Richard Naponelli of 5612 Meadowbrook Lane in unincorporated Crystal Lake has written a check to the Crystal Lake Library YES Committee for $8,000.
That’s enough for a mass mailing to Crystal Lake voters.
The Committee is seeking favorable votes on the following question, which will be asked of Crystal Lake residents this November:
The money may even be enough to replace the taxpayer-financed signs saying people are friends of the Crystal Lake Library.
There’s an old saying in politics:
“Signs don’t vote.”
But people supporting this referendum won’t be voting to raise taxes.
After all, it is an advisory referendum.
They will be
- gauging public opinion regarding a tax hike in a high turnout election
- trying to convince Crystal Lake City Council members that there is no need for a binding referendum, that there is enough public support that they can vote to borrow $30.1 million without asking voter opinion without fear of a voter backlash in April’s municipal election for raising taxes by $132 per year for 20 years.
Ironically, the Naponelli home is outside the Crystal Lake City limits, so the donor will not be able to vote for the referendum.