10 Kane County candidates discuss taxes and mental health

Editor’s observe: That is one among a collection 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 overall 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 influence of the SAFE-T Act, which is able to remove money bail from January 1.

By way of 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’d like it or can we make future cuts or extra cuts? “These are a few of the commonest 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 apprehensive about that.”

“I feel we’re doing so much within the county to deal with that, and I’ve supported having more cash for psychological well being initiatives,” Brown mentioned. “That is one thing that we actually must deal with. The size of suicides within the county — getting these packages funded is step one when it comes to lowering the psychological well being downside we have now right here and throughout the nation.”

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

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

If re-elected, Brown mentioned targets for his subsequent time period embrace sustaining his objective from his first time period relating to enhancements to Route 31 and Fabyan Parkway to be able to make the highway 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 area the county has and what our wants are sooner or later,” he mentioned. “We’ve got 30 buildings unfold throughout the county, a lot of that are very outdated and never purposeful or ADA compliant.”

Tarver, 54, of Batavia, mentioned voters have spoken to him about psychological well being locally and social providers, monetary duty, and holding faculties secure.

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

Maintaining faculties secure, Tarver mentioned, contains safety due to issues about “bringing extra weapons and weapons into our faculties.”

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 occurring on the county degree and asking for his or her recommendation, and making a county the place individuals can stay, work and play.”

“I feel by working with the board of administrators and neighborhood 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 needs our “communities to be secure and other people to really feel snug that we do not over-tax them.”

“I would like individuals to come back to our county, get inexpensive housing, earn an excellent wage, and spend cash in our neighborhood so they do not need to stay outdoors,” he mentioned. “If they can not stay affordably in our neighborhood, they can not survive right here.”

David Sharros is a contract reporter for the Beacon Information.