Below is a paragraph from the Friday article on the report to the McHenry County Transportation Committee asking for $10 million to “expedite” right-of-way purchase to widen Randall Road from four lanes to six lanes from Crystal Lake to just north of the Kane County line.
“$5,750,000 will come from the RTA Sales Tax Fund (funded by a tax imposed by the Illinois General Assembly with no political cost of County Board members which could replace property taxes spent on law enforcement) and $4,250,000 from the Marching Fund, supported by property taxes.”
When the Regional Transportation Authority was last lusting for more tax dollars, all but one of the DuPage County State Senators sold out the rest of the collar counties so that their State’s Attorney’s and Sheriff’s Office could get more money.
Upon passage, it was estimated to bring in $9 million per year.
In 2008, Kane County decided to split its share
- 82% for roads
- 15% for law enforcement
- 3% for contingency
So, here’s my modest suggestion:
The County Board should weigh whether it is more important to buy right-of-way with the RTA sales tax money, spend it on law enforcement, e.g., replacing aging squad cars for the Sheriff’s Department or use it to replace what real estate taxes now pay for.