Lake property owners should decide on LID [UPDATED]Published 9:50am Friday, June 28, 2013 Updated 12:03pm Friday, June 28, 2013
It’s difficult to assess whether the establishment of a Lake Improvement District is a good idea.
However, it seems the best way to determine whether a district should be established is to ask the lake residents whether they want it.
The issue has come up this week based on the proposal to create a LID for Star Lake. The district essentially would create a tax on all Star Lake property owners, and the tax eventually would be used to fight invasive species and other water quality issues.
The LID is essentially the lake’s insurance policy.
Some believe it is needed. Others, for example, believe little can be done if an invasive species such as zebra mussels infests a lake, and no amount of money can solve the problem.
That said, the idea that a LID can be created simply having the county board approve a request for one seems, well, undemocratic.
Unless there’s an extreme circumstance such as emergency flooding issues, it seems reasonable that a referendum among all lake property owners would be the best, and most democratic, approach.
If the majority of Star Lake property owners want an LID, so be it. But let them decide.