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Our View: Moving forward with new county officials

Published: Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012 5:31 a.m. CST

Newly elected county officials – including incoming Kane County Board Chairman Chris Lauzen – will be sworn in Monday, meaning it is time to unpause county government and move forward with critical business.

As is often the case when regime change is afoot, the past several weeks have been quiet on the county government front, but several pressing matters soon must receive the attention they deserve.

Among the front burner matters at hand – hiring somebody to fill the vacant finance director position, zeroing in on badly needed upgrades to the courts’ computer system and beginning what we hope will be a vigorous, transparent debate about how to offset lost revenue from the county’s property tax levy freeze.

Some of these issues and others that arise will undoubtedly be contentious, but we plan to hold the freshly elected county officials to their expressed intent during the campaigns to work constructively with one another, even as disagreements inevitably occur.

Former County Board Chairman Karen McConnaughay’s tenure had its rocky patches, but the county remained on relatively sound fiscal footing during harsh economic times. We look forward to the new regime building on that while addressing the county’s current challenges head on.

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