For the past 10 years, I have served on the Maryville Board of Trustees. I have learned firsthand that it takes a concerted and diligent effort to efficiently run a municipality and be fiscally responsible.
Unfortunately, that hasn't happened in the Collinsville Area Recreation District. Past CARD boards created a debt of $20 million plus -- one of the highest dollar per resident ratios for a park district in Illinois. This is your debt. This is your son's and daughter's debt. This is your grandson's and granddaughter's debt.
Fortunately for me, I live in a portion of Maryville that is not in CARD. Your debt is not my debt. But I do have a responsibility as a trustee to my constituents who are responsible for the debt of CARD to educate them when an occasion arises.
This is such an occasion. On the ballot on April 9 are three referendums that can help restrict the spending by CARD. Voters have the opportunity to make CARD aware that people are watching them and help them restrict their spending.
I encourage everyone who lives in CARD to vote "yes" on these three referendums to lower their spending limits. Three "yes" votes will lower the CARD portion of property tax bills by approximately 10 percent.