Jacks warns voters about calls for lower taxes
Chris Jacks, the Republican candidate township trustee in Naperville, outlined the case for his candidacy in a recent Facebook post.
Jacks acknowledged the unpopularity of higher taxes, citing his opponents’ reliance on the concept.
“Of course, I support lower taxes, and like many people today, feel that our government on all levels – local, state, and federal - taxes and spends far too much,” he wrote. “And when was the last time you heard of a politician favoring higher taxes? I... can only think of one – Walter Mondale in 1984 – and he suffered a loss of historic proportions."
Jacks cautioned voters that there are limits to what the township can do to affect taxes in the local community.
“What the Trustees can do is what’s been done over the past several years: make Township government more efficient every year, and cut unnecessary spending whenever possible,” he wrote. "I favor continuing on this trend.”
The candidate said streamlining services between different agencies is one remedy for higher taxes but said fees for utilities and trash collection are not set by the trustees and therefore would be beyond any candidate’s reach.
“I encourage you to ask everyone running in this race specifically how they plan to lower your taxes beyond what the Township Board has done over the past several years,” he advised.