And in the same article, he reminds us that we have lower gas prices than neighboring Cook County cities, so I guess we should be happy paying more for our gas. What?

He must have forgotten or just doesn’t know that most of us moved here for, guess what – LOWER TAXES.

And Mr. Yukich blames the previous board and has all kinds of other nebulous reasons why Homer Glen residents need to pay this new $3, $6 and $9 million tax (See The Homer Horizon – Nov. 19, 2015, Page 13), but wasn’t he on that board as well?

And he goes on to remind us that we do not have a municipal property tax (See The Homer Horizon – Nov. 5, 2015, Page 6).

Isn’t that why the Village government raised our sales tax a few years back, when I believe Mr. Yukich was also a board member?

So, please call the Village Hall ASAP and let them know NO NEW GAS TAX before they rush it through before most of us know what’s going on. Sounds like a good idea, doesn’t it? Yep!

Don Tomala

Homer Glen resident

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