10 Kane County candidates discuss taxes and mental health

Editor’s observe: That is certainly one of a sequence of tales wanting on the contested races within the Aurora District within the November 8 normal 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 in regards to the county’s funds, psychological well being and the affect of the SAFE-T Act, which is able to get rid of money bail from January 1.

When it comes to the funds, it was just lately 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 individuals,” Brown mentioned.

On psychological well being, Brown mentioned, “The epidemic clearly has so much to do with it,” including that “everyone seems to be anxious about that.”

“I believe we’re doing so much within the county to handle that, and I’ve supported having more cash 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 applications funded is step one by way of decreasing the psychological well being drawback now we have right here and throughout the nation.”

Brown mentioned Public Security and the SAFE-T Act have produced a whole lot of questions on what’s going to occur.

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

If re-elected, Brown mentioned targets for his subsequent time period embody sustaining his objective from his first time period relating to enhancements to Route 31 and Fabyan Parkway in an effort to make the street safer, in addition to specializing in public security and the work of Ken County Commander Ron Hen.

“I additionally need to deal with how a lot house the county has and what our wants are sooner or later,” he mentioned. “We have now 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 in the neighborhood and social companies, monetary accountability, and protecting colleges protected.

“On psychological well being, voters really feel that businesses in our neighborhood 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.”

Preserving 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 preserve asking about taxes and whether or not the boycott is viable sooner or later,” he mentioned.

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

“I believe by working with the board of administrators and neighborhood members, we will 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 taking place and the choices we make, and but we talk.”

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

“I need individuals to come back to our county, get reasonably priced housing, earn an excellent wage, and spend cash in our neighborhood so they do not should dwell exterior,” he mentioned. “If they can not dwell affordably in our neighborhood, they can not survive right here.”

David Sharros is a contract reporter for the Beacon Information.