Robert Nowak





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On the Record

Why are you running for McHenry County Board, and what qualifications do you bring to the office?

I’m seeking a position on the McHenry County Board to make a difference in the growth and policy making of the County. My qualifications for the job come from my business back ground; Owner and operator of a successful construction company in the County for ten years. Then using those skills plus learning others as Director of Building, Planning and Zoning for the Village of Cary where I worked for the residents of Cary for 23 years.

The County Board has resisted calls to make its chairmanship popularly elected. Now, a referendum has been placed on the November ballot that seeks to change the county to an executive form of government. What do you think about the referendum and the board’s resistance to allow voters decide whether they want to elect the board chairman at the ballot box?

I strongly support the democratic way of determining if an Executive Chairmanship position should be created for McHenry County. However, I’m not in support of the new position. I feel the position duplicates the roll of the County Administrator having the authority to hire and fire staff, make appointments and control the budget the only difference is the power to veto, and chair the County Board. To vote as a County Board member the individual would have to be elected to both positions as a County Board member and the executive chairmanship. With all this confusion and duplication of salaries I’m not convinced the position is needed in McHenry County.

Do you support county government using taxpayer money to lobby against state legislation that would have protected property taxpayers from tax increases in years when property values declined? Explain your answer.

I support efforts to stop tax increases in years when property values are in decline. The County Board needs to establish policy to hold the line on tax increases. The County staff has done a great job on holding the line on spending. All taxing districts need to hold line increase there taxing authority during these difficult times

The County Board is working this year to not collect the inflationary tax levy increase allowed under state law. Will you agree to support a freeze to the county’s levy again next year? Explain.

I will not support the tax levy increase for next year as I did not support it this year. I was one of only six Board Members that did not support the tax levy increase. When the general population is cutting back and tightening their belt why should the taxing district of the county exercise their power to increase taxes in these hard times?

Given the obstacles a local couple have had with turning their vineyard into a winery, how business friendly would you say the County Board and county ordinances are? What changes would you seek if elected?

The proposed winery in the County should have been handled differently, however hind sight is 20/20. The proposed winery, new to McHenry County is not new to the Country, so it should have fit easily in to our ordinances. This being the case the County’s Administrator or the Director of Planning and Development should have proposed an amendment to the county’s codes to create a permitted or conditional use for wineries opening the door and welcoming the owners of the winery. If the county wants to promote new business it must take a more proactive approach.

Outside of jobs and the economy, what is the biggest challenge facing voters in your district and how would you address it?

Today it’s a different world. The collapse of our economy and loss of so many good jobs has placed a tremendous burden on the citizens of the county and beyond. As a Board Member my biggest roll would be to be that watch dog of a balance budget, institute policy’s that control spending always with hope to reduce it. Last, we need to stop tax increases during these difficult times to ease the minds of the Tax Payer’s of the County.