The Naperville city council authorizes some large tax dollar expenses, most for needed purposes, some for good reasons, and some just to look good, but in actuality are a total waste of dollars.
Recently the council approved up to $500,000 to reduce firefighters exposure to harmful chemicals by replacing its front line equipment for protecting personnel from health risks due to existing equipment. Dollars well spent. I’m old school. If it benefits the police or fire departments and first responders, it benefits all of us. They should never have to fight for dollars to make their jobs safer or easier. That needs to be the first priority of city officials; public safety.
On the other end of the tax-dollar expense spectrum is DIE (diversity, inclusion, and equity). The City has a six-figure salaried person in charge of the department. Good for her to be in charge, but does anyone really know what’s happening that adds value for residents? Or is it simply a “feel good” effort that has no useful end result. If nothing is being accomplished, it’s probably a good thing.