Wrong way to help those in need
I encourage the taxpayers of Kane County to vote "No" for the tax increase petition titled "Show You Care Kane." This new tax levy would generate roughly $16 million for the Association for Individual Development and help create another 400 bureaucrats within Kane County. This same group got defeated in McHenry County trying to levy a tax increase in that county. Now they are in Kane County trying to do the same thing.
The Association for Individual Development already receives grant money from the state each year so this extra money that is generated would be on top of what is already received from the taxpayers.
Another issue is that the services provide by this group could be used to help other people outside of Kane County. So in theory, the Kane County taxpayers would be subsidizing all services that are provided to other counties citizens.
According to their annual report the total amount of public support and revenue in 2012 was $22.5, an increase of roughly $2.5 million over 2011. The AID is asking to increase their budget by 71 percent over their last year's budget. That is a huge increase. There are numerous other nonprofits that would be extremely happy to see their budget increases by 71 percent.
This is a bad deal for the taxpayers of Kane County. There are other ways to help the citizens that AID is trying to help but this is not the way to do it.