Not much notice, but the people in favor of borrowing $30.1 million to build a new Crystal Lake Library at the corner of West Crystal Lake and McHenry Avenues are asking the City Council to put another referendum on the ballot in April.
The meeting starts at 7:30 PM.
Political advisors suggest that those seeking tax increases stand a better chance of winning, the lower the voter turnout.
The reason is that proponents are usually much better organized that opponents.
While both proponents and opponents and opponents distributed literature door-to-door (at least in my precicnt), the proponents had multi-color professionally-prepared door hangers, while the opponents used a copying machine to print their arguments and attached them to dorr handles with rubber bands.
Proponents also were better financed with one $8,000 contribution coming from the archetectural firm Engberg Anderson, which has the contract. (In my experience, architects are paid about 10% of the cost of the project. The atchitects’ contribution, by the way, has still not been revealed in a Northwest Herald news article.)
Adding up the money donated to convince Crystal Lakers to vote in favor of the referendum, one gets to $26,466.36.
$3,939.52 of that remains unspent. (Links to the various reports filed can be found here.)
Political Action Committess and candidates don’t have to file anything with the Illinois State Board of Elections unless they spend or raise over $5,000.
Referendum opponents did not file a campaign disclosure report.
The rest of the memo prepared by city staff can be seen below:
Perhaps stimulated by the possibility that the City Council might vote to put another referendum on the ballot, two opponents of borrowing the $30.1 million filed for Council seats.
There were five candidates in all.
The incumbents running for re-election are
- Ralph Dawson
- Haig Halelblian (appointed to replace Jeff Thorsen, when he was appointed to the McHenry County Board)
- Cameron Hubbard
Halelblian had a “Vote Yes” sign in his front yard.
Challengers, both new library opponents, are
- Sally Munn
- Stefano Liparoto
Results from the November referendum follows: