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Chris Lauzen: Glad to See Burns Has Found Fiscal Religion

Letter to the Editor: GOP Kane County Board chair candidate Chris Lauzen responds to opponent Kevin Burns' letter.

To the Editor:

In the spirit of my campaign’s Code of Conduct, I am responding to this press release only because I have been asked direct questions by the press. Basically, three points are addressed in : 

1. Board Member Jim Mitchell is proposing an increase in revenue and spending on county operations ...

This is not true. Most elected officeholders who are familiar with budget processes already know that (a) the operations portion is only one part of a total budget; (b) the committee proposal is merely a preliminary step in the process; (c) it represents the thought of the entire committee and not one individual opinion’s; and most importantly, (d) despite an approximate $480,000 increased expense for the 2012 election cycle and significantly higher expense for health insurance, this year looks like the first year in many that the county will not be asking property taxpayers for more taxes.

2.  Driving a wedge between me and Jim Mitchell ...

Won’t happen. I have the deepest respect for Jim Mitchell who has earned a well-deserved reputation for independent thought, looking out for taxpayer interests, and for simply being frugal.

3.  Statement that (Burns) “would have called for a zero-growth budget” ...

I rejoice that my opponent has found “fiscal religion” because that just hasn’t been his clear record for 11 years as mayor of Geneva.

No hypothetical commitment is needed from my opponent about what “he would have called for”; according to Page 13 of the Geneva City Budget, his proposed 2012 budget totals are a 7.4 percent annual increase over 2011.

While my opponent makes allegations, our campaign will continue to focus on our positive message of freezing the county property tax levy, treating every person (not just insiders) with respect, and delivering honest, competent administration of county services through innovation and austerity.

Chris Lauzen
State senator and Republican candidate for Kane County Board

Chris October 27, 2011 at 11:53 PM
Treating every person with with respect? Mr. Lauzen must be refering to those people who agree with him 100% on everything. I have seen how Mr. Lauzen treats people who disagree with him and it is far from respectful. Unless, "respect" means giving the cold shoulder, starting rumors about those folks and politcal retribution. If that is the case, then I believe him. If not, then he is being dishonest with himself and the voters of Kane County. We deserve better.
Karen Phillips October 28, 2011 at 02:24 AM
Hi "Chris"?? don't know your last name, Lauzen respects that our taxes are too high and he wants to do something about it. He is a highly educated finance expert. I am not sure at this stage of the game that I am too concerned if he wins the most popular title. He says no alot in Springfield and that certainly does not make him popular. We don't agree on everything. But he voted no to utility increases as promoted by the lobbyists for Commonweath Edison. Said no to red light cameras, having concerns for some of the methods used for violations. This was just this week. Yep, he is unpopular alright. Now establishment backers like "Chris" are saying he is not nice. No kidding. Freezing the tax levy? Saying no to additonal spending and duplication of services? Stuff like that can get the establishment downright ornery!!
Howard Anderson October 28, 2011 at 04:00 AM
I am wondering if there is anywhere on the Patch that either candidate has asked, what concerns do the county residents have any how might he resolve them?
Jim MacRunnels October 28, 2011 at 11:32 AM
Howard, that is a good question. I know that all I hear from folks is property taxes are to high and the need for "REAL" jobs. We need to look at the taxes and fees on business that push jobsd out of the county.
AmberST October 28, 2011 at 01:44 PM
I think what we need most right now is honest leadership. I'm so tired of the political backstabbing, name calling, and pay-to-play politics we've seen in the past. That's such a turn-off to many voters. Lauzen's response is clear, to the point and with detail, unlike the vaguely stated accusations from Burns. I think the score is Lauzen +1, Burns 0 on this one.
Jim MacRunnels October 28, 2011 at 07:59 PM
7.4% increase along with the rate increase for electric and water service in Geneva, not looking to good to run on your record. And with the team of Brady and Paige that also brings some baggage.
Ed Nendick October 29, 2011 at 02:35 PM
Senator Lausen How do you feel about the outgoing elected officials trying to buy a $12,900,000.00 computer program that you will inherit and have to make work? The alternatives are a lot less; 1. Go to Du Page County and ask them for their program-It works a whole lot better than the one in Kane county; 2. Buy the upgrades to the Janos system that solve the problems that the Chief Justice and the District Attorney and the Clerk of the Circuit Court have. Either solution would save the tax payers millions of dollars. The first would bring cooperation between County's and some computer programers jobs . Ed Nendick A Veteran working to bring jobs back to America,to IL,To Kane County
Sandy Kaczmarski October 30, 2011 at 12:18 PM
That is a good question, Ed. Particularly since Senator Lauzen, at least as of 4 or 5 years ago, didn't have a computer in his office. His staff went through emails, printed them out (lots of paper every day) and he did not have a clue on how software worked. I worked for him (briefly, I might add) in his district office.
Karen Phillips October 30, 2011 at 03:15 PM
Sandy, I think that times have changed regarding your statement. I often wonder about county executives that have multiple tax supported writers or a county contractor supported campaign PR team write every document they send. I have heard a well known official state that they don't know how to write very well so they direct virtually all writing to taxpayer supported staff. Maybe as part of the interview process a candidate should have to write an essay, complete an Grade Level 9 math test and show some form of competence in areas needed to work effectively today. Are these both not qualities needed to be proficient when communicating with others and commenting on budgetary and financial data? To be fair, each candidate a voter may encounter may have stronger or weaker proficiency in any given area. What may be best is to have a leader with some proficiency in each.
Sandy Kaczmarski October 30, 2011 at 07:18 PM
I don't think voters should have to lower the bar for elected officials. With technology where it is today in business in general, in the financial industry and on a personal level, I would have a real problem with a candidate who was clueless when it comes to computers.
ken loebel November 10, 2011 at 03:08 AM
Obama used the Blackberry and was very technically proficient - and he gave good speeches... look where that got us... having second thoughts about your request yet?
Howard Anderson November 10, 2011 at 04:53 AM
Ken, you have a point there. Even if a person is up to date with the modern times, that doesn't make them a good candidate. What scares me though is they are not keeping up with technology, what else are they not keeping up with? Are they able to read current financial statements with newer accounting standards, such as GASB 34 regulations? I have yet to make a determination as to who will get my vote but currently I'm leaning towards Burns even though I think the city has it short comings. Are they even able to read comments on here without someone having to print them out? Can someone please give an unbiased pro and cons between both candidates?

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