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Sigwalt wanted a casino, but not video poker?

Here’s the typical flip-flopping of Trustee Judy Sigwalt. She proclaimed a couple of years ago, she wanted an Indian Casino in Carpentersville. Now she’s against a revenue source from video poker?

First she’s against the Public Works Building, as recently as the last election in April of 09, and now she’s for it.

It’s basically has to do with petty politics. After all our last Village President Bill Sarto was against any Indian Casino, so Judy had to go the other way. The same thing happened when Bill Sarto was for the new Public Works Building. She was against that wasteful spending, since we couldn’t afford it at the time. Now she flip-flopped with Sarto gone. Now she proclaimes that we need to build a new PALACE for Bob Cole’s employees. Doesn’t matter does it, that we are drowning in debt in Carpentersville today.

Not everyone pulling lever on casino in Carpentersville
By Larissa Chinwah | Daily Herald Staff
Published: 12/8/2007 12:19 AM
Carpentersville Trustee Judy Sigwalt says the village needs to find unique ways to compete with surrounding municipalities for coveted tax revenue.

So, the senior trustee has asked the village staff to research the possibility of bringing a land-based tribal casino to Randall Road, on a 50-acre parcel just north of Huntley Road.

But casino experts and village officials warn local economies do not always benefit when a casino opens — there are no big tax advantages, and restaurants and such on Indian land often steal customers from established businesses.

Furthermore, they say the steps required to open a tribal gaming site would be lengthy and laborious since the land — known as the Heinkel property — is farmland and not a designated Indian reservation.

Sigwalt said the proposal arose after she learned Hoffman Estates rejected an American Indian tribe’s request to open a casino there.

In 2004, Ho-Chunk Nation officials shut the door on building a casino on a 125-acre site at the Northwest Tollway and Beverly Road in Hoffman Estates.

At that time, Hoffman Estates Village President Bill McLeod said the proposal hadn’t gone far before residents and some neighboring towns opposed the plan.

Pingree Grove officials in the same year invested about $17,000 to determine if an Indian casino was a viable option for that village. Plans did not progress beyond unofficial talks.

Sigwalt said a casino could bring many benefits to Carpentersville.

“Other towns around us have basically used all of the creative ways to develop economically, so we have to be extremely creative,” she said. “There’s not many options left. This would be creative and a good revenue stream for the village.”

But bringing a tribal casino to Carpentersville would be a “very involved process,” said Gary Garrison, a public affairs specialist for the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs in Washington, D.C.

Garrison said the first step involves finding an out-of-state tribe to purchase the land, since there are no federally recognized tribes in Illinois and just three off-reservation casinos across the country, including one in Wisconsin.

Once a tribe purchases the land and places it in a trust, Garrison said, the governor must approve a gaming compact authorizing the tribe to operate a gaming venue. The deal must then seek approval of the U.S. Secretary of the Interior.

William Thompson, a professor of public administration at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, said a casino actually could hurt the village’s economy if the proposal moves forward.

Indian-owned casinos and resorts do not pay local, state or federal taxes.

“A casino is going to draw money out of the pockets of the local businesses,” said Thompson, who has studied the economic impact of casinos on communities in Illinois. “It is quite likely the casino will have restaurants and buffets. People are not going to walk across a parking lot and across the street to eat at a local restaurant.”

Village President Bill Sarto also questioned the rationale of opening a casino less than 10 miles from Elgin’s Grand Victoria, the most successful of the state’s nine licensed riverboat gaming sites.

“Why would the governor approve a casino that is in direct competition with a state-licensed riverboat just down the road?” Sarto said. “It makes no sense. It is not beneficial to the community.”

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Judy doesn’t have any real plans for Carpentersville. Just look how she took control of the Parks Committee, she first favored the return of the Fourth Of  July Fireworks at Carpenter Park. Now she’s so concerned about our financial problems she and others decided to eliminate the HUGE costs of the fireworks. Yes, a whopping $7500!

Yes, Judy Sigwalt needs that $7500 to help pay off over 14 million dollars for the new Public Works Palace!

And now, apparently we don’t need any extra revenue from Video Poker machines.                                                   

Does Judy need a psychological exam? Does she just follow Paul Humpfer’s orders? The same guy who gave all sorts of excuses and LIES about a vehicle TITLE that took 2 years and 6 months to hand over to one of his victims?

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Carpentersville’s Moral Compass?!?!

 

Village Board May, 2009

Why is it that Carpentersville’s Village Board continues it’s anti-business practices at the detriment to not only businesses that are trying to survive in these tough economic times, but to our taxpayers who’ll have to pay more in taxes for the grandiose plans of a multi-million dollar palace for Public Works employees.

The Village decided about four years ago to create a new paying position called Economic Development/Special Projects Coordinator. Has this position, which was to attract and help new businesses to move to Carpentersville helped any? So, now Carpentersville Village Board is creating another committee to do what? Attract more business? Help businesses to communicate with the Village Board? Cut red tape?

I’m sorry for being a skeptic, but  this Village Board and those in the past have done everything to stop businesses from either locating here in our village or to be competitive with surrounding communities. Besides, the empty storefronts and foreclosures are increasing.

Heres some examples of the hypocrisy of our, oh, so moral Village Board. For years we’ve had Village Presidents and Trustees who opposed the selling of liquor in the morning, even though some surrounding communities were selling at a much earlier time. This hurt local businesses, but our trustees wanted to play the “moral card.” During those dark days of the Boettger administration which Judy Sigwalt  was also a trustee, they decided to raise the sales tax. AND this was done after Judy Sigwalt was elected on a promise to not raise taxes.

During the Sarto administration with the help of Ed Ritter, the Village Board raised gas taxes, at the detriment of the Gas Stations in Carpentersville. Now many residents of Carpentersville would rather go to East Dundee or other communities where the gas is cheaper. I just hope Carpentersville’s BP Gas Station can survive against East Dundee’s Thorton Gas Station, just kiddie corner from it.

Also, during the Sarto administration, the Village had a great opportunity to have a new business located on the west side of town. The Hookah Lounge which is an absolute hit and nice revenue source for Schaumburg, wanted to open another Hookah Lounge in Carpentersville. With their great food, wi-fi stations for Internet  Service and with a very nice atmosphere for College students and young professionals to hang out. This was definitely going to be something new and exotic for people from Carpentersville and the surrounding communities to visit and spend their money. BUT, due to the influence of the Midwest Minutemen and others [Paul Humpfer and Judy Sigwalt] who had xenophobic attitudes about anything that hinted of Muslim and/or Arab cultures decided to STOP this revenue source that Carpentersville so sorely needs.

AND, now we have the Village Board and their “moral compass” attacking and trying to deny our Restaurants and Bars with liquor licenses an opportunity to compete with other businesses in the surrounding communities. I’m talking about “Video Poker Machines.” Once again at the detriment of local businesses and Carpentersville taxpayers, our Village Board had brought out their ”moral compass” and is trying to permanently BAN this revenue source. Will our local businesses suffer from competition across Carpentersville’s border with others? Could they fail?

Why in the heck is our Village Board in the “morality business” anyway? Do they think that they have been given a God given right to dictate morality to businesses and paying customers of said establishments? OR, do they think that THEY have the right  to gamble on the future of Carpentersville’s finances?

                                                 

This present Village Board has already skimmed 1.3 million dollars as a “poison pill” to place the new PALACE for our Public Works Building on the fast track. This same building is now already over a million dollars over-budget and we haven’t even dug a hole yet. The entire costs, including the poison pill will eventual cost the struggling families of Carpentersville more than 14 million dollars. Just watch as the costs start to climb as this Village Board, Bob Cole and Staff want to include all the bells and whistles to turn this new garage into a PALACE.

YES, our “tax and spenders” are in a rush to build a monument for Public Works employees, even if it means we have to raise taxes and fees to pay for it. YET, they shun new revenue sources that could help our fiscal deficits that we’ll be facing this year and next.

                                                     

We need to stop being a “moral compass” and attract new revenue sources. This Village Board and those in the past have shown that they wont think outside the box  in these tough economic times. Where is this Village Board going? Are they going to cut services to its residents? God forbid, if this Village Board or  Staff is going to cut Village employees. Nope, they’ll raise your taxes, fees and cut services. Oh wait they did make a crucial cut to save our finances, they eliminated our FOURTH  Of JULY FIREWORKS! BRAVO! You guys saved a whole $7500, whippie! Great job Parks Committee.

Tell you what, why don’t our Trustees and Village President give up their Carpentersville’s salary for only two months to show how patriotic they are and apply it to the Forth of July Fireworks? This would amount to over $7500, with extra cash for other activities around that time. This way Carpentersville’s families can go to Carpenters Park and enjoy our Independence  and way of life. BUT, I’m sure our Village President and Trustees can’t be asked to sacrifice their earnings for something so dear to all of us.

                                                    

Nope, this Village Board, with the help of Staff will ask the families and businesses of Carpentersville to sacrifice for the “tax and spend” policies. They after all have the “moral compass” and know what’s good for us, no matter what the financial pain the taxpayers and businesses have to endure.

Now if this Village Board would want to use their  “moral authority” to crack down on under-age smoking, I’ll go along.

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Does this guy need a mental evaluation?

 

 
 
 
The continued saga of Trustee and Chairman of the “Tax and Spend” Committee Paul Humpfer and his LIES about the vehicle TITLE.
  
As written before on this link: https://carpentersvilleplayhouse.wordpress.com/2009/10/27/paul-humpfer-going-back-to-court/ has come up with all types of excuses and LIES.
  
Now here’s the latest excuse from our public servant Paul Humpfer, who we entrust with the finances of Carpentersville. THERE’S A LIEN ON THE VEHICLE that he sold to Gloria Van Cleave! So, Mr. Humpfer knowingly lied to Mrs. Van Cleave about the vehicle TITLE for over TWO YEARS and several months. How did Gloria Van Cleave finally found out the truth about the TITLE? She had to go to the Illinois State Police and file a complaint against Paul Humpfer. Mr. Humpfer had no choice, but to tell the Illinois State Police the truth or face charges immediately. Of course, Paul Humpfer is facing a Court date on January 29, 2010 in Small Claims Court, but will probably face criminal charges soon for committing FRAUD. But, why, why, why, didn’t he tell Gloria Van Cleave the truth about said TITLE? Why did he insist on dragging this TITLE fiasco till January 29th, 2010? Does he in his right mind think that he’s the victim here?
  
Here’s a quick summary of what a lien is:
  
  
 
LIEN – The right to retain the lawful possession of the property of another until the owner fulfills a legal duty to the person holding the property, such as the payment of lawful charges for work done on the property. A mortgage is a common lien.

In its widest meaning this term includes every case in which real or personal property is charged with the payment of any debt or duty; every such charge being denominated a lien on the property. In a more limited sense it is defined to be a right of detaining the property of another until some claim be satisfied.

The right of lien generally arises by operation of law, but in some cases it is created by express contract.

There are two kinds of lien; particular and general. When a person claims a right to retain property, in respect of money or labor expended on such particular property, this is a particular lien.

Liens may arise in three ways:

1. By express contract;

2. From implied contract, as from general or particular usage of trade;

3. By legal relation between the parties, which may be created in three ways: 1. When the law casts an obligation on a party to do a particular act and in return for which, to secure him payment, it gives him such lien; common carriers and inn keepers are among this number; 2. When goods are delivered to a tradesman or any other, to expend his labor upon, he is entitled to detain those goods until he is remunerated for the labor which he so expends; 3. When goods have been saved from the perils of the sea, the salvor may detain them until his claim for salvage is satisfied; but in no other case has the finder of goods a lien.

 
 
Why did Paul Humpfer lie? Is he going to lie about his lies? When will he stop being so vindictive and vile to a senior citizen who just wanted to make a simple transaction? Is Paul Humpfer sane? What does go on in this guy’s head?
 
Is poor Paul Humpfer the real victim here? Does he think that it’s all everyone’s else’s fault?

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Fanatics never give up!

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Trustee Humpfer wants TRIAL!

Yes boys and girls, Carpentersville Trustee and Finance Chairman wants a trial. He figures that he owes Gloria Van Cleave NOTHING! He didn’t even have a TITLE for Gloria!

So, now we have a trial date of January 29th, 2010. YES! Gloria must wait another THREE MONTHS to at least receive  a TITLE! Another THREE MONTHS of plowing snow around a vehicle, which she can not sell, drive or insure against vandalism.

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What does Mr. Humpfer have to hide?!?!

Is he being strictly VILE and VINDICTIVE?!?!

Or is it that the bank still has the TITLE? Hnmmm…

This isn’t half the story, stay tuned for more on Carpentersville Playhouse! YES! Boys and girls, we’ll remove the “trust” from TRUSTEE soon!

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Paul Humpfer going back to Court?!?!

 THIS ARTICLE WAS POSTED A COUPLE OF WEEKS AGO, BUT MAGICALLY DISAPPEARED FROM THIS BLOG. DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND, I HAVE REPOSTED THIS ARTICLE.

Carpentersville’s trustee and Chairman of the Finance Committee, the one and only Paul Humpfer. He’s the guy who wants to build a Palace for Bob Cole’s employees and of course his shivering and cold trucks. He helped orchestrate a secret plan to hoodwink the taxpayers of Carpentersville, by pushing through a 1.3 million dollar poison pill down the throats of the taxpayers at the last minute. This way, it would force the Village of Carpentersville to build a monument to Bob Cole’s vision of the future Public Works Building. You see, this 1.3 million dollar down payment to Williams Architects and Williams Construction Management is non-refundable!

YES! They did this like Paul Humpfer’s midnight appointment, where he lost his election for Village President to Bill Sarto, back in April of 2005. This is what happened, Trustee Whitehouse aka Principal Whitehouse of Dundee Crown high School [funny how we still have two District 300 employees on the present Board] was going to move out of town and would be ineligible to be a trustee any longer. Well, on election night, when it was apparent that Paul Humpfer was going to lose the election to Bill Sarto for Village President, he and his allies asked Trustee Whitehouse to resign immediately, this way the Village Board would appoint [this would be the 2nd time he was appointed] Paul Humpfer to the vacant seat. A brilliant political move! This way Bill Sarto would be DENIED, the chance to appoint a person to the vacant seat.

AND now, we have the “MIDNIGHT SPENDING MOVE” to eliminate any chance to discuss or debate the merits of spending MILLIONS of DOLLARS for a Palace for Public Works, during a severe recession.

Oh yeah, we got to raise taxes, but don’t you worry your little minds about this, we’ll get all sorts of grants and stuff from Washington. No, we don’t know exactly how much stuff we’ll get, but it’ll be free stuff though!

Oh wait a minute…What happens when our depressed property values get reassessed and the Village of Carpentersville will see a huge drop in revenues in a year or two? Well, with this fiscally challenged group of politicians, you won’t have to worry about cuts in services or lay-offs of our precious and so important Village employees, NOPE! We’ll just raise your taxes even more! Remember you’ll just have to tighten up your belts as the Village will have to loosen their belts from all that bloating!

Here we have a picture of Carpentersville’s trustee and Chairman of the Finance Committee, the one and only Paul Humpfer. He’s the guy who wants to build a Palace for Bob Cole’s employees and of course his shivering and cold trucks. He helped orchestrate a secret plan to hoodwink the taxpayers of Carpentersville, by pushing through a 1.3 million dollar poison pill down the throats of the taxpayers at the last minute. This way, it would force the Village of Carpentersville to build a monument to Bob Cole’s vision of the future Public Works Building. You see, this 1.3 million dollar down payment to Williams Architects and Williams Construction Management is non-refundable!

YES! They did this like Paul Humpfer’s midnight appointment, where he lost his election for Village President to Bill Sarto, back in April of 2005. This is what happened, Trustee Whitehouse aka Principal Whitehouse of Dundee Crown high School [funny how we still have two District 300 employees on the present Board] was going to move out of town and would be ineligible to be a trustee any longer. Well, on election night, when it was apparent that Paul Humpfer was going to lose the election to Bill Sarto for Village President, he and his allies asked Trustee Whitehouse to resign immediately, this way the Village Board would appoint [this would be the 2nd time he was appointed] Paul Humpfer to the vacant seat. A brilliant political move! This way Bill Sarto would be DENIED, the chance to appoint a person to the vacant seat.

AND now, we have the “MIDNIGHT SPENDING MOVE” to eliminate any chance to discuss or debate the merits of spending MILLIONS of DOLLARS for a Palace for Public Works, during a severe recession.

Oh yeah, we got to raise taxes, but don’t you worry your little minds about this, we’ll get all sorts of grants and stuff from Washington. No, we don’t know exactly how much stuff we’ll get, but it’ll be free stuff though!

Oh wait a minute…What happens when our depressed property values get reassessed and the Village of Carpentersville will see a huge drop in revenues in a year or two? Well, with this fiscally challenged group of politicians, you won’t have to worry about cuts in services or lay-offs of our precious and so important Village employees, NOPE! We’ll just raise your taxes even more! Remember you’ll just have to tighten up your belts as the Village will have to loosen their belts from all that bloating!

Yes, our Village Village President and Trustees do seem well fed don’t they?

Now back to our used car salesman, oooops…I mean Trustee Paul Humpfer. Back in June 20, 2007, Mr. Humpfer sold a 2000 Honda Odyssey to Gloria Van Cleeve. The problem was that the vehicle’s Title was missing and a promissory note was made and signed by Mr. Humfer. The note made it quite clear that if said Title could not be found he would apply for a duplicate. Fair enough, don’t you think?

Well the days turned into weeks, with Paul reassuring Gloria that he was working on getting that Title and the weeks turned into months. Gloria was getting irritated and rightly so, as the vehicle was taking up space in her driveway, rusting away and depreciating in value. Meanwhile the Chairman of the Finance Committee was coming up with new excuses of why he hasn’t gotten the Title for said vehicle and the months turned into years.

Here’s some of the excuses he came up with during this wait for the Title.

  1. I’m working on it.
  2. I’m living out of State.
  3. You’ll get it next week.
  4. I’m busy with my court cases.
  5. I lost the VIN for the vehicle.
  6. I sent the wrong VIN to the State.
  7. I’m broke and had to pay medical bills for my children. [nothing like using your kids for an excuse, you’d think that Zurich Insurance Co. would properly insure their highly regarded employees, like Paul Humpfer]

Yes boys and girls, after 2 years, 3 months and numerous days of watching a vehicle in her driveway rotting away, depreciating in value and taking up space in her driveway, Mrs. Van Cleave decided enough is enough!

She is now filing a claim in Small Claims Court to get restitution.

Here we have a Trustee who wants to raise your taxes for the benefit of Village employees and the large ego of Bob Cole. Chairman of the Finance Committee who had to borrow money to pay his property taxes, but figures the struggling families of Carpentersville, should have no problem paying higher taxes to make Public Works employees comfortable in the harshest of Winter and cool in the hottest  months of Summer.

Makes you really, really wonder, if the vehicle was his to sell to begin with. Especially so, when he was having all those problems with his wife and going through that bitter divorce.

Can anyone say,” Marital Property?”

 

 

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Trustee Humpfer going back to Court!

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Carpentersville Trustee Paul Humpfer is going back to Court, nope, he didn’t whack anyone with a bat. He sold a vehicle to an unsuspecting victim, over TWO fucking years ago! I know, I know, what’s the problem here and why swear!?!? Well boys and girls, How would you like to buy a car and you can’t drive it, you can’t sell it and you can’t even junk it, since you haven’t received a TITLE for said vehicle!

Here we have an elected official and Chairman of the “Tax and Spend” Committee who sold a vehicle and can’t come up with a TITLE for the buyer. The poor plaintiff who constantly hounded Mr. Humpfer for said TITLE, received all sorts of excuses from this swindler! As explained on this link:

https://carpentersvilleplayhouse.wordpress.com/2009/10/27/paul-humpfer-going-back-to-court/

The victim of this crime had to finally resort to filing a complaint against Mr. Humpfer for restitution. Trustee Humpfer was served with a summons on October 20th at Village Hall at around 7:20 pm. His Court date is October 30, 2009 at 9 am. At the CIRCUIT COURT OF THE SIXTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT KANE COUNTY, ILLINOIS

It really, really makes you wonder, if this vehicle was his to sell to begin with. Did he try to sell a vehicle that belonged to his wife? After all this happened after the fallatio incident between Paul Humpfer’s wife and Trustee Judy Sigwalt’s son. Quite a hummmm dinger!

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High Rollers, Snake Eyes?!?!

 

 

 

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The Village Board has already said that your taxes will go up, but how much? Trustee and #1 number cruncher of this Village Board Paul Humpfer doesn’t know. So, I guarantee you that the rest of this Village Board doesn’t know either. Carpentersville Finance Director Lisa Happ doesn’t know. Hmmm, but they continue pushing this multi-million dollar palace for Public Works?!?!

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What’s so scary about this scheme is that Kane County has already sent homeowners their new assessments, which plainly shows that property values have declined. Next year, you’ll receive your reassessment from Dundee Township and I guarantee you that it will definetely show all our property values have plummeted. So, that means our property taxes will go down, right? Nope! The Village of Carpentersville would see less revenue from this decline in property values, so they must and will raise taxes again to keep paying off all those bonds that Carpentersville has. At least our Village Board gets those monthly paychecks from the taxpayers to help pay for those extra taxes that this Village will impose on the struggling families of Carpentersville. 

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Yes, let’s place our priorities on the welfare and comfort of Public Works employees. I’m sure this Village Board knows what’s best for Carpentersville and those whining taxpayers. That’s one of the reasons why this Village Board passed that poison pill at the cost of 1.3 million dollars without a public hearing. Sort of the Father knows best thing, I guess.

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With elections only about 18 months from now, what will those who’ll run for re-election do to “stifle” the complaints about the increase in taxes, in these troubled economic times?

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DAVE REECE, SIGN THIEF!

A police report was filed last night for criminal trespassing and stealing of campaign signs from the My Residence.

The culprit is the one and only Dave Reece, the guy running for Dundee Township Road Commissioner and also the Chairman of Dundee Township Democrats.

It happened moments after the signs were placed on My Front property at about 9:15 PM. Myself along with Frank Stoneham and Bob Van Cleave where rearranging and adding two more signs to the Illuminated display located close to Butte Ln. and Lake Marian rd. When we had finished Bob had taken a picture of the display shown below and I retired to his House.

About a minute later, I received a call from Stoneham stating that Dave Reece just had confronted Bob  Van Cleave while geting  ready to depart from the My Residence.

I quickly preceded back out in front of his house while still talking to Frank on the phone. Then I asked Frank where the signs go? Frank asked is Dave Reece still there. No he wasn’t and neither were My signs.

At this time I’m pissed, Someone came onto private Property to steal something that didn’t belong to them. Now mind you it’s Dark by this time but, this person had the Balls enough to walk right in front of a spot light to remove this things while Cars a flying by Lake Marian Rd.

Yes the Police were called and we made a report, Not only that I will personally be following up to make sure that this Thug never comes around here again, My mentally disabled wife is frightened to Death now knowing anybody can just walk up to your House steal stuff and get away with it.

We feel Violated and fear for our Safety

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The two campaign signs in front, were the ones stolen by Dave Reece.

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Algonquin resident Dave Reece and Carpentersville Village President Bill Sarto in the back of the room, scheming.

I am going to persue this all the way.

Richard Grass

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The Debate goes on, Who should Fund “Dial a ride”?


In this ‘time of economic crisis” the responsible thing for governments to
do is to be as efficient as possible with taxpayer dollars because
taxpayers, after all, are the source of income for all these services.  The
dial-a-ride program is needed by residents, but why should we have a line
item in the budgets of Carpentersville, East Dundee, West Dundee, Sleepy
Hollow etc, when only one line item is needed for the dial-a-ride service?
This practice simply makes it appear that the cost is less than what it
really is.  Why does Dundee Township have a line item for the Salvation
Army, FISH and other not for profits?  Could the township not use this
money to be more efficient in its fiduciary responsibility?

The Illinois Compiled statutes for Township government (Chapter 60)
indicate a Township may provide transportation services to senior citizens
(Chapter 60, article 220).  Several years ago, the Park District solely
provided the dial-a-ride service needed for senior citizens and people with
disabilities in the Township.  The Park District removed themselves from
providing the dial-a-ride service for liability purposes.  Dundee Township
picked up this service as afforded by statute and asked for financial
assistance from Carpentersville and other local governments to transition
the dial-a-ride program to Township responsibility and Carpentersville, in
an effort to transition this program to the Township, provided funding.

Currently, the Park District provides a donation to Dundee Township
specifically for the dial-a-ride program and this funding comes from a tax
levy on the residents of Carpentersville.  In addition, Carpentersville,
East Dundee, West Dundee, Sleepy Hollow and Dundee Township levy taxes on
residents and part of that levy is used for the dial-a-ride program.
Residents of Carpentersville are being taxed by three different
governmental bodies for the dial-a-ride program.

Carpentersville balances its budget each year, which is not the case with
Dundee Township (see pages 34 to 47 of their audited financial statements
at 2/29/08 PLEASE look at the column marked “Budget”).  The Carpentersville
2009/2010 budget was especially difficult to balance and to balance our
budget Carpentersville added no new programs and requested each department
to reduce their expenses to balance the budget.  Also affecting the
Carpentersville budget is debt payments for $20 million in bonds for
capital & infrastructure improvements to our streets, sidewalks, curbs,
sewer & water lines, and streetlights.  The debt service is approximate
$1.5 million annually, and Carpentersville absorbed the debt payment into
its budget without increasing the property tax rate on Carpentersville
residents.  Additionally, based on direction from Trustee Ed Ritter,
Carpentersville added another Police Officer, another Community Service
Officer (for the Police Department) and part time help to assist our Street
Department in street repairs and other needed services.  These “boots on
the street” are needed to provide additional public safety to our
residents.  (As a side note, Sarto voted “No” to adding new police
officers.)

Aside from Dundee Township’s unbalanced budget, Dundee Township holds
almost $6 million in cash at 2/29/08; see page 16 of their 2/29/08 audited
financial statements.  Further, the Town Fund, from where the dial-a-ride
program appears to be operated, generated over $178,000 in excess revenues
received over expenditures disbursed, see page 19 of their 2/29/08 audited
financial statements.  (The Town Fund appears to be where the dial-a-ride
program is operated, see page 35 of their 2/29/08 audited financial
statements.)  [NOTE: Dundee Township Financial Statements recently became
available after, I am told, a FOIA was made requesting their audited
financial statements.  I am also told the individual requesting the
information had to pay to receive their audited financial statements.]


Carpentersville public safety professionals provide services to Dundee
Township residents at times, but Carpentersville does not request or ask
Dundee Township for contributions for these services.

Paul Humpfer

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Trustees in Carpentersville seem to think that the township is “triple-dipping” because of mismanagement, said Village President Bill Sarto, one of the members to approve the contribution. Trustees who voted it down said the program should be funded by the township and not the villages.
Comment,
“Let us start with the fact that neighboring Algonquin Township provides a bus service for Seniors and the disabled with ALL the money coming from the Township tax levy! Check some of the other Townships!!”

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