We recently decided that moving back home to Illinois may not be the best course of action for my wife and I in our golden years. We are both from Decatur. As we approach retirement age we were deciding where would be the best place to settle. After 22 years in the Army and several moves with my current employer we are both ready to settle down and relax. At first glance Decatur looked like a nice place to retire because the cost of living is inexpensive. However, after conducting a little research I quickly determined Decatur is not the place anyone should spend their retirement years. After looking at the cities website, I saw that Decatur spends 67 percent of the cities total budget on public safety. In cities like Chicago and Oakland they spend in the 30 percentile range. Houston also spends about 32 percent. Couple that with the second highest property tax in the country, and a self-appointed sheriff, I can see why there is a mass exodus from the state. As much as I have dreamed of fishing in Shelbyville and Findlay, it looks like I wouldn’t be doing it any time soon. Good-bye Decatur and good-bye Illinois! 

Michael Carney, Woodbridge, Va.

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