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Donald Kopsell



3716 Barreville Rd / Crystal Lake, IL


Married, Donna

On The Record

Why are you running for county board?

I am a life long resident of McHenry County. With my experience as Highway Commissioner and problem solving I will serve the residents well in District 3. I am knowledgeable about the issues affecting McHenry County. Property taxes, traffic congestion, zoning and water shed protection. As a County Board member I will take a common sense approach to the issues that affect the residents of McHenry County

What is your top legislative priority if you are elected?

Extend provisions in 605 ILCS 5/6-501 which has expired, to allow funds to assist non-dedicated subdivision roads platted before July 23, 1959 to become part of the township road district. The funding comes from taxes collected from a non-dedicated subdivision to make improvements that meet the criteria to become a part of the township road district. I would also like to see changes to the Illinois Highway Code to allow the County to spend motor fuel tax and other tax money to help the non-dedicated subdivisions make the improvements needed to become part of a municipality. I would also like to see legislation for the county to maintain local control and protest state and federal unfunded mandates.

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

I support having the County Board chairmanship elected by popular vote of the residents of McHenry County.

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

The McHenry County Board has the responsibility to appoint a County Mental Health Board. The Mental Health Board is an independent and objective board. The Mental Health Act requires the County Board to approve the Mental Health Board Budget that is prepared by the Mental Health Board. The County Board has no active role in the production of the Mental Health budget.

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?

In November of 2002 the residents of McHenry County voted on a referendum for a tax increase to fund Valley Hi Nursing Home. The referendum passed with 53.35% of the vote in favor of funding Valley Hi. The decision to sell to a private entity or keep Valley Hi Nursing Home should be up to the voters of McHenry County not 24 board members.

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

Define and identify zoning for agritourism. This will give small business owners an opportunity to avoid the cost and difficulty of obtaining a conditional use permit for their business.

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?

McHenry County has a healthy reserve and needs to keep its tax levy frozen in this economy. A review of county services and expenses can be done to see where we can use consolidation and reduction to reduce expenses.

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