CHANNAHON – Four candidates are vying for three seats on the Channahon Village Board.
Trustees Sam Greco and Mark Scaggs are seeking re-election. Chantal Host hopes to retain the seat she was appointed to two years ago and Steve Czyz is challenging the incumbents.
All of the candidates agreed traffic management and retail development will be significant issues for the next board.
“We’ve had the goal of four lanes on Route 6 at Interstate 55,” Scaggs said. “We need to work with the federal and state [governments] for more lanes on the interstates themselves. We have 1960s roads, and we’re living in 2017.”
Scaggs also feels retail development will follow housing growth, but the board’s most important duty is to be a “strong steward” of tax dollars. He has voted against an increase in real estate taxes.
“I think the village spends wisely, but there are some nonessential services I didn’t think we needed,” he said.
Greco said he also supports keeping property taxes down and maintaining a balanced budget, including a wage freeze for elected officials. He feels setting up a tax
increment financing district is the most
effective way to attract new industrial and retail growth.
“Our community would benefit from more retail businesses, such as restaurants and grocery stores - which in turn would create more jobs for our residents,” Greco said.
Host said a balanced budget and “maintaining responsible growth” are essential for the board.
“[More] rooftops are always a goal, but we have to balance the competition with other communities against what our constituents need,” she said.
Host said the village has succeeded by following a comprehensive plan that was implemented about a decade ago and updated a few years later.
“We have the resources to review that plan and we have to consider [another] update,” Host said.
Czyz said he is concerned with the board’s direction after a warehouse development and second truck stop were unanimously approved and a larger warehouse complex has been proposed.
“I am in support of manufacturing, but opposed to warehousing [and] distribution buildings,” Czyz said. “All of these developments are at ... the main artery in and out of the village.”
Czyz believes the approval of warehouse developments are “throwing all [the] eggs in one basket.”
“The village is trying to capitalize on the property tax revenue these developments will bring in, but at what cost to future residential and retail development?” he asked. “This type of development could create potential revenue losses within the village.”