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Marilyn J. Karr: Candidate Profile

Schaumburg Village clerk

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  • Marilyn J. Karr, running for Schaumburg Village clerk

    Marilyn J. Karr, running for Schaumburg Village clerk




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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City: Schaumburg

Website: Candidate did not respond.

Office sought: Schaumburg Village clerk

Age: 71

Family: Widow, 2 children, 6 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren

Occupation: Retired from LaSalle Bank in 2005. Village Clerk since November 2004.

Education: Candidate did not respond.

Civic involvement: Events Committee, Prairie Center for the Arts

Volunteer, Shelter Inc.

Member, Schaumburg Business Association

Elected offices held: Schaumburg Village Clerk

Treasurer, North/Northwest Suburban Clerks

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

Questions & Answers

What makes you the best candidate for the job?

I recognize that in starting a new career it is necessary to get the education necessary to perforn the job. Since I became Village Clerk in 2004 I have received my Registered Municipal Clerk certification from the Municipal Clerks of Illinois and my Certified Municipal Clerk certification from the International Institute of Municipal Clerks. I am currently working of my Master Clerk certification. My records are accurate and up to date. I am available to be at civic events as necessary.

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.

We have been fortunate due the fiscal responsibility of the President, Board and Staff to maintain the services that the businesses and residents deem necessary to maintain the quality of life that we have in Schaumburg during the currect financial downturn. That is why we have not had a Property Tax since the Village was incorporated. The Property Tax rate wil continue to decrease as business increases and the income from the taxes that the residents and out of towners pay. We have been fortunate in Schaumburg and will continue to be so with the forward outlook of the current Elected Officials.

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.

Candidate did not respond.

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?

Candidate did not respond.

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

Candidate did not respond.