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Janet M. Sirabian: Candidate Profile

Buffalo Grove Village clerk

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  • Janet M. Sirabian, running for Buffalo Grove Village clerk

      Janet M. Sirabian, running for Buffalo Grove Village clerk

 

 

 

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Note: Answers provided have not been edited for grammar, misspellings or typos. In some instances, candidate claims that could not be immediately verified have been omitted.

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Bio

City: Buffalo Grove

Website: Candidate did not respond.

Office sought: Buffalo Grove Village clerk

Age: 69

Family: Single, two children, three grandchildren

Occupation: Corporate accounting for an investment management/financial planning firm.

Education: Some college + numerous Institutes and seminars related to the position of Village Clerk.

Civic involvement: Chair of Buffalo Grove 50th Anniversary Committee

Hope Lutheran Church - numerous activities and committees

Northwest Suburban United Way Board of Directors

Buffalo Grove Relay for Life

Elected offices held: Village Clerk, Buffalo Grove, 1979-Present

Have you ever been arrested for or convicted of a crime? If yes, please explain: No.

Candidate's Key Issues

Key Issue 1

I would like to see voter turnout increase, particularly in municipal elections, which typically have 10% to 25% participation.

Key Issue 2

I would like to see residents become more aware of what is taking place in the government of the community. Municipal government is what has the most effect on our daily lives. The elected officials are our friends and neighbors and devote a great deal of time to ensuring a quality community.

Key Issue 3

I would like to see more people volunteer in the community. Buffalo Grove would not be the great community that it is without the hundreds of volunteers that contribute. Volunteering means that you have a stake in your community. You become more a part of your community and get to know more people in your neighborhood. And finally, it is a great feeling to know that you have made a contribution.

Questions & Answers

What makes you the best candidate for the job?

My experience and dedication to the Village Clerk position. Also, my knowledge of the community and my connection to the community and the residents after living here for 43 years. I have prepared unbiased and comprehensive minutes of Village Board meetings for 32 years. These minutes are available for inspection on the Village website or at Village Hall. I am honored to have served as Village Clerk for all these years. I enjoy this job and I love this community.

Given the delicate balance between the need for revenue and over-taxing local businesses, what is your opinion of your community's present level of local sales taxes? Is the tax just right, too low or too high? Explain.

Since the Clerk does not vote on policy decisions, I do not believe it is appropriate for me to answer this question.

Talking with your friends and neighbors, what seems to be their biggest public safety concern? Explain the concern as you see it, and discuss how you think it should be addressed.

Since the Clerk does not vote on policy decisions, I do not believe it is appropriate for me to answer this question.

In these tight economic times, municipal budgets have to be prioritized. Where, if anywhere, could the current budget be trimmed, and conversely, are there areas the budget does not give enough money to?

Since the Clerk does not vote on policy decisions, I do not believe it is appropriate for me to answer this question.

What's one good idea you have to better the community that no one is talking about yet?

The Clerk's office deals with government and not politics. The Clerk's office is continually seeking ideas to better serve our residents. Both the Village Clerk and the Deputy Village Clerk attend sessions offered by the County Clerk's offices, and the state and local Municipal Clerk's associations. We want to make it as simple as possible for residents to transact business with Village Hall. That being said, we also welcome residents to come in to Village Hall to transact business. We want you to see who we are and what we do.

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