10 Kane County candidates discuss taxes and mental health

Editor’s be aware: That is one among a sequence of tales trying on the contested races within the Aurora District within the November 8 basic election.

The race within the fall election for the District 10 Kane County Meeting seat is between incumbent Republican David Brown and Democratic contender William Tarver.

The final election was set for November 8.

Brown, 68, of Batavia, mentioned district voters are involved concerning the county’s finances, psychological well being and the affect of the SAFE-T Act, which can eradicate money bail from January 1.

When it comes to the finances, it was not too long ago reported within the papers that we’re contemplating elevating taxes, so individuals are questioning, why do we want it or can we make future cuts or further cuts? “These are a few of the most typical questions I get from folks,” Brown mentioned.

On psychological well being, Brown mentioned, “The epidemic clearly has rather a lot to do with it,” including that “everyone seems to be fearful about that.”

“I believe we’re doing rather a lot within the county to handle that, and I’ve supported having extra money for psychological well being initiatives,” Brown mentioned. “That is one thing that we actually have to deal with. The dimensions of suicides within the county — getting these packages funded is step one by way of decreasing the psychological well being downside we’ve right here and throughout the nation.”

Brown mentioned Public Security and the SAFE-T Act have produced a variety of questions on what is going to occur.

“I can inform you that I don’t assist the act as it’s at present written,” he mentioned. “Individuals see advertisements on TV and wish to know what they imply.”

If re-elected, Brown mentioned objectives for his subsequent time period embody sustaining his purpose from his first time period relating to enhancements to Route 31 and Fabyan Parkway with a view to make the highway safer, in addition to specializing in public security and the work of Ken County Commander Ron Hen.

“I additionally wish to deal with how a lot area the county has and what our wants are sooner or later,” he mentioned. “We now have 30 buildings unfold throughout the county, a lot of that are very previous and never practical or ADA compliant.”

Tarver, 54, of Batavia, mentioned voters have spoken to him about psychological well being locally and social companies, monetary accountability, and protecting colleges protected.

“On psychological well being, voters really feel that businesses in our group are overwhelmed and really feel we want extra assist for our teenagers,” Tarver mentioned. “I’ve heard feedback referring to suicide prevention companies as suicides rise and other people inside our colleges are uncovered to social and emotional challenges.”

Maintaining colleges protected, Tarver mentioned, consists of safety due to considerations about “bringing extra weapons and weapons into our colleges.”

On funds, Tarver mentioned individuals are involved “about their future viability and taxes.”

“Individuals maintain asking about taxes and whether or not the boycott is viable sooner or later,” he mentioned.

If elected, Tarver mentioned objectives would come with “being a builder of a restorative group inside our county, being clear to voters about what’s occurring on the county degree and asking for his or her recommendation, and making a county the place folks can dwell, work and play.”

“I believe by working with the board of administrators and group members, we are able to obtain all of this,” he mentioned. “With transparency, voters have a proper to listen to what is going on on, but we have to share what’s occurring and the selections we make, and but we talk.”

Tarver mentioned he desires our “communities to be protected and other people to really feel snug that we do not over-tax them.”

“I would like folks to come back to our county, get reasonably priced housing, earn a great wage, and spend cash in our group so they do not must dwell exterior,” he mentioned. “If they cannot dwell affordably in our group, they cannot survive right here.”

David Sharros is a contract reporter for the Beacon Information.