McHenry Grade School District 15 Board member Erik Sivertsen commented recently on the subsidy that Fabrik requested. It follows:
The [property tax] abatement proposal was on the agenda for one of the D15 meetings.
The committee that had placed it there, removed it.
I was prepared to vote against the proposal.
I don’t think it is the school board’s place to be picking winners and losers in the economy.
We need to reduce the levy, so that all of the businesses are given the same opportunity to succeed.
D15 has a record of levying a surplus every year and stashing it away.
That is how the district is doing all of this construction without asking for voter approval.
Once these construction projects are done, there will still be a rather large surplus and it continues to grow.
At the last meeting, the board approved another increase in the next levy, with only Betty Davis and I voting to oppose the increase.
After the construction is done, there will be the addition of all day kindergarten, without the approval of the voters.
There will be significant costs associated with the program every year, and it is a program with little to no benefit to the students.
Millions of dollars are already being spent to add the additional classrooms for the program.