I've lived in Lisle for over 38 years, raised my kids here and have been proud to call Lisle home. Not unlike other communities, our village has had its share of challenges.
A historic flood, a housing recession and a staggering local economy are just a few of the many challenges we have faced.
However, Lisle has had a hard time recovering from these challenges while surrounding communities have rebounded stronger than they were before. Our downtown area used to be busy on the weekends, but now it's much quieter and vacant storefronts abound. These empty businesses across the village no longer generate sufficient sales tax revenue to keep pace with the expanding budget.
That leaves my wife and me, and all Lisle homeowners, to makeup the shortfall.
Our property taxes have risen every year. Lisle residents now have a municipal tax rate that's more than twice that of our neighbors. This ends up costing our family thousands of dollars every year.
But enough is enough. We need new leadership in Lisle.
Ronald E. Demski