Surround by local political influentials and friends, McHenry County Board member John Reinert announced his candidacy for State Senate.
In the crowd were current State Senator Pam Althoff, former State Rep. Mike Tryon, County Board members Chris Christensen, Joe Gottemoller, Donna Kurtz and Larry Smith.
Reinert’s announcement follows:
Today I’m here to announce my candidacy for the 32nd District State Senate to replace Senator Pam Althoff.
I’m proud to have Pam’s endorsement and with your help, I plan on continuing her amazing work of serving the people of Lake and McHenry Counties.
I have lived here all my life, my wife Cassy and I have reaised out family here, and we’re proud to call the 32nd District our home.
I am a local businessman with 30+ years experience as a Home Builder and Real Estate Broker.
I am an active member of the Heartland Board of Realtos.
Throughout my career I have served on the education committee and currently serve on the government affairs committee.
As a successful home builder for countless families here in Lake and McHenry County, I’ve seen the toll rising taxes and the housing recession have taken on all of us living in the great region.
I’ve sat across the table with many people struggling to pay the real estate tax bill or keep the mortgage payments current.
As a home builder I personally experienced the housing market evaporate from the devastation of the recent recession.
Two of the most important concerns I hear from voters are our high taxes and our lack of jobs and business growth.
I currently serve on the McHenry County Board and actively work towards reducing our property tax burdens and government mandates restraining business, economic development and home ownership alike.
I believe economic development is key. Homeowners are paying an unfair share of the tax burden,
We need healthy, responsible business growth to help share the demands of our Real Estate taxes.
As our fellow neighboring Midwest states head away from this great housing recession, I’m concerned the state of Illinois, McHenry and Lake counties are struggling to regain our place in this growing economy,
Currently if you own a home in Lakemoor assessed at $185,000 your tax bill is $8,315, Woodstock an assessed value of $230,600
Congratulations its likely $9,872, Crystal Lake an assessed home at $235,000 a tax bill over $8,000!.
AND if you own a home over $500,000 with a tax bill over $16,000 and need to sell there’s a market time of 12 months or longer causing many to sell at substantial losses.
As we are all aware, people are leaving the area to our less tax burdened neighboring states.
This weighs very heavily on me, and I want to continue to fight for families and struggling business owners, working towards their rightfully deserved success!
Everyone wants to reduce taxes, yet we keep raising our tax obligations without reducing any of our spending, we need to abate or stop raising our levies and unfunded mandates.
Every homeowner and business, small and large, have watched their budget and have gotten leaner, State government has been the biggest culprit, we need to improve this.
I’ll strive to work together with anyone and everyone willing to help in our challenges moving forward to success.
The state needs to work our way out of the burdens robbing everyone of the right to work and prosper.
I aspire to affect positive change and help bring back job and economic growth to our 32nd district – I’m running to help reduce taxes!
I urge you help me help you. I’m confident the best is yet to come for our families, our community, and our state. It’s all about the taxes, and, Let’s do this together!