In less than two years, St. Clair Township Highway Commissioner John “Skip” Kernan has increased property taxes by $115,000, has hired a new employee and is planning on hiring a second new employee. Adding two new employees will cost the taxpayers more than $180,000 and would decrease the funds available for major road improvement projects which have to be contracted out.
Increasing property taxes in a down economy is bad enough, but the tax Kernan increased is a tax that does not benefit all township residents. Township residents who live in cities like Swansea, Shiloh, and Fairview Heights pay this tax but the township does not care for their roads. Their cities maintain their roads using city taxes. Kernan could have increased a different property tax that is shared with the cities, but he chose to increase the unfair tax instead.
Please attend the Township Road District budget hearing at 6:15 p.m. Monday at 107 Service St. in Swansea to express your point of view on Kernan’s tax increase and plans to hire a second new employee.
You live in St Clair Township if you live between Green Mount Road on the east and Frank Scott Parkway on the west but do not live in the city limits of Belleville.
Timothy L. Buchanan