Cary Voter Guide

Friends and Neighbors,

It is the last election, the 2013 general, and there are so many issues and people running for office.  These are the people I will be voting for – I hope you will as well.  For our township government, everyone is unopposed.  I will be voting for all of the candidates from supervisor to trustee.

Cary MayorFor me, personally, I am endorsing Bruce Kaplan for mayor of Cary.  He is someone we elected in 2011 to be one of our village trustees and he has done an exemplary job.  He is a businessman with integrity who will bring a business mindset to the office of mayor.  Bruce is a fiscally responsible individual, a friend, and neighbor of Cary for over 38 years and understands the issues that affect the village.

MCC BoardWe have three excellent candidates for McHenry County College Board: Erik Sivertsen, Tom Wilbeck, and Chris Jenner.  I like these candidates because they are all OPPOSED TO MCC ISSUING BONDS WITHOUT VOTER APPROVAL! You see, the current board wants to raise your taxes without you even having a say.  I feel this is wrong… especially for an estimated $45 million dollar expenditure.  This would raise your property taxes enormously.  Erik, Tom, and Chris will work together as a team to improve the educational experience at MCC while maintaining the bottom line.

377 Sample BallotThere is a proposition on the ballot that I simply cannot support.  The proposition would create yet another taxing body in our county.  The body will begin taxing your home at $31 per for every $100,000 on the value of your home.  In this economy, we simply cannot afford this.  Many people asked me how to lower their taxes – vote.  Voting no on this proposition does not make you a bad person.  We all want to help those who need it.  We have record foreclosures (34 in Cary in the month of February) occurring right now.  Voting for this proposition will not only bury these families further into indebtedness, but will cause more economic hardship for those who are struggling to get by.  I will respectfully “VOTE NO” to this proposition.

In closing, I want to thank you for taking the time to read my letter.  I have picked candidates and sided on issues that fight to keep governmental spending to a minimum while we work through this economy.  There are other important issues in Cary that need attention.  I hope you search the web and validate not only what I have presented, but also find information on those other important races.

Early voting starts on March 26th and I encourage you all to early vote at the Algonquin Township Hall on Route 14.  Make sure you bring a friend as well!

Be Blessed

Andrew Signature

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Bruce Kaplan will make a Great Mayor in Cary

KaplanBruce Kaplan will make an excellent mayor in Cary Illinois.  Bruce has lived in Cary for over 30 years.  He is a businessman who understand what it means to have a relationship between the business community and the government.  Isn’t this exactly what we want in our local elected officials?  Here are some of the reasons I am supporting Bruce:

  • Bruce is not a career politician.  He will serve as mayor for one term and will not run again
  • Bruce brings businesses into Cary and the community – he has done so for over 30 years
  • He has proven himself as a responsible member of the board of trustees for Cary

Through his votes as a trustee in Cary we can count on Bruce to continue to strive for a better local government that communicates effectively while trying to shrink its footprint.  The same cannot be said for his opponent.

A review of the record shows Bruce voted to open free parking on Saturdays at the train station.  His opponent voted to establish parking fees on Saturday.

A review of the record shows Bruce is committed to limiting the power of the local government.  His opponent voted to expand the list of improvements that require permits… and then raise the fees on existing permits.

Cary Mayor

The strongest reason I support Bruce is his stance on individual liberty and our own personal property rights.    All over neighborhoods around Illinois, local municipalities are slowly taking away more and more of your rights as a home owner.  Bruce is fierce when it comes to your rights as a home owner and we can count on him in the future to ensure we retain these rights.

We all need to do our own due diligence on the candidates we plan to support in the upcoming election on April 9th.  I encourage all of you to visit Bruce Kaplan’s website and read what he has to say.  And then I hope you verify it all and show up to vote.

All of us have busy lives and we all have so much to do.  However, it is our civic duty to participate in this thing we call a representative republic.  I hope you will join me in voting April 9th.

The “Language” of 377

Here is an open question of fairness: was it fair last year for property values to go down and yet, our property taxes went up?

Another question:  are we really helping the poor by raising the property tax on their home?

