Wise Spending Matters


Hire Smarter: Don't Use Outside Contracts for Basic County Work

When county employees have the skills to do the work, we are wise to assign that work to our staff.  Wasteful contracts fail to benefit taxpayers.

Consolidation of Redundant Government Service

Drainage districts are being reviewed for consolidation throughout the county, according to the March 8 COW meeting of the Lake County Board (at 25:20 and before).

Reserve Policies

Budget policies are being discussed and reviewed. Finance Chair Paul Frank discussed the Finance Committee work at the March 8 Committee of the Whole meeting. Capital improvement policies have changed. At the same COW meeting, staff explained that capital projects will be separated into a fund to provide transparency (at 39:25). 

In a major shift toward transparency, operational funds will be separate from capital projects. Instead of describing capital projects as "emergency expenditures" as in the past, the spending of tax dollars will be described in a forthright manner.

Building in Profits Wastes Our Money

Private contractors do not create efficiencies for the county budget.  We pay more to allow for their profits. They have no duty to the people of Lake County--just a duty to their own shareholders.  All of the efficiencies benefit the business owners.  We get the mediocre services and the bills.

Good Government Relies on Ethical Guidelines and Training


Recommendations for the Lake County Board

  •  Lake County contracts must allow for public scrutiny throughout the process. No-bid contracts must be transparent with relationships disclosed.

  • Holders of elective offices must disclose the names of family members who do business with Lake County.

  • All discretionary spending of public dollars by elected officials should be published.

  • All public meetings should be available on video for live-streaming and for on-demand viewing.

  • False statements by board members in public meetings should have consequences.

  • Misrepresentations in the official minutes of board meetings should result in consequences.

  • Budget rules should disallow sweeps that move tens of millions of dollars from departments that seek to replace those funds for the following year.

  • Whistleblower protections must include consequences for retaliatory action.

When Guided by Ethics, Leaders Broadcast Open Meetings

Opposition to Publicity of Public Meetings Has Ended

The new administration of the Lake County Board has made our county meetings more accessible to all by recording and making available more committee meetings.