To the Editor:
The real issue on the ballot April 7 is taxes—not water rates.
The city of O’Fallon is the fastest growing city in the region because it is such a great place to live, with great schools, great parks and access to everything. It’s so great that both hospitals want to build new hospitals here.
But that means our city needs to keep up with infrastructure improvements like expanding Green Mount Road and repaving the presidential streets and downtown revitalization to handle the increased traffic and keep our community safe.
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In order to do that, it needs to raise millions to pay for the improvements. It was revealed at the public hearings that we have four ways to pay for it:
• Raise property taxes by $395 a year or more;
• Raise the city’s portion of the sales tax by 25 percent;
• Borrow funds by selling bonds and putting our city in debt; or
• Lease the management of the water and sewer system, which could raise a minimum of $50 million that could be used to pay for the improvements.
Don’t be fooled into thinking that the referendum is about anything other than raising taxes. If we do not vote YES to explore a lease agreement, we are telling the city council we are okay with raising taxes.
Everyone who doesn’t want to see their taxes go up should vote YES April 7.