I submit that the answer to both questions is no. It is neither fair nor does 377 help the poor who are struggling right now just to make ends meet.  Take a look at this article from the Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Patch.

Here is a graphic that explains just how bad it really is in McHenry county:

How fair would adding additional property tax to these families?

How fair would adding additional property tax to these families?

These are just current foreclosures mind you.  These do not include the homes that are “distressed” or otherwise behind.  Is it fair that good, hard working people cannot find meaningful work?  I don’t.  This tax would make these numbers increase.  And here is the important point that so many people fail to see.

STOP 377As people lose their homes we lose their taxes.  We lose their revenue.  I would submit the the City of McHenry is not happy about missing the property taxes of 101 homes.  How do we make up for that shortfall in the budget?  Do we raise taxes even more to make up for the 101 who didn’t pay?  If we raise taxes does it increase the foreclosure rate?  What happens to those homes that are in “distress”?

You end up paying more on your property taxes – but even worse – the poor end up paying more and that is not fair.  This tax hurts the poor the most.

Many people came up to me in January and February complaining about their property taxes.  I simply said it was your local government that is causing this and you need to get involved.  It just isn’t your village or township, but all the taxing bodies that the state of Illinois has…

… but that is for another 377 article.

No on 377 Board

STOP 377I have thought long and hard about the referendum to establish yet another taxing body in McHenry County and Illinois.  Frankly, its tough in knowing that what the people are proposing with the 377 board have good intentions.  We all do.  We all want to help the poor, sick, and disadvantaged.  Left or Right, Republican or Democrat, we are human and all of us want to do the right thing.

However, the politics of good intentions versus the reality of what actually happens are two very different things.   The intentions of the proposed 377 Board are good, the actions would devastate families in and around McHenry County.

Our economy is not strong right now.  In fact – people are moving out of Illinois.  We rank 41 out of 50 in business friendly states.  It is getting harder and harder to open a business (ie create jobs).  McHenry County experienced growth of .1 percent.  Every town, village, and township is claiming to have to “tighten the belt” to try to get by.  Yet, our taxes go up every year.

In Fox River Grove we had our property values decrease and our taxes went up.  Our water bill rate was raised last year – twice.  As of this writing there are 24 foreclosures happening right now to our family, friends, and neighbors in Fox River Grove.  If there are this many foreclosures, how can we afford yet another tax?  These are good people in hard economic times.

I plan to write about this more as we get closer to the election.  Good people can disagree on this.  I refuse to make this personal or otherwise practice in the politics of personal destruction   This taxing board is not economical.

Here are some links for you to digest as you make an informed decision on the 377 Board:

Northwest Herald says 377 Board will raise your taxes $60 on a $200,000 home.
McHenry County Budget Summary for Fiscal Year 2012.

David McSweeney Holding The Line in Springfield

State Representative David McSweeney

David McSweeney continues to represent all of us in the 52nd District very well.  David recently introduced legislation that not only had bi-partisan support, but actually made it out of committee.  This is truly incredible considering how Springfield works.  I would like to share his op ed with you all and let you judge for yourselves.

This is something both Republicans and Democrats can agree with.  I often talk about articulating conservatism and David is doing just that.  It is not controversial.  It isn’t even illogical.  It just takes work and patience.

Mr. McSweeney is doing both.

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The New Faces of Conservatism

Senator Rand Paul

Yesterday, March 6th, 2013, may be a day that will be known forever as a watershed moment.  Yesterday the junior senator from Kentucky, Rand Paul, took to the senate floor and filibustered the nomination of the future CIA director because of what he perceived as problems with using drones against American citizens on American soil.

No doubt many of the old fogies running around the senate waited patiently for the train wreck.  Gawking.  Goading.  Uncontrollable Smirks.  Old GOP stalwarts like McConnell, McCain, and Graham were content to just sit back and wait… but something wonderful, brilliant, magnificent happened.  I had appointments.  I had meetings.  However, watching Rand Paul was must see TV – even if it was CSpan2.

Conservatism was on display for all to see.

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