Recent comments from my opponent attributed to hearsay, and taken out of context as part of larger conversations he was not involved in, have unfortunately been recently published.
He has suggested that “I have never met a tax increase I didn’t like,” or words to that effect.
My public record would suggest otherwise, and I would like to set the record straight.
During my time on the McHenry County Board I have staunchly supported tax relief on numerous occasions.
While serving on the Crystal Lake City Council, the municipal levy increased by 0.41% (less than ½ of 1%) between 2009-2012, impacting the average homeowner by less than $30.00 over the four-year period, while maintaining first class municipal services.
The City of Crystal Lake maintained a AA+ bond rating based on its conservative financial practices.
Our pension funds were properly funded, and we were able to invest in the development of significant municipal and recreational infrastructure improvements.
Additionally, my record as a fiscal conservative speaks for itself with public votes I’ve taken as a member of the McHenry County Board.
During my tenure, I have voted to either reduce or hold the levy flat every year I have served.
I have never supported a tax increase. T
hese votes along with abatement and rebate programs that I have supported, widely covered by the Northwest Herald, have put an estimated $20 million back into taxpayers’ pockets.
And in the event you were not aware, I believe McHenry County is one of only 3 Illinois counties that enjoys a AAA bond rating.
From 2016-2018, I worked on a regional advisory group which studied how shared services in government can generate savings that benefit taxpayers.
As a result, I requested and helped facilitate the county’s application to secure a Local Technical Assistant grant through the Chicago Metropolitan Alliance for Planning (CMAP).
We are in the process of coordinating all local government entities within McHenry County to maximize efficiencies and savings, unlike my opponent’s blind support for the recent township consolidation bill passed this spring in Springfield with virtually no cost benefit analysis being done, and resolutely opposed by the members of the McHenry County Board.
It is our hope that this program will be utilized as a model throughout the state to provide all units of government in Illinois access to efficiencies of operation while reducing the burden which taxpayers currently must endure.
My public record stands on its merit.
My opponent doesn’t have one.
I have a proven record of reducing taxes and putting money back into taxpayers’ pockets.
Since my opponent can’t stand on his own record, it appears he is trying to create a false narrative surrounding mine based on misinformation and hearsay.
Voters are tired of the rhetoric that ineffective politicians must generate in order to maintain support.
Movie posters, supporting third party political candidates, and back door dealings with Democrats do nothing to bring hard earned tax dollars back to the 66th District.
Thank you for the opportunity to set the record straight.
From McHenry County Blog: The movie poster referred to in the Schofield statement is the one made in July based on the 2016 remake of The Magnificent Seven, where Skillicorn is not front, but center with six other state representatives calling themselves “reform”: