Steve Balich Believes Government Needs to Serve the People (Will County, IL) — Steve Balich entered politics because he saw too many instances where the people were not getting served correctly. It has been his guiding light and mission when he fights against laws and resolutions that he views as failing the public good.
“The government is supposed to serve people, not people serving the government,” said Balich.
Balich is running for Will County Board. Elected to the Will County Board November 2012, he has served on all the committees except executive. He has more than 30 years as a teamster and served on the Homer Township Board as a Trustee for eight years and Clerk for four years. Some of his accomplishments include being part of the Republican Caucus that lowered the tax rate while building a new Public Safety Building, Court House, Health Department. In addition, he helped start a program to replace squad cars on a yearly basis. He stopped code violations initiated by aerial photos where code violations are now complaint driven.
“Before they were using aerial photos by Google Earth to perform flyovers and using aerial photographs to give people code violations. I got that changed so that they can’t use aerial photos at all anymore to initiate a code violation. I didn’t like the idea of the government using code enforcement as a tool to put people in their place,” said Balich.
He also argued that code inspectors can only inspect the violation they came to regulate and didn’t have the right to write violations for other items that were not part of the original complaint.
He stopped mandatory sprinkler systems from being required in all homes requiring a building permit for some minor repair and maintenance items to homeowners, and passed a resolution allowing the Court to return your money for towing, storage, and administration if not guilty in court. He voted against raises for County wide and County Board elected officials.
Balich supports referendums allowing the public to have a say on how the government spends their money whether that is on programs or parks. “People on the other side of the aisle that are progressives, they think that the more you tax, the better. But the reality of it is that some people are getting taxed out of their homes because they are used to paying one price and then all of a sudden the prices go up one year, then again the following year and at one point they say they can’t afford to live there.”
He is currently the Homer Township Supervisor and believes he brings the same common sense government ideas there as well.
“We’re thinking out of the box. So we’ve got a whole bunch of land and we’re developing our land. And that’s where we’re going to get the revenue and then we’re going to eliminate the property taxes,” said Balich. “Once we develop everything, we have a continual source of income.”
Steve Balich Believes Government Needs to Serve the People