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Kane County Poor Governance Alert (KC PGA) 4: Carelessness Costs Kane County Taxpayers

Issue: Cannabis, also known as marijuana, was approved for recreational sale beginning on January 1st of this year. In October 2019, the county board approved a measure to allow a 2.5% tax on such sales. So far this is great news! A new revenue source to help reduce the burden on taxpayers. Unfortunately, Board Chairman Chris Lauzen failed to ensure that the appropriate paperwork had been filed.  What this means is that the revenue that should have been received has most likely been lost. At least a year of the revenue will not be received, potentially more. Lauzen estimated that the loss could amount to $1 million while, once again, attempting to lay blame on our state's attorney's office. More details can be seen in the reference below.*

Resolution: The resolution is a simple one; hire a county administrator. Taxpayers have lost the benefit that the marijuana sales tax would have provided to the county coffers due to the extremely poor management by Board Chairman Lauzen. Luckily we have a choice this week. For board chairperson to replace the outgoing Lauzen, we have to decide between the Lauzen endorsed David Rickert (see KC PGA1) or Corinne Pierog. Corinne has mentioned during the campaign that she supports the hiring of a county administrator, echoing my call from earlier in the campaign. She has even offered to reduce her salary to make that happen. 

A county administrator would offer professional expertise in managing the various county departments. Additionally, he/she would handle these actions in a nonpartisan way. Our county residents deserve to have the best qualified people working on their behalf. They should not suffer monetarily due to the negligence of a board chairman operating in a role that could be more capably filled. The choice is an easy one. Please vote Pierog and let's get an independent county administrator! 

*https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20201029/lauzen-kane-states-attorneys-office-trade-blame-after-cannabis-taxes-go-uncollected


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