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Donald Kopsell



3716 Barreville Rd / Crystal Lake, IL


Married, Donna

On The Record

Why are you running for County Board?

I am a life long resident of McHenry County. With my experience as Highway Commissioner and problem solving I will serve the residents well in District 3. I am knowledgeable about the issues affecting McHenry County such as property taxes, traffic congestion, zoning and water shed protection. I would never support building a power plant in a residential area and I would never vote for an ordinance that takes away people’s property rights. If elected to the County Board I would like to be the liaison between the County Board and the Veterans Assistance Commission of McHenry County. I am a retired veteran and I understand the needs of the veterans in McHenry County. As a County Board member I will take a common sense approach to the issues that affect the residents of McHenry County.

What is your top priority if you are elected?

Extend provisions in 605 ILCS 5/6-501 which has expired, to allow funds to assist non-dedicated subdivision roads platted before July 23, 1959 to become part of the township road district. The funding comes from taxes collected from a non-dedicated subdivision to make improvements that meet the criteria to become a part of the township road district. I would also like to see changes to the Illinois Highway Code to allow the County to spend motor fuel tax and other tax money to help the non-dedicated subdivisions make the improvements needed to become part of a municipality. I would also like to see legislation for the county to maintain local control and protest state and federal unfunded mandates.

What is your position on shrinking the County Board's size?

I would support shrinking the size of the County Board after the 2020 Census. With the new census numbers the board can better determine how many members can be eliminated. Another way to save money would be to pay board members for each meeting they attend and not by a yearly salary.

Do you favor reducing the levy of Valley Hi Nursing Home and spending down its cash reserve? Why or why not?

With a $35,000,000 surplus the county should continue to reduce the levy as a 3 year surplus is not needed. A one year surplus with consideration for capital improvements that need to be done should be sufficient. With health care costs rising the board needs to monitor the situation carefully so there won’t be a deficit in the future.

Do you believe county government should continue to keep its tax levy frozen? Why or why not? And if not, what expenses would you cut to ease the burden on taxpayers?

McHenry County has a healthy reserve and needs to keep its tax levy frozen in this economy. A review of county services and expenses can be done to see where we can use consolidation and reduction to reduce expenses.

What does county government do that it should not be in the business of doing?

The county wants too much control over what the residents do with their property. Many people store their boats, campers and other recreational vehicles on their property. Some people want to run a business out of their home. Criteria for running a business from your home are too restrictive such as which building you can use. Some regulation is needed to protect the other homeowners in the area from the effects of operating a business in a residential area but the criteria should be less restrictive.

What can the County Board do to make the county more attractive to employers?

Define and identify the zoning for agritourism. This will help give someone a chance to start a small business from their property and an opportunity to avoid the cost and difficulty of obtaining a conditional use permit for their business. The process to get a conditional use permit or zoning variance is not easy and can be expensive. Less regulation makes the county more attractive to businesses.

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