To the taxpayers of Hancock County - I'll bet everyone was overjoyed to see the front page of our local paper and the Globe Gazette that the county supervisors refused their raises, saving a whopping total of $1,704. Isn't that a kick in the head?

The supervisors then gave the Compensation Board-recommended 2-percent raises to the elected officials in the courthouse - as if they needed it with the wage they get now.

Due to a doctor appointment, I couldn't attend the county budget hearing, but what we should have seen the supervisors do is this - make all county employees pay at least one-third of their health care premiums. Yes, I said all. That would be a definite help to reduce county spending. With all the people employed by the taxpayers in our county, I imagine that would make more sense than $1,704.

Better yet, let's study the proposed deal of merging Hancock and Winnebago counties, as John Johnson's letter stated in the paper two weeks ago. I would say that's necessary. I'm sure the people that would be laid off due to the merger could find a job like others who are unemployed.

With all the controversy in other states, we all need to wake up to the real problem. Seniors haven't gotten a raise in two years, so why does the rest of the USA?

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