The Backyard Conservative has a wicked post which is "must" reading on the results of the Trustees Meeting, which you can read by clicking here.
I wrote the other day
how undertaxed readers can relax, as the village board is planning to correct your situation. Tomorrow night, Tuesday September 26, 2006, the Wilmette Trustees will be discussing new ways to remove cash from your wallet, and you might want to be there. The Backyard Conservative has a wonderful post about those taxes, along with the agenda for tomorrow's meeting, and you should click here
to read it.
Having recently paid my water bill, I noticed that it was not the water that cost so much--that was about 25% of the bill. About half the bill was sewer charges and 25% refuse charges. Well, I'm not 100% sure that's precise, but it's close enough. The point, of course, is that sewer charge and that refuse charge represent huge hidden taxes.
The Village used to include refuse and infrastructure charges in the property tax, and that amount could be deducted on schedule A for itemized income-tax filers. Now with those taxes recharacterized as fees, it's all very simple. You simply have to earn more to pay your bills! It some quarters they call that creative financing; in others in others, they call it dishonest. While I'll let you decide how to look at the situation; at best you might call it unpleasant. Besides, if you are watering your lawn and all the water goes into the lawn, how is the sewer involved in the first place?
I won't even mention that trash pickup used to be twice-a-week when the cost was included on the property tax bill. But, please Trustees, skip that verbiage about how you're keeping property taxes under control, would you?
Like that graphic up-top? Or maybe you noticed those are euros not
dollar bills. Sharp eyes, you! Nevertheless, over here we call that making do with what we have on hand, something with which thrifty readers can indentify. We recommend that strategy to the Village Board.