For the last three years, Kane County has done its part to operate within our means by freezing the tax levy each year. Currently, the state legislature is reviewing a budget proposal from our governor that would essentially cost local government $2.8 million in lost income tax revenue (before you start spending your refund, the state plans to keep it for themselves not returning it to you). Add this to the $2.5 million self-imposed budget shortfall in our Sheriff's corrections budget caused by his termination of the US Marshall program and Kane County could be looking at a $5.3 million budget hole by the end of the year.
Now, let me answer the question before you ask it. NO, I will not entertain a property tax increase. The County has already taken action to cut the Sheriff's budget to reflect the income he willingly forfeited. We have and will continue to budget conservatively and make our funding model work. I promised not to raise taxes in 2012 when I first sought this office, and I will not waiver.
Looking for election results for the upcoming Consolidated Election? I'll be stuck right in the middle of Liberal curmudgeon Jeff Ward and the smiling Conservative Larry Jones from 7:00pm to 10:00pm on WRMN1410's popular political talk show, Left Right & You. We'll be following the races for Elgin City Council, U-46 and ECC School Boards (here's my plug... Jeff Meyer and Donna Redmer would be great together on the Board). And I'll even go out on a limb and call the Gilberts Village Board race for my incredible wife Elissa.