This growth also greatly increased the value of Cicero's commercial base which eased the tax burden of Cicero's homeowners. And for several years the town board avoided tax increases, and established a record of fiscal responsibility that attracted both homeowners and entrepreneurs.
I don't have to tell anyone that the last few years have been difficult. The national recession has taken a toll on everyone: seniors, homeowners industry, businesses and government services. That is why it is so important that town board avoid large tax increases and continue along a path of fiscal responsibility.
If the town board demonstrates that it can operate efficiently during the worst economic catastrophes since the Great Depression, without increasing the burden of its taxpayers, it will put us in a fantastic position for the future.
This recession will not last forever and Cicero is poised to, and must continue to be in a position to, recapture the growth of the last decade.
Jim Corl, Jr. is town councilor in Cicero.