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Kane County seeks continued support from lawmakers

GENEVA – For everyone who bad-mouths the state legislature, Kane County Board member Brian Pollock wants them to know that the lawmakers do good as well.

Thanks to their support, two bills passed last year are expected to annually bring in about $3 million to Kane County, Pollock said Monday during the Kane County Legislative Committee Breakfast.

“They did do a lot,” he told the crowd, which included state Sen. Linda Holmes, D-Aurora; state Rep. Steve Andersson, R-Geneva; and state Rep. Linda Chapa LaVia, D-Aurora. “We do appreciate it.”

The Legislative Committee – which is co-chaired by Pollock, D-Aurora, and Susan Starrett, R-Batavia – has worked on building a relationship with lawmakers and is again seeking support on legislation that would help the county live within its property tax levy freeze.

A bill addressing juror fees would save more than $250,000 annually, while another about investment income would annually generate an estimated $200,000 to $300,000, according to the county.

A third bill would classify payments of motor fuel tax money to counties, municipalities and road districts as an irrevocable and continuing appropriation. This would not only allow Kane County to receive its share of the motor fuel tax on time but would also prevent delays in transportation projects and road maintenance, according to the county.

“I like all three of your bills,” Andersson said.

But, he said, while the logic of the motor fuel tax item “is perfect,” it could lead to negative consequences during budget negotiations. He used the K-12 education budget – which the governor signed – as an example to illustrate his point. If every school district instead had been left hanging regarding funding, he said, the budget impasse would have been solved in weeks.

Holmes, a former County Board member, said she misses county government because of its ability to accomplish items. She said she doesn’t see the state budget impasse ending any time soon.

“We are no longer functional,” she said of Springfield.

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