When McHenry Mayor Pam Althoff was pushing a Downtown Tax Increment Financing District, resident Steve Stanek, son of former Mayor Joe Stanek, was in opposition.
It’s been a long time since then, but Stanek is still not a fan of TIFs.
When Northwest Herald reporter Keven Craver wrote his column criticizing Lakewood’s TIF, Stanek had these comments, which are reproduced with Stanek’s permission, to make:
The Northwest Herald’s Kevin Craver has a great idea when he suggests statues to ridicule Lakewood village officials if the proposed sportsplex becomes a “Harvard Motorola ghost town but with goalposts.”
I too have a suggestion:
Demand Lakewood village board members sign a legally binding pledge that says all financial assets they own as of today’s date (so they can’t later hide assets in someone else’s name) will go to paying for the sportsplex before one penny of taxpayer money is used.
If village board members believe their claim the sportsplex will cost taxpayers nothing, then they should have no problem signing that pledge.
If they will not sign that pledge, then taxpayers should have no belief in their claim.