Monday November 27th kicked off the official start to the 2018 elections with the first day of petition filing. We filed double the required number of signatures, and will be #1 on the ballot.
I am excited to run on my strong record, and hope that the warm welcome I received at the doors carries through for the entire campaign. Our community is being taxed to death, and Kane County has stood apart as a beacon of fiscal responsibility. Don't let others distort our strong record. We continue to do more with only a fraction of taxes collected by neighboring counties, while reducing our bond obligations by over 2/3rds since I took office.
The 2018 General Election will offer our voters a clear choice in the direction they wish to see Kane County take.
Thank you to Tom Hartwell, and Congratulations to Ken Shepro
After serving as Kane County Republican Chairman for two terms, Tom Hartwell resigned last Friday in order to become a candidate for Judge in the 16th Circuit. Statute does not allow a judicial candidate to serve in a partisan position. St. Charles Township Republican Party Chairman Ken Shepro was selected to replace him and serve in the role until the County Republican Convention. Best of luck to both gentlemen in their new roles.
2018 Budget Passed - Financial Crisis Averted
On November 14th the Kane County Board narrowly passed a balanced budget, which will once again NOT raise the tax levy on our residents. The budget included an across the Board cut in all departments and elected offices. I fully understand that these cuts were not easy for the departments, nor were they popular or favored. But adding additional tax burden upon our already high property taxes is neither popular or favored by our residents either.
The FY2018 budget avoids the complete depletion of our reserves with no means to replenish them. The budget allows us to maintain adequate contingency funds to accommodate budget variances throughout the year as well cover the ever present unfunded mandates the good folks in Springfield love to send our way. Had we approved the alternative plan, the Board would have completely drained all contingency funds designed to cover those unexpected pitfalls. It would have been the equivalent of wiping out your savings to pay your December gas bill. What happens when January has a record cold snap?
Remember, we do not inherit this world from our parents. Rather we borrow it from our children.
Below are all County Board Committee meetings of which Kurt is a member:
- 12/06/2017 9:00 AM - Executive
- 12/12/2017 9:00 AM - Forest Preserve
- 12/12/2017 9:45 AM - County Board
- 12/14/2017 9:00 AM - Judicial and Public Safety**
- 12/19/2017 9:00 AM - Transportation
- 12/19/2017 10:15 AM - Land/Cash Subcommittee*
- 12/19/2017 10:30 AM - Development*
- 12/26/2017 4:00 PM - Committee of the Whole
- 12/27/2017 9:00 AM - Finance and Budget
* Committee Chairman
** Committee Vice-Chairman