It is hard not be enthused about the five areas of governance that Oak Park’s village board has chosen to focus on in the coming year.
In addition to community safety, discussed above, the board pledges to finally get the village government’s act together on intentionally focusing on racial equity. Somewhere, somehow the village got sidetracked and then divided on a topic that ought to be foundational to how we govern this community. There is an interesting focus on neighborhoods that includes how limited capital improvement dollars are spent. The goals call for a focus on North Avenue and Roosevelt Road. That’s revolutionary. Sustainability also rises to the major goal list with a range of practical and aspirational targets.
The lead goal is community affordability. This is a particular purpose of Village President Vicki Scaman. It starts with a continuing lid of 3 percent increases on the village portion of property taxes. But it also included a review of the fees that drive Oak Parkers nuts while bleeding them semi-dry.
This is worthy work that the village board is taking on.