However, there’s a new movement in some communities known as YIMBY, Yes in My Backyard. NPR’s Planet Money team produced a great podcast on this recently. It’s a really fascinating movement that is encouraging less restrictive zoning and smarter development of housing stock to alleviate the ridiculous housing costs in areas like San Francisco or others.
The face of the movement may be Sonja Trauss, candidate for the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. She has a new take on development that challenges the status quo and encourages development.
As Naperville continues to transition from a growth community to a maintenance community, I think we should continue to seek out new ideas and fresh approaches to problems like housing affordability and sustainable growth. Listen here.
Will County May Impose a 1% Sales Tax
District 204 joins an effort to place a referendum on the November ballot that would impose a 1% “County School Facilities Sales Tax” within Will County. To get the measure on the ballot, resolutions must be passed by school districts that represent 50% of the student population of Will County.
Consolidate City Services
Naperville City Council directed staff to explore efficiencies between the City, the Library, and the Settlement during the budget process in 2017. The city released a report this past week that identified some opportunities for greater efficiencies and consolidation. Marie Wilson had a good write-up here and you can view the full report here.
The Illinois General Assembly is not currently in session. Spring Session Adjourned on May 31, 2018.
Escalating Trade War
The Administration announced plans to increase tariffs on all Chinese imports. The proposal raises from 25% from the initial 10%. It should be expected that the Chinese government will retaliate on a commensurate amount of US products. You can read my Crain’s Op-Ed on how tariffs are a tax on the consumers and could hurt local businesses.
Next Legislative Forum
The next Legislative Forum will be held on August 22, at 11:30 AM, here at the NACC offices. 5th District Roundtable with DuPage County Board. County Board Members Janice Anderson and Tonia Khouri are confirmed and are looking forward to a lively discussion and hope you’ll join us!
The County Board has been aggressive in protecting DuPage and has much to report.
- Government Consolidation
- Election Commission Dissolution
- Response to the Opioid Epidemic
- Real Estate Taxes
- Regional Economic Development
Your voice matters. Register Now!