Grayslake Village Board Nominees Aim for Property Taxes
GRAYSLAKE, IL – Three incumbents and one newcomer are vying for three vacant seats on the Village of Grayslake Board of Directors this spring.
Shores, who was first elected to the village board in 2016, and Magnetta, who joined last year, agree on one thing: the main problem Grayslake faces is the financial burden. property taxes.
“By attracting businesses to come to Grayslake, we provide opportunities to generate income for our tax districts that is not from residents who pay property tax. Economic growth will also create demand for existing homes and help drive up property values, ”she wrote in her candidate profile on Patch.com.
Shores, vice chairman of state government and political relations for the American Property Casualty Insurance Association, which has served on the board since 2016, said the high property taxes for residents of Grayslake were mainly due to stocks government and other tax bodies. But the village council focused on alleviating this burden and expressed the need to freeze the tax levy.
Shores, who sits on the Economic Development Commission, says fiscal responsibility is also a key priority. Grayslake is one of only two debt-free municipalities in Illinois and he wants the village to continue to maintain a balanced budget.
“Fiscal responsibility isn’t just about managing the dollars and cents. It’s about empowering us to make our city the place people know and love,” Shores wrote in her campaign profile.
He highlighted smart investments, such as adding the city’s green space through the new Gelatin Park; expanding quality of life opportunities, including Grayslake’s bike sharing program; attract new businesses to offset residential property taxes; and adding to the vibrancy of our downtown area with new restaurants that serve as gathering places for residents and attractions for visitors to our city.
“All of these things that work in tandem contribute to our success and our strength as a community,” he said.
The key agenda items for Shores, if elected, would be to focus on expanding Central Chain development south of downtown.
“Developing this area in a smart and environmentally conscious way will contribute to our overall growth through job creation and non-residential property tax revenues,” he said.
Vogel, who is looking for his fifth term on the village board, is Engineering Manager for Hydraulic Cartridge Systems – Parker Hannifin Corp. Family. Grayslake’s long-term success is most important to him. He advocates financial responsibility, low operating costs, additional economic development and community investment to achieve this.
“When I was elected to the Board of Directors in 2005, I quickly realized that the strong foundations that I had inherited from the members of the Board before me must be preserved and improved for these members of the Board of Directors. succeed, ”he said.
Vogel also touts his experience with the Central Lake County Joint Action Water Agency, which is the agency that brings water from Lake Michigan to Grayslake and other communities.
“The agency recently expanded, adding new members, which has the effect of reducing water prices for residents of Grayslake,” he said. “I have already sat on several transport committees. I also served on the Grayslake Heritage Center committee, which provided a strategic vision for the expansion of services to the museum.
Vogels says he would like to see Grayslake build on its sustainability initiatives through its solar energy efforts and green space expansion.
Dias, the only newcomer to this election, is a teacher, owner of Faver Dias Group LLC, and mother of two young children. She said she could offer a new voice and perspective that would match those of many young families in Grayslake.
She sees the recruitment of companies in the booming green technology sector as a key element of the city’s future success.
“I will work to take advantage of our beautiful natural environment, as our neighbors in Lake County are doing to create an ecotourism industry,” she wrote in her candidate profile. “Let’s use our network of cycle paths and the lovely downtown area to connect with other communities and strengthen our ecotourism sector. This will generate external revenue which can help reduce the burden on Grayslake taxpayers.
She said the city deserves a more transparent and engaged village council, especially during a pandemic.
“I believe the village should act as a leader in disseminating important information in times of crisis like the pandemic. If elected, I will actively and regularly communicate important information to residents, like how to get an appointment for a vaccine or the details of our small businesses can get PPP loans, ”she said.
She also pleads for a financially responsible environmental policy and wants to see solar panels on buildings belonging to the village.
“This will reduce operational expenses and reduce our carbon footprint. The village mows and maintains 514 acres of grass, I suggest we switch to some native plants. This will reduce our mowing and maintenance costs, and improve our uptake of grass. rainwater, ”she said. .
The candidates also stressed the importance of continuing to support the businesses and residents of Grayslake hardest hit by the pandemic. Shores said the village made smart decisions, including adding the Grayslake’s Restaurant Incentive Grant program. The sales tax reduction, which was granted to local restaurants, resulted in cash payments of $ 180,000 to eligible restaurants.
That’s about 30% of their 2019 sales taxes to the village, which these businesses could in turn use for mortgage or rent payments, payroll or operating supplies, Shores said.
“In addition, we have also postponed the payment of alcohol license fees and local business license renewals,” he said. “For our hardest hit residents, we’ve waived late fees and closure notices for overdue water bills to help those who are grappling with the impact of the pandemic.
Magnetta, who served in the Navy for 11 years, said having the Lake County Fairgrounds in Grayslake as a site for mass vaccination has been “wonderful,” but she would like to see vaccines available around the clock. She said that once the supply is readily available, a rotation of staff throughout the day could make it happen.
“I feel safe assuming that people who want the vaccine will schedule an appointment if possible,” she said.
Polling stations open at 6 a.m. on polling day on Tuesday and end at 7 p.m. Early voting continues until Monday.
The Lake County Clerk’s Office has more information on the rules regarding postal ballots, early polling places and hours of operation; and information about who will appear on your ballot and the location of your polling station.
Here are the full Patch.com candidate profiles for those running for the Grayslake Village Board of Directors: