Serwatka Mails Post Card

The following post card has been sent out by Lakewood write-in Trustee candidate Paul Serwatka.

It is not hard to discern that he opposes the Tax Increment Financing District and the second iteration of the SportsPlex.

Paul Serwatka's post card went to every address on the postal routes he selected.

Paul Serwatka’s post card went to every address on the postal routes he selected.

On the back of Paul Serwatka's post card he criticizes

On the back of Paul Serwatka’s post card he criticizes two of his opponents, Gary Sexson and Carl Davis.

Serwatka criticizes incumbent Gary Sexson for

  • voting in favor of the $55 million TIF and SportsPlex
  • consistently voting in favor of maximum property tax increases
  • being in favor of discussing and planning for a new Village Hall
  • stating that the Village Board needs not more transparency
  • not recalling ever being in disagreement with Village officials or staff

Serwatka criticizes incumbent Carl Davis for

  • voting in favor of the $55 million TIF and SportsPlex
  • consistently voting in favor of maximum property tax increases
  • wanting to build a new Village Hall

Incumbent Ken Santowski is not criticized.


Comments

Serwatka Mails Post Card — 10 Comments

  1. Don’t allow corrupt politicians to continue taking advantage of the community.

    Stop the corruption, vote for Paul Serwatka April 7, 2015.

  2. How dare you!

    Corrupt politician?

    I have given twelve years of my time for our Village. I am not corrupt.

    You owe us an apology.

  3. I don’t think the Village board is corrupt, Duncan.

    It’s worse than that: they’re righteous.

    They truly believe they are doing the right thing and other people just don’t understand.

    The problem with that attitude is that it is impervious to reasoning and evidence.

    I have learned two universal truths about local office holders in my thirty-five years in municipal finance.

    First, almost unanimously, they think most boards are full to stupid people doing stupid things.

    Second, almost unanimously, they think they’re different and special and they really know they’re doing the right thing!

    Sadly, the Lakewood board is a prime example.

    I’ve heard members say, “Oh, most TIFs are bad, but not this one — it’s different.”

    And I’ve heard them take this very optimistic attitude that if the SportsPlex doesn’t work out (and it seems like they themselves have serious doubts), well, once the TIF is in place, other businesses will just flock there immediately and all will be well!

    They have no concept that the area could sit vacant, half-developed, torn up, and the subject of lawsuits and foreclosure for many, many years.

    And when you bring up evidence to the contrary, they just ignore it — they flatly refuse to respond or to consider it, because they know in their hearts that what they’re doing is right for Lakewood.

    I am reminded of the of Justice Louis D. Brandeis in Olmstead v. United States:

    “The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well meaning but without understanding.”

  4. I have seen no hint of corruption in my Lakewood Village government.

  5. I believe you, Gene.

    I don’t think you’re corrupt.

    Totally committed to making the government of Lakewood as big as possible, yes.

    But not corrupt.

  6. Actually, Gene, I take back what I said above.

    The process by which the Village Board approved the TIF was corrupt.

    The law was intended to insure that tax subsidies were used only in blighted areas where development was highly unlikely to occur otherwise, like the south side of Chicago.

    But YOU voted to call undeveloped land and a golf course “blighted”.

    I call that a corruption of the law.

    And YOU then voted to use a sham consultant to give a bought-and-paid-for opinion that “but for” the TIF, no development would occur at 47 & 176.

    That was a corruption of the law.

    YOU completely ignored all the evidence presented to the contrary, including three independent studies that show that Illinois TIF districts do NOT produce growth in excess of what would likely have occurred anyway.

    That was a corruption of the law.

    YOU voted to ignore all the evidence that the SportsPlex is a weak project and undeserving of a subsidy.

    That was a corruption of the law.

    So, do I think you’re on the take?

    No.

    Do I think you’ll bend the law when it suits you?

    Well, you’ve proven that.

    I repeat Justice Louis D. Brandeis opinion from Olmstead v. United States:

    “The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well meaning but without understanding.”

  7. I do not feel that any of the Board members in Lakewood are corrupt or stupid. Further, I do think they got involved in the political process for a reason. Maybe it was to improve Village services, or maybe to be involved in the planning and future of the Village, or maybe it was for ego. It could have been for a number of reasons. Unfortunately, once they got entrenched they all became influenced by the powers of the Village manager and President, each of whom have their own agendas that entail personal gain and not the best interests of the residents. That is a sad state of affairs. These Board members, less one, are pushing an agenda (Sports Complex) that does nothing for the community but to create a financial drain by paying lawyers, consultants and developers for something the people do not want. They went down this path a few years ago and now they are back for another shot. But why?? To develop 47/176? Their track record is less than stellar with creating sales tax generating businesses so why should a TIF in this area be any different? It is easy to see why a large segment of the population appears to have the opinions voiced above because the Board continually displays an arrogant my way or the highway attitude, without any concern of the financial impact.

  8. I think the world has come into a time of moral deficit.

    Too many believe that just because something is legal, that it is right.

    Similarly, they believe that all things wrong must be made criminal. I

    ts hard for me to understand how the TIF and sportsplex benefit the Lakewood village and County as a whole.

    I’d also add, whenever you hear someone say “Don’t worry, it will be paid for by someone else’s money”, remember that ALL government money is our money.

  9. Don’t forget to vote for PAUL SERWATKA !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 7th vote for write in candidate
    PAUL SERWATKA

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