Yesterday, I pointed out what can happen when a local government has money for which no one can be held accountable.
Tax Increment Financing District money.
Everyone in McHenry County will pay to make Route 14 look better.
That’s because TIF Districts allow city officials to take money that otherwise would go to schools, park districts, county government, etc.
You’ve been reading how beneficiaries of Chicago TIF money miraculously concluded that they should give large donations to Mayor Richard Daley’s wife’s after school charity.
Locally, I have no reason something like that is happening, but there is definitely a tax shift to homeowners and businesses outside the TIF districts.
So, enjoy the new, “improved” streetscape as you drive through town.
Yesterday, I pointed out that perfectly serviceable street lights on Route 14 were about to be replaced with ones that I guess someone (maybe all) on the Crystal Lake City Council thought looked prettier.
They match the expensive ones that the City Council is forcing private property owners to put on properties they improve within sight of Route 14. But, not to worry. The City Council subsidized the purchase of those lights on private parking lots.
Today we look at another wasteful expenditure by the City Council.
It’s a monument near Pizza Hut.
It’s not exactly a pyramid.
More like a cemetery monument.
You see it above.
And it’s for Crystal Lake.
Maybe there’s more than one.
I, as everyone else who can do so, avoid Route 14 as much as possible.