The Issues

The Issues

Zion is a diverse city with people from various ethnicities and religious backgrounds. This is one of the strengths of our community. I am well versed in working in a multi-cultural and religiously diverse context and I think my experience and expertise in these areas will help us, together, move Zion forward. Making Zion a place we all want to live.


Property Taxes

The extremely high property tax rate in Zion (currently 19.09%) is one of the major issues holding back our growth. When potential new homeowners and business owners consider locating in Zion, the tax rate is a deterrent. Lowering property taxes is a complex venture, one that will require all of our taxing bodies to work together. I am currently meeting together with representatives from all our taxing bodies in an effort to address this issue. I will not vote for any budget that would increase our property tax rate in Zion and will work to reduce our current tax rate.


Rental Properties

Every healthy community needs a mix of rental and owner-occupied housing. I am not opposed to rental property or the assistance deserving families receive from government assisted housing vouchers. What I am opposed to is imbalance in the current housing stock in Zion. Nearly 60% of the single-family and multi-family housing units in Zion are rental properties and 28% of these are Section 8 properties. This puts Zion at the top of the list for the availability of Section 8 housing in Lake County. Some of these properties suffer from disinvestment and lack of maintenance that lowers property values not only in the rental units themselves but also in our community at large. I will work to reverse this trend, holding irresponsible landlords accountable and working with our State legislature to more equitably distribute Section 8 rental property.


Public Safety

When making a decision to invest or live in a community, the security of our property and our personal safety are among the most important considerations. Is Zion a safe community? When comparing the raw data of the crimes committed in Zion the honest answer is that we do have a crime problem. However, there is more to the equation than the raw data. Zion, in my opinion, has one of the finest police and fire departments in Lake County. We have hard working, fair and dedicated officers, fire fighters, paramedics, administrative staff and civilian personnel that contribute a great deal to the public welfare in our city. I have had the privilege of working with these fine men and women and I will continue to do my best, if re-elected, to provide them with the resources they need to do their job well. It is often said that only 2% of the population in Zion are troublemakers. If that is true, then it’s time for the 98% of us who live here to stand up against the kind of criminal activity that is going on in our neighborhoods.

 

Type

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

Arson
(per 100,000)

4
(16.5)

7
(28.1)

4
(15.9)

5
(19.9)

7
(27.8)

4
(16.3)

5
(20.4)

5
(20.5)

2
(8.2)

7
(28.9)

10
(41.6)

Assaults
(per 100,000)

79
(325.1)

107
(429.8)

94
(374.1)

204
(810.8)

22
(87.4)

30
(122.5)

87
(354.8)

88
(361.6)

111
(456.5)

86
(354.8)

99
(411.4)

Autothefts
(per 100,000)

76
(312.7)

68
(273.1)

38
(151.2)

25
(99.4)

29
(115.2)

34
(138.9)

34
(138.7)

37
(152.0)

51
(209.7)

58
(239.3)

31
(128.8)

Burglaries
(per 100,000)

209
(860.0)

262
(1,052)

340
(1,353)

312
(1,240)

287
(1,140)

383
(1,564)

418
(1,704)

243
(998.4)

275
(1,130)

180
(742.6)

127
(527.7)

Murders
(per 100,000)

0
(0.0)

1
(4.0)

1
(4.0)

1
(4.0)

5
(19.9)

0
(0.0)

1
(4.1)

5
(20.5)

1
(4.1)

3
(12.4)

2
(8.3)

Rapes
(per 100,000)

33
(135.8)

18
(72.3)

23
(91.5)

26
(103.3)

21
(83.4)

24
(98.0)

33
(134.6)

19
(78.1)

20
(82.3)

28
(115.5)

37
(153.7)

Robberies
(per 100,000)

41
(168.7)

56
(224.9)

53
(210.9)

44
(174.9)

100
(397.3)

95
(388.0)

24
(97.9)

34
(139.7)

38
(156.3)

32
(132.0)

31
(128.8)

Thefts
(per 100,000)

476
(1,958)

556
(2,233)

623
(2,479)

517
(2,054.8)

408
(1,620.9)

422
(1,723.4)

585
(2,385.9)

520
(2,136.6)

491
(2,019.2)

494
(2,038.0)

449
(1,865.6)