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Kevin Johnson: Candidate Profile