As reported Monday, Lakewood Village President vacated his home.
Knowledge of whether he has resigned awaits a reply to a Freedom of Information request.
A resignation will come at some point, one would surmise.
When he ran as as a write-in candidate for Village trustee in 2015, he promised three things:
- No tax hikes
- No Tax Increment Financing District
- No Sportsplex
Taping into the dissatisfaction of village residents on the three subjects, Serwatka won overwhelmingly.
While being a lonely vote most of that two year term, the Village Board did agree to keep taxes constant.
Then Serwatka put together a team to run with him as he sought the Village Presidency.
They won, although just resigned Village Trustee Ken Santowski managed to tally 30% of the vote as a write-in.
After winning the Village Presidency, Serwatka and the Village Board actually cut taxes by 10%, more than any other municipality (and even county government, which, contrary to claims of McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks, did not cut its levy by 11.2%, but by 9.7%), township, school district, fire protection district or park district. He was not able to muster support for a permanent 10% cut, rather 5% was forever and 5% was abated, that is subject to a vote of the Village Board next year.
The SportsPlex is dead.
The TIF District has been disbanded.
So, he accomplished his 2015 goals.
Presumably, Serwatka will share the reasons for leaving Lakewood.