An email from Lakewood Village Trustee Paul Serwatka:
The Next IMPORTANT Step Toward Restoring Accountability and LOWERING our Property Tax Burden
When I first began my campaign to become your Lakewood Village Trustee, I pledged to FIGHT for the truth, transparency and accountability that so many residents knew was so desperately needed within our village board, as well as to work to LOWER the property tax burden for Lakewood families.
I also pledged to waive the small salary trustees are paid and to serve as a volunteer. To date, I continue to do exactly that.
Each month the village clerk cuts me a check (State and Federal income-taxes withheld) I then endorse the check and hand it right back to the village clerk.
After further consideration, however, I believe it more appropriate to use these funds in a manner that would more directly benefit “We, the Residents of Lakewood”.
This in mind, I am truly excited to share with you the next “phase” in working; to restore truth, transparency and accountability to our village board – and to lower the property tax burden for Lakewood residents – with the creation of:
“The Lakewood Tax-Fighter & Better Government Project”.
“The Lakewood Tax-Fighter & Better Government Project” is the first of its kind – serving to promote and restore accountability in our local government and actually reduce property tax burdens for Lakewood families.
More specifically, the project aims to:
- Expand awareness of pertinent village issues
- Organize and engage Lakewood residents
- Promote and restore truth, transparency and fiscally responsible policies
- Reduce the property tax levy & lower property tax burdens
- Identify & elect board members who pledge a firm dedication to all of these
“The Lakewood Tax-Fighter & Better Government Project” was registered with the State Board of Elections in August, 2016. Registration information and Statement of Organization can be found on the State’s website:
Success of the Mission
With the creation of “The Lakewood Tax-Fighter & Better Government Project” – and with the contribution of my trustee salary, moving forward – we can really begin to increase our efforts toward restoring accountability to our village board and lowering our property tax burden in a very meaningful way.
To further assure the success of our mission, we will soon be able to accept contributions from village residents who share in these concerns, as well as others who have a vested interest in seeing our village thrive.
Something Entirely Different
There are many “feel-good”, and I believe disingenuous, “initiatives” out there claiming to stand for “Better Government” or “Property Tax Relief.”
Some have meetings, some hold protests, some collect data and ask for money – yet few of these ever seem to really achieve anything that actually affects the taxes we pay or, in any measurable way, impacts the quality of life for those who sign-on.
“The Lakewood Tax-Fighter & Better Government Project” will be something ENTIRELY DIFFERENT!
Our recent success in getting our Property Tax Levy Referendum on the November General Election ballot – and currently working to assure its overwhelming success at the ballot box, is just one small example of what The Project will achieve!
The Project will be a REAL, concerted effort of Lakewood residents that WILL yield REAL, TANGIBLE and MEASURABLE RESULTS for Lakewood residents and will noticeably and positively impact the quality of life for Lakewood families byrestoring accountable government and actually LOWERING our property tax burden!
Putting My Money Where My Mouth Is
I have complete confidence that The Project, along with the support of Lakewood residents, will have a very REAL impact on restoring accountability to our village board and actually LOWERING our property tax burden.
To demonstrate my confidence – above and beyond the contribution of my village trustee salary – I have personally contributed $1,000 to get this fund off the ground and running!
“The Lakewood Tax-Fighter & Better Government Project” will “hit the ground running” this September. It will be a work in progress, and I will be sure to keep you updated as we go, as your support will be essential.
Remember, the tax dollars saved – will be your own!
A Work in Progress
The Project’s website: www.LakewoodTaxFighter.com is currently being developed. We anticipate the site to be up and running by mid-September and we will strategically post each phase of our mission on the site at the appropriate times. Updates can also be monitored by following on facebook at:www.facebook.com/LakewoodTaxFighter .
In the meantime, I implore you to continue to share this and all of our email/newsletters with Lakewood neighbors and encourage neighbors to subscribe to our email/newsletter by simply sending an email requesting so, to Paul@LakewoodTaxFighter.com.
The email/newsletter will continue to be the most expedient means of communicating important information with residents.
A Crossroads before us
We have reached a cross-roads in our village, today – a point where we can choose to have more of the same/business as usual – or we can actually choose to effect the change that so many in our village have wanted for so long. I sincerely hope you will be a part of the change.
“We are in the Midst of an Awakening in our Village…. Be a Part of it!”
As always, your thoughts, questions and concerns are always welcome and always valued.