Here is a partial picture of the legal notice as it appeared.
Tutty wonders if the Journal-Standard editors and reporters read the legal ads in their newspaper. The classified section appears to contain more factual news than the front page. So far, as the next picture will attest, this is all our almost daily newspaper has told the public about the plans of HCC.
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Not only does this "news" item (which is probably nothing more than a press release from Highland published verbatim) ignore the fact voters in Northwest Illinois could force a referendum on this issue, it misinforms taxpayers throughout the community college district by stating as fact: "The college will issue the bonds without increasing the district's property tax rate of 48 cents per $100 of equalized assessed property value."
The HCC Board of Trustees cannot, in good faith, guarantee that this bond issue will not cause the tax rate to increase. First, look at the picture below, it is from a recent audit, it lists the tangibles the college can levy taxes for, note that the "Bond and Interest Fund" has no "Statutory Maximum Rate."
Furthermore, the current trustees' terms will not out last the bond. They cannot predict the action a future board or president may take.
Tutty did notice that the leadership of the Stephenson County Tea Party must of noticed the legal ad as they have started collecting signatures and trying to get the word out that voters can force HCC to hold a referendum on the issue. Tutty got wind that they are holding an emergency meeting Thursday night in Lena on the issue.
It's a crying shame the local media and the area's junior college don't seem as interested in letting you know the facts about this issue as Tutty sincerely does. If we don't expect citizens to partake in their own governance, why do we even waste the time to "educate" them?
Media always cries that people don't vote, yet they don't even notice the opportunities voters have to take part in financial decisions that directly affect them. If you want people to be interested in voting, don't shut them out of the decision making process every time the law allows it.
What's wrong with Democracy anyway?
Yours in honesty, Tutty Baker email@example.com