'Vote yes to fix Roscoe's roads'

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Roscoe's roads are cracking up, and it's no laughing matter.

If you drive in Roscoe, you're in for a bumpy ride. The roads are in horrible shape. It goes beyond the normal winter potholes. The road foundation and asphalt are crumbling. The neighborhood streets are turning into gravel roads.

These are average roads in my subdivision. It's falling apart. Think about the 'curb appeal' of a home when the streets are crumbling. It's not good.

There's a lot of blame to go around to understand how the roads got to this conditions. Poor planning for growth, inadequate revenue, competing budget priorities and questionable road building requirements for developments built in the last 20-plus years.

The old way the village 'managed' roads was to prioritize the worst roads and apply stop gap measures to repair them.

Unfortunately, it's time to pay the piper. To fix the problem will require millions of dollars, money the village just doesn't have. Inadequate budgets and minimal reserves. With state funding shortfalls, the village's rainy day fund is being used for ongoing expenditures such as 911 dispatching. The recent garbage fees generate thousands of dollars, but millions are needed.

The alternative is to vote "yes" to the ballot item on March 20th and authorize the village to enact a 1% sales tax within the jurisdiction of Roscoe. The tax would be earmarked solely for roads and infrastructure. It is planned that new businesses along tollway exits will be a source for much of this revenue. The proposed tax excludes food, medicine and titled property.

I don't like paying taxes any more than the next person. However, the public good requires this investment.

Vote "Yes" to the Village of Roscoe's referendum on March 20th.

Laurence Pearlman


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