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TALKING POINTS: It's tax time

La Salle County property owners should have their tax bills by now.

While the amount due this year appears to be a tad higher than last year, it’s doubtful there’ll be a mass exodus from the area. No doubt there’s some “moanin’ and groanin.’”

The amount individuals pay depends on the value of their property, who taxes them and at what rate.

La Salle County taxpayers probably get a pretty good bang for their buck, although there are some legitimate arguments for consolidation or elimination of some of the entities that get a portion of your hard earned tax dollars every year.

School districts get about 63 percent of the county’s property tax dollars and that’s certainly a good investment in the future, although a little consolidation here and there might be a good thing too.

Pay your fair share with a smile and lots of pride. It’s due in two installments: July 6 and Sept. 6.


Congratulations to the gentlemen and gentle ladies of the Illinois General Assembly, Gov. Bruce Rauner and all who contributed to a real $38.5 billion state budget this spring.

State senators and representatives will no doubt be out and about their districts this campaign year handing out goodies here and there, or sponsoring free seminars on this or that.

Of course not everyone’s completely happy. A lot of us just got our local property tax bills on top of the “enormous” burden of state and federal taxes.

Geez, give us a break.


Yes it’s summer time and the “livin’ is easy,” but a few folks apparently take it too easy.

There appears to be a few lawns in local neighborhoods in our communities due for a little tender love and care, like mowing and weed trimming.

While there might be legitimate reasons for unkempt yards, it does appear that some folks who fail to clear their walks in the winter are the same people with overgrown yards.

Just sayin’.


Congratulations are in order for a couple of Starved Rock Country prep baseball teams this spring.

As you already know, the Spring Valley Hall Devils are state champs in Class 2A and Ottawa’s Marquette Academy Crusaders finished fourth in 1A.

While the high school baseball finals don’t get the hoopla and TV coverage that football and basketball do, they certainly should.

Thanks, guys. Enjoy your summer.

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