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Robert Nowak



5463 Whitmore Way; Lake in the Hills

General Contractor, self employed

Divorced, Kelly

On The Record

Why are you running for county board?

Iím running for the County Board because McHenry County has been my home for the last 35 years, the place where I raised my family and run a business. I like the way McHenry County has grown throughout the years and I want to preserve that strength and integrity for the future. The services, standard of living, the bond rating, the open land and conservation of land are unsurpassed by others countyís. That is why I what to be a Board Member.

What is your top legislative priority if you are elected?

Top legislative priorities are funding for the 3.5 mile Randall Road corridor, elimination of the tax levy, continue to hold the line on spending, continue the studies and monitoring on ground water in the county, complete the rewrite of the United Development Ordinance and the Storm water Ordinance.

Where do you stand on the upcoming March referendum to make the County Board chairmanship popularly elected by the voters?

I am not in favor of changing the form of government that we currently have. If the Chairman of the County Board is elected by the citizens of McHenry County our present form of government will ch ange, the Chairman will take the place of the County Administrator creating the need for his/her own staff Vice Chairman, Secretary, attorney and clerks. Then an additional County Board Member will be needed to keep the integrity of 24 member board or four representatives from each district. In these times of cutting expenses, this action is going to cost over a million dollars.

Do you believe that the County Board Ė before 2013 Ė kept an adequate eye on the finances and spending of the McHenry County Mental Health Board? Why or why not?

Yes, I do believe the County Board adequately monitored the budget and finances of the Mental Health Board. The Countyís roll in the finances of the Mental Health Board is to oversee and approve their budget not to monitor the day to day handling of the finance. I also donít believe it was a miss handling of funds, but a cutting of State funding. It would have been prudent for the Board to have saved more in the reserve fund, however hard times with the economy as a whole did not allow for that to accrue.

Do you believe the county should continue to run Valley Hi Nursing Home, or would you like to see it sold to a private entity?

At this time with a slow depressed market I believe Valley Hi Nursing Home is in better hands being owned and managed by the County. The County Staff has worked hard to turn that facility around making it more independent and self sustaining. However, to sell off the facility to a private entity is not a bad idea to help fund some other capital project of the County.

What issues would you like to see addressed in the upcoming Unified Development Ordinance?

At this time Iím in support of the UDO there isnít anything that I feel is in need of a major change. I would like to see the moratorium on signs lifted so the business of the County can proceed with the permits without going against the unapproved ordinance. The Committee has put a lot of work into the process, but it needs to be over.

Do you believe county government should continue to keep its tax levy frozen? Why or why not? And if not, what expenses would you cut to ease the burden on taxpayers?

Iím totally in support of keeping the Tax Levy frozen; in fact I would like to see the state vote to do away with the tax levy in its entirety. Years ago when the tax levy went into place we were in a very strong economy with strong growth and taxing entities were having a hard time keeping up with demands on the system, so the tax levy helped schools, libraries, fire departments, local and county government to keep up with the growth. Today, we donít have that growth in fact we have an ailing economy. I feel the tax levy has out served its need and now itís used for extra funds. Funds that always can be used.

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