Guest Post by Craig Genteman
DeKalb County(Voters district 9) cannot afford to re-elect party loyalists with a failing record. Jim Luebke has had unsuccessful bids for DeKalb Township Supervisor in 2013 and for DeKalb County Clerk & Recorder in 2010. Yes, he was elected to serve as DeKalb Township Trustee, but was quickly voted out for ineffective leadership and disrespectful comments at the DeKalb County League of Women Voters Forum. He believes the DeKalb County Board has maintained good fiscal discipline balancing spending with the revenue from all sources, and has no issue with the county spending down its reserves by almost $900,000 annually. Mr. Luebke said he can provide wise stewardship of your tax dollars, while property taxes continue to rise and home values decrease.
One would imagine he should understand the struggle the residents face especially since he became a recent homeowner. Out of touch views and rigid ideology such as Jim Luebke’s are factors why DeKalb County is declining, resulting in residents/businesses leaving. He has no problem spending your “unlimited tax money” on under budgeted projects and special interests.
Mr. Luebke’s feel good stories of walking the district and talking over barking dogs is purely rhetoric. He is not listening to constituents’ concerns, because he knows better than you do. He speaks of transcending party politics but continues to support extreme ideological polices that burden taxpayers. Realize Mr. Luebke never mentions the property tax predicament or lowering taxes. He will continue voting to drain the county’s reserve fund. In short, DeKalb County cannot afford to elect another “talk but do nothing” politician.
Here are the facts:
•I am not a politician, which is vital since we have a county board that is comprised of many, not all, individuals that are simply out of touch with the needs and concerns of the people that they represent
•I will promote transparency, prudence and lowering taxes.
•Unlike Mr. Luebke’s rhetorical attack, I do not seek to cut vital services. I’ll push for a forensic review to eliminate duplicate programs and streamline the administration apparatus.
•I am someone who will work hard on day one, pushing policies that are fiscally sound and will make our county more cost efficient.
Our community cares about jobs; they worry about rising property taxes. So let us do away with many of these burdensome regulations and allow jobs to return to our community, and keep more money in our wallets.