When I was over at my state legislators’ offices Wednesday, I was complaining passionately about the way the Crystal lake City Council wasted money on changing the streetscape of part Route 14.
That’s a term I first ran into in Algonquin. Some planner used it.
The Virgina Street Tax Increment Financing District was explained at a Crystal Lake Kiwanis meeting before it was passed, but I missed the meeting.
Wish I hadn’t.
I might have picked up some advance notice of the profligate spending the new TIF District would bring.
I have previously published examples of waste on Route 14.
I showed you the old and the new “decorative” street lights.
Before they were uniform.
Now there’s a mishmash.
The City Council folks won’t stand for that, I surmised. They will take more commercial property off the tax rolls of the school, park, Conservation, township, junior college and county tax districts. They’ll form another TIF and borrow money to make the area from Pizza Hut to the Vulcan Lake TIF look “pretty,” too.
Then, I saw the cemetery monument on Virginia Street near the Pizza Hut.
But that wasn’t all.
I found another one at the northern end of the TIF District, across from Kwik Kopy.
While complaining how I, a resident of Lakewood and Althoff, a resident of McHenry, and everyone else in McHenry County would be forced to pay for Crystal Lake extravagant spending, she told me there were more than two pillars.
“What!?” I exclaimed, inquired.
She said there was another one just down the street from her office.
When I drove home, I saw it, right before the Crystal Lake Motel.
I can’t help but wonder what they cost.
There other similar monuments in Crystal Lake.
They are in front of Crystal Lake Central High School.
They, however, were not financed with tax dollars over a 23-year period.
The CLCHS Class of 1924 paid for them.
They were a graduation gift to the Crystal Lake Community High School.