Friday, August 26, 2011

Ward Room: Why Unelected Bodies Shouldn't Raise Taxes

Well this post talks about not only the Board of Education, but also the Illinois tollways. Although I have no idea how many who reads this blog rides the tollways. The Board however affects most of us directly:
This week, the Chicago Board of Education and the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority both got into our wallets. The Board of Ed raised property taxes 2.4 percent, and the Tollway Authority raised fares to as high as $1.90.

Reader, I’m sure you had the same reaction that I did: let’s throw those bums out. The only problem with that is that we can’t throw the bums out. The best we can do is throw out the bums who put in the bums.

That’s because the Board of Ed and the Tollway Authority are both unelected bodies. One is appointed by the mayor of Chicago, the other by the governor. Let me make a proposal to the General Assembly: it should henceforth be illegal for unelected bodies to raise taxes or fees.

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