Statement of Sharon Brannigan, 07/10/2017

Recently, my social media account was cited by someone for controversial statements I published.My published words on this platform regarding the taxes are for the sole purpose of bringing awareness to the property taxpayers occurring within our township.All of which I have no power to change except by the mere written word.I am happy to see that so many of you have come to this meeting with the same concerns because, after all, we all pay our fair share of property taxes and do not want to see poor management of the same.

In the 8th grade of my public-school education, we were not allowed to pass to high school until passing the Constitution test.As a reminder for all here, the 1st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution states, and I quote: Amendment I Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances. End quote.

Ironically, my statements on a social media page fall under that same Amendment as do our rights for freedom of religion.

With property taxes rising, the income tax increase for the State of Illinois, additional taxes on everything we eat and drink, coupled with the mass exodus of residents from the State of Illinois, it is eventually going to be impossible to fund services to non-citizens no matter what their origin.

To clarify and underscore for those of you who don’t get it, the point of my statements criticizes the federal government’s poor immigration controls including an almost negligible visa tracking system.Again, that criticism falls under the 1st Amendment.

The policies of the school district within the township and teh policies of the township are virtually identical as to requirements to receive services. No one has ever been turned away.

Finally, to be sure that all here understand.I am fully supportive of inviting all hard-working immigrants who contribute their fair share to our society and township.Anything less would be un-American.