To the Editor:
They are at it again. "Home Rule". Some years ago the City of Yorkville in all their wisdom purchased the old county jail for $160,000, then what? They let it fall into disrepair, where it now requires a structural engineer to figure out costs to save it. What does an average homeowner do? They maintain their property. Duh!
The city then bought the Old Second Bank at the corner of Rt. 47 and Van Emmon Street for big bucks for the purpose of relocating the police station. Excellent idea, the present police station is really cramped and needs more space. So why has the city not done anything with this purchase? Could it be monies required to rehab the facility are exorbitant? Another screwed up mess.
Then we had the $175,000 debacle that taxpayers had to lay out for that screw up. So my question is, are these the kind of people who should be telling us we need home rule? They just want more control over our lives and money. One alderman even said, "I'd rather pay back debt over 40 years as opposed to 20 years." Hoorah! Dump debt on the next generation.
Kendall County is one of the highest taxed counties in the country. My question is, is this the kind of irresponsible local government you want to trust with more power to tax and spend? My answer is no.
Michael T. Svanovick