“Linda Starkey has supported a property tax levy increase every year
since she took over in 2011. She spends taxpayer money like a Chicago Ward
In November of 2012 Wauconda Voters
approved via referendum by a 2-1 margin an
increase in order to secure Lake
Michigan Water. The Board at the time and both mayors since have since
supported the voters’ decision. This voter-authorized expenditure was the key
reason for the local tax rate increase in Wauconda, and not something brought
upon the voters by their elected officials. Wauconda has increased its financial reserves to at least 25% of
revenues, and has surpluses many years. Aside
from the Lake Michigan Water referendum, in recent years the Village Board has
had a zero increase in its General Fund budget.
values to drop 29% since she took over in 2011”
“Linda Starkey’s fiscal policies have caused a
65% jump in property tax rates in the Village of Wauconda since she took over
The Equally Assessed Value (EAV)
for property values had declined due to the financial crisis’ drop in property
values and foreclosures in 2009/10, with no “cause” that could be pointed to
from any fiscal policies. If anything, revitalization of Wauconda’s downtown
area has made the Village a more attractive destination than surrounding areas,
of which Linda Starkey has been an active driver. Meanwhile, the
voter-authorized Lake Michigan Water referendum, to secure a sustainable water
source, authorized up to $41Million in property tax increase which did increase
the tax rate in the Village.
It is inaccurate to state that
these two factors, property values and LMW are “Linda Starkey’s policies”, as
one was due to macroeconomics and the other, the voters’ choice. In fact, EAV
across the county and other local governments saw similar rise and fall from
the 2008/09 economic crisis:
When comparing what percentage other local municipalities’ tax rates are, historically Wauconda has been somewhere in the middle: Round Lake has been on the low end at 6.0%, Hawthorn Woods 9.3%, Antioch 10.3%, Island Lake 11.3%, Wauconda 12.1%, and above us have been Fox Lake at 12.4%, Lake Zurich 13.3%, Mundelein 14.3% and Volo 25.5%.
As to any
increase taxes, the portion going to Wauconda has not fluctuated greatly.
According to Zillow, the mean value of a home in Wauconda is $183,000, and for
that home, the actual amount of taxes on a tax bill going the “Village of
Wauconda” to an actual home assessed at $194,900 in the Village of Wauconda has
That $449.59 pays for Police and
dispatch, Public Works (snow plowing, road maintenance and repair, etc.), storm
sewer construction and maintenance, water supply related infrastructure, and
the staff payroll to support these categories.
“Linda Starkey is a staunch Democrat who has run for public office at
least six times.”
“She swore under penalty of perjury that she was a Republican party
member when filing her paperwork, despite her history of Democrat voting.”
Settling in Wauconda after a move
from out of the District, Linda and her husband and sons have voted Republican,
as this from “Lake County Clerk Voting History Data” shows. And while yes she
has run for public office six times, none of those elections within these small
municipalities have either Democratic or Republican slates.
“Career politician… Poster Child for Term Limit Enforcement.”
Linda has never sought a third
term in office. In North Barrington she served two years before being elected
Mayor, and was elected twice (the second time, uncontested), before moving out
of the district. After moving to Wauconda, she has been elected twice, and now
rather than seeking a third term, she is running for Lake County Board. She believes in preparing new members of the Board through community members' assignment to committees and learning the municipal process.
And for a “career”, there’d need
to be “pay”. Instead, after being elected Mayor, she led that process to
eliminate the “Unallocated Expense Allowance”, which was the only compensation
to her and the board, where Trustees had received a stipend of $75/month and
the Mayor’s stipend had been set at $150/month, as evidenced by 5/24/99
Minutes, along with this copy of Ordinance 798:
Don't allow misleading smear tactics to work! These attempts further prove why we need a community leader representing us on the county
board, not a political insider.
Vote for Community Leader Linda Starkey on March 20th!