District 5 McHenry County Board member John Jung answers the Alliance for Land, Agriculture and Water’s Questionnaire below.
ALAW County Board Candidates Survey: 2012 Primary Election
A. Land Use
1. Do you agree that new development should be located where infrastructure exists, to minimize the extension of new roads, utilities and services, and protect farmland and water recharge areas? Yes
2. If elected, will you support permanent protection of agricultural land and the agricultural industry in the County? Yes
3. Do you agree or disagree that new rural development costs more for the extension of infrastructure (roads, water, sewer and services) than it brings to the County in taxes and that those extra costs are passed on to the existing taxpayers? Yes
B. Water Resources
1. Would you oppose any land use change that would exceed a locally recharged
aquifer’s capacity? Yes.
2. If elected will you enforce use of the SARA – Sensitive Aquifer Recharge Areas map developed by the County Water Resources Department, as a determining factor in every land use change decision? Yes
3. Do you support redistributing groundwater from water-rich areas to areas that have over drawn their groundwater? Yes
4. In your opinion, will McHenry County be able to get Lake Michigan water? No
C. The Role of County Government
John Jung has hand painted 4 by 8 foot signs.
1. Should the county provide support services to municipal governments, for example issuing and enforcing municipal building permits, administering and enforcing the Storm Water ordinance? No – to municipal building permits Yes – on the Storm Water
2. Do you support a county housing program where the county purchases, constructs, remodels, rents, sells homes throughout the county and in municipalities? No
3. Do you support a county bus program, where the county takes over responsibility for established service between select cities and townships? No
4. Should the county health department report to the county board as opposed to an independent board of directors? Yes
5. Do you think county government should increase expenditures and the scope of its activities, which will increase taxes to its residents? No
John Jung in the Lake in the Hills Parade.
D. Transparency and Commitment
1. County board records indicate that the average number of meetings necessary for attendance by a County Board Member is 8. This includes two full board meetings a month and two meetings a month for each committee (generally three) the member is assigned. Are you able and willing to make the commitment to represent your constituents to this extent? YES
2. During the last primary election 32 candidates for county offices voluntarily filled out the ALAW initiated Statement of Economic Interests BEFORE the election. This form is now required once you are elected, but we need to know before we elect you. Will you follow suit and file yours with us now? (Form attached with mailing instructions.) Yes
3. Do you agree that all scheduled county meeting agendas and minutes, including committee and sub-committees, should be posted on the County web site? Yes
4. Would you have voted to raise the county board members salaries? No
5. Would you have voted to increase the real estate tax levy by 1.5% thus increasing the
amount of real estate tax collected by the county by $1.1 ml.? Yes
E. Short Answer. Only the number of words indicated will be published in the response report. (please add a page if you need more room, but remember that we can only print the number of words indicated and reserve the right to edit your response for that reason. Thank you.)
1. If you are elected to serve the residents of McHenry County, what external state and local agencies do you think are important for the county to liaison with and how would you make sure that information is flowing both ways with that agency? If you are currently serving and are an appointed liaison, please tell us what agency you are assigned and how you accomplish effective two-way communication. (50 words)
Currently I am the liaison for the Illinois Extension Service. Two way communication is achieved by my diligent attendance at meetings and events, and networking with Board members, and members of the Extension Service. It is also important for the County to liaison with CMAP.
2. By protecting agricultural lands and soil resources, groundwater and its natural recharge can also be protected. What will you do to provide that protection? (50 words)
It is imperative that we preserve our prime farmland for its economic benefits and for its use as water recharge areas. The county should not only continue to dedicate funds to studying and implementing policies that protect our groundwater, but reach out to our residents and educate them on the importance of preserving our finite supply of groundwater.
3. Most municipalities in the county have their own economic development commissions or committees. Economic development has to occur where there is existing infrastructure. The county funds the private McHenry County Economic Development Corporation ($635,985. for the 2009-2012 term) to create development in the county outside of municipalities. Is this a good investment of taxpayer money? (50 words)
The function of the MCEDC is to preserve and create economic opportunities throughout McHenry County including the County’s municipalities. Given the current economic environment, the MCEDC is a good investment of taxpayer money since it acts as a catalyst for job creation.
In 2010 I found this palm card of John Jung on a mailbox next to the proposed Sports Complex. He voted against allowing stimulus money to finance it, while two opponents, Jim Kennedy and Tina Hill, voted for it. Jung defeated Kennedy and ran ahead of Hill.
4. Do you think Fleming Road, Alden Road and other county roads that do not serve highly developed commercial areas, need to be widened and “improved” at this time? (50 words)
No, I do not unless improvement means re-paving or re-surfacing in the existing footprint.
5. What weight should you as a county board member give the opinions of citizens affected by zoning decisions, special use permits and road projects? (50 words)
I think it is critical that the county board listens to the opinions of its citizens concerning issues that directly affect them. In fact, the Daily Herald has said that I’m a strong advocate for my constituents.
6. What in your background qualifies you to serve the public as a county board representative and what do you intend to accomplish if elected to the County Board. You may also use this space to provide additional information regarding any of the “yes / no” answers given above. (100 words)
My experience as a business owner provides me with a strong understanding of the importance of sound fiscal policies and responsibility. It has also taught me to make tough decisions. As Chairman of the County’s Human Resource Committee, it was my ability to make these types of decisions that resulted in the institution of policies and procedures that strengthened the county’s fiscal position and improved employee morale and productivity. My reputation for honesty and integrity is evidenced through my efforts on the County Board. I firmly believe in service and doing what is right even when it is not politically popular or expedient.