While campaigning, the most common issue I discuss with Kane County residents is taxes. I’m asked, “If elected – would I raise taxes?” I appreciate and understand the concern Kane County residents have regarding their taxes. I understand the county budget is a main issue county board members discuss and vote on.
Low taxes are an important value for Kane County - just as quality of life and quality of services are for its residents. Both are important values for Kane County Board members to consider. They are equal parts of the same discussion.
Along with asking how we can keep taxes low, county board members must also consider how we provide quality services through public safety, infrastructure support and planning, maintenance of our common green spaces and waterways and public health. Predetermining the budget part of the equation, without having debate and discussion about the service portion of the equation, is not having the full conversation. Residents deserve more – much more.
However, this does not automatically equate to raising taxes. If we need more income to meet residents’ needs and services, we need to actively pursue economic development and support from our state legislators and use grants. I’m willing and eager to have these conversations and to hear from you about what you value from your county government.