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The Mission paul serwatka lakewood tax fighter

Promoting and Restoring Accountable Government and Lowering Property Tax Burdens For Lakewood Families.

“The Lakewood Tax-Fighter & Better Government Project” is the first of its kind, serving to promote and restore accountability in our village government and actually reduce property tax burdens for Lakewood families.


More specifically, the project aims to:


  • Expand awareness of pertinent village issues

  • Organize and engage Lakewood residents

   Lakewood Residents Gather For Property Tax Referendum Petitions   

  • Promote and restore truth, transparency and fiscally responsible policies

  • Reduce the property tax levy & lower property tax burdens  

  • Identify & elect board members who pledge a firm dedication to all of these


The Lakewood Tax-Fighter & Better Government Project” was registered with the State Board of Elections in August, 2016. Registration information and Statement of Organization can be found on the State’s website by clicking on the link below: 



Something Entirely Different 


There are many “feel-good”, and I believe disingenuous, so-called “initiatives” out there claiming to stand for “Better Government” or “Property Tax Relief.”

Some hold protests, some collect data, most ask for money, some even have meetings - yet few of these ever seem to really achieve anything that actually affects the taxes we pay or, in any measurable way, impacts the quality of life for those who sign-on.

“The Lakewood Tax-Fighter & Better Government Project”  is something ENTIRELY DIFFERENT!

Our recent success in getting Lakewood's (and McHenry County's) First-Ever Property Tax Levy Referendum on the November General Election ballot – and then ensuring it's overwhelming success with more than 2000 Lakewood residents, representing more than 92% of Lakewood voters making their voices heard, at the ballot box,  is but one small example of what The Project will achieve!

This Project will be a REAL, concerted effort of Lakewood residents that WILL yield REAL, TANGIBLE and MEASURABLE RESULTS for Lakewood residents and will noticeably and positively impact the quality of life for Lakewood families by restoring accountable government and actually LOWERING our property tax burden!


This can only be achieved with the help and support of our Lakewood friends and neighbors.


I sincerely hope you will join in our efforts.




Paul Serwatka 

Lakewood Tax-Fighter

Village of Lakewood Trustee



A copy of our report with the State Board of Elections is available on the Board's official website: www.elections.il.gov  (CLICK HERE)

Copyright 2016, Lakewood Tax-Fighter & Better Government Project