No surprise here: The News-Herald endorsed Issue 5, the replacement levy to support Lake county Board of MR/DD.
Based on the "puff pieces" the News-Herald did laying the ground work for this endorsement we were waiting for the actual endorsement.
Issue 5 is being pushed on the public by "Friends of MRDD Citizens Committee" whose Treasurer is Sue Degirolamo. Ms. Degirolamo is prepared to spend $101, 000 of the political action committee's money to raise your property taxes. This PAC sent a glossy mailer that claims "-Not A New Tax
That's a lie! Lie!
Issue 5 is a new tax. Issue 5 will raise your property taxes from about $58 to about $101 per $100, 000.
There is definitely grounds for a complaint about Ms. Degirolamo's misleading campaign literature.
Does anyone in Lake County have the courage to say that this is the wrong time to ask us for more money? Does one elected official have the courage to lead, and tell the MR/DD Board something like "sorry, you can't ask for more money...live within your means."? Or, "sorry, we are already paying several of your employees better than $80, 000 a year, making 15% contributions to PERS for them, ..., letting you have a good job."?
Instead, our local elected officials bury their heads in the sand, punt to the voters, and stand back while the News-Herald does the heavy lifting.