Several city, township and school board positions are up for election and a few referendums will be voted on. Because there is little to no opposition, sadly not too many people will come out to vote even though they are dissatisfied with local government. Sadly most people don't even know about the referendums.
Three separate referendums ask whether the property tax rates for Collinsville Area Recreation District's general Corporate, Recreation and Museum money should be reduced 25 percent. If approved, it will save about $15 a year for a taxpayer owning a home worth $100,000.
A group of individuals formed CARD Watch -- taxpayers who started looking into the spending of the district and its practices. What they found was almost criminal in a manner of words: overspending on land purchases without appraisals, renting a house to a CARD employee far below market value, attempting to purchase a boiler for the Miners Theater for about $50,000 without formal bids, attempting to purchase 30 acres of swamp land for $480,000, letting three department heads drive unmarked CARD vehicles home and for personal use at taxpayer expense including gas, paying for employees' lunches at local restaurants, paying for employee cell phones, donating $10,000 each year to a group running a museum. The list goes on and on.
We need to vote "yes" to reduce the maximum tax rates as it's clear the frivolous spending needs to stop; it's time for the taxpayers to take control and ensure that it does.