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Letter: Listen to our non-residents?

Published: Monday, March 17, 2014 2:50 p.m. CDT

To the Editor:

The majority of our Village Board recently voted to repeal a ban on non-residents from sitting on our boards and commissions. So now, people who live outside our village boundaries are welcome to vote on matters that affect residents and influence tax rates, development and land use. The village is in the middle of our comprehensive planning process to determine, among other things, what should be done regarding the Roosevelt Road corridor. Should it be commercial or residential? Non-residents overwhelmingly have voted for residential. In an academic sense, it's nice to know what our neighbors think. But in reality, these difficult decisions that our village makes need to be made by Winfield residents for Winfield residents, not outsiders. It is the residents that bear the burdens of higher property taxes, water rates and budgetary pressures caused by our lack of sustainable revenues. In fact, it was not more than two months ago that the same trustees that allowed non-residents seats on our commissions voted to borrow $4.1 million and raise your taxes accordingly to pay for it. Commercializing Roosevelt Road west of Winfield Road, just as Teska and Associates, our consultant, has recommended, will help reverse the tax increases and address our budgetary and infrastructure woes.

Winfield trustees ran on the slogan that they were going to "Listen to the Residents." By the looks of things they are entirely too interested to "Listen to the Non-Residents." I think each of them should remember who voted to put them in office and who the taxpayers are that will pick up the tab for running the village. Those people clearly do not live outside the corporate limits of Winfield.

Tim AllenWinfield trustee

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