My name is Nikki Lucas, and I am voting no on April 9, 2013, against the referendum to build a new high school. In my opinion, it is an extravagance, not a necessity.
I agree the current structures probably needs upgrading of the current heating system. You only need the cooling system a couple months of the year, half of August and September, and a few days in May. The electrical systems probably need upgrading too.
In a perfect world, everyone would be supportive of a new building. But in the real world, this will be a tremendous burden on the property owners in Hall Township for the next 30 years. I know it was stated that we are on a waiting list for a grant, but that is no guarantee that we will ever get a grant. If we did get a grant, that money could be applied to the rehabilitation of the current building. Besides, the state of Illinois is broke.
I am a landlord with tenants. They have been informed that if this passes, their rents are going up.
As a reminder to the senior citizens who are on the “freeze,” their assessed valuation might be frozen, but their tax bill will go up according to the new rate that Hall H.S. District 502 gets. And this tax increase will burden your children and grandchildren for the next 30 years if they own property in Hall Township. Your 10-year-old grandchildren will be 40 years old before this is paid off.
In any event, everyone should exercise their civic right to vote on April 9.