People poo-pooed my suggestion a couple of years ago that the signs being passed out by the Crystal Lake Library were intended to support a property tax hike.
But look what is popping up in the same yards as those signs:
The signs are undoubtedly being financed using some of the $8,000 than non-Crystal Lake resident Richard Naponelli donated to the Crystal Lake Library YES Committee a month ago.
Now the Crystal Lake City Council, which appoints the Library Board and controls the Library’s budget and could borrow money without a vote of the public to build a new library–has put on the ballot an advisory referendum asking whether a new library should be built.
The ballot language is below:
If the referendum passes–which will not raise taxes–lead the City Council to issue bonds without an authorizing referendum?
The Council can do so, because of its Home Rule power.
Or will the Council put a real tax hike bond referendum on the ballot when incumbents are on the ballot?
Will anyone opposed to tax hikes run for the City Council?
Those interested in either hiking or cutting taxes can obtain petitions for next spring’s election now from City Hall.