New $50 Million + building for College of Lake County, New $100 Million + Court House expansion, New $16 Million + Library… These are all wonderful luxuries… when we are not broke. From 2015 to 2016 Lake County lost 5,179 people to out migration and we are the highest taxed County in the state. I’m certain none of the people leaving mentioned Court House, Library or College expansion on their Exit Interview.
Aging, failing and inadequate infrastructure is not merely an inconvenience and safety hazard to Lake County residents, it is one of the biggest obstacles keeping new development and business away. Unless we can widen our main, notorious thoroughfares, get rid of the “stranglers”, bypass known, troubled railroad crossings, extend Route 53, we in Northern Lake County will remain stagnant to growth. That growth goes hand in hand with reducing our property tax burden.