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  1. Frankly, all communities do not need to serve everyone in the world. While there is always a political effort to develop “affordable housing” in high income areas, isn’t it strange that there never seems to be political agendas to develop high income housing in poor areas. So “diversity”, again, seems to work only in one direction.

    One of the stated goals of this project has always been to help long time senior residents to stay in Lake Forest. What a benevolent goal! We could build crappy apartment buildings and move our parents from their lifelong homes into this “housing” so they could afford to stay here. I would submit that the main reason that they are typically forced to move is the high property taxes (and retirement income taxes) that they are forced to pay the government in their retirement.

    If this goal is the real motivation behind affordable housing, why not discuss serious tax relief for retirees (they already do get some tax relief)? That would allow them to not only stay in LF, but also stay in the homes where they raised their children and spend their lives. Hmmm, I wonder why not…

    As far as housing people who work in Lake Forest, this is not the role of government. While I understand that it’s a shame that some people who work here have to live in such undesirable places as Lake Bluff or Gurnee (of course, our teachers are paid more than enough to live wherever they please), this agenda item has no place in governmental justification for the expenditure of taxpayer money or the limitation of free enterprise in Lake Forest.

    Aristotle said that there is no greater inequity than trying to make unequal things equal.

    • There are already a number of ways to get property tax relief:
      http://tax.illinois.gov/LocalGovernment/PropertyTax/taxrelief.htm

      They include:
      Senior Citizens Assessment Freeze Homestead Exemption (SCAFHE)
      Senior Citizens Homestead Exemption
      Senior Citizens Real Estate Tax Deferral Program

      Also:
      Returning Veterans’ Homestead Exemption
      General Homestead Exemption (GHE)
      Homestead Exemption for Persons with Disabilities
      Veterans with Disabilities Exemption for Specially-Adapted Housing
      Standard Homestead Exemption for Veterans with Disabilities
      Homestead Improvement Exemption

      So it appears that senior citizens already have ways to make their existing homes more affordable. Maybe some of our residents should look into these programs.

      It is not the job of our representatives to make Lake Forest more affordable for those who do not already live here. It is not too much to ask our government officials to represent their constituents and do what’s best for our community. I would assume that those people who can not afford to move here already live somewhere else and have their own representatives working to make their communities better, and that they are doing nothing to make life better for the citizens of Lake Forest. This is not selfishness, this is the proper functioning of representative government.

      I think our leaders’ time would be better spent on finding ways to deal with the impending fiscal disaster in Illinois, considering that they are going to need a LOT of other people’s money to fix it, and where do you think they will go to get that money? They will go where there is money. They will look at Lake Forest and similar communities and think “Cash Cow”. How are we going to defend ourselves? Is anyone working on this? Where is the discussion happening? What’s the plan? I’d like to know the progress.

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