Taxation without a purpose

April 3, 2014 

If you live in Swansea, Fairview Heights or Shiloh and also live in St. Clair Township, you are paying an unjust property tax that is set to automatically increase by an estimated $130,000 this year.

This township tax is called the permanent road tax. It is unjust because none of the tax is used to care for the roads in your neighborhood. Your city maintains your roads, not the township.

Township Highway Commissioner Skip Kernan has the power to cut or eliminate this tax with the stroke of his pen. He can do this by a process called tax abatement.

Kernan needs to abate this tax to be fair to the township residents who live in Swansea, Fairview Heights and Shiloh.

Steven Duff

Swansea

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