I grew up in the Freeport area, left many years ago, but then was back from 2002 - 2006. What still shocks me is the property taxes. While back in Freeport in 2002-2006, our annual property taxes were 3.3% of our assessed value ($5K on a $150K home) My wife and have owned two other homes since then, with the percentages being roughly 2% ($7K on $341K home - Madison, WI) and currently 1.3% ($3K on a $215K home - Gainesville, FL). In my opinion, the Freeport property tax situation is simply a microcosm for the entire state, which continues to sink financially. The hardworking and decent folks of Freeport, and many small towns like it, will continue to be at the behest of the liberal Chicago political machine. Sorry for adding the political opinion, just stating facts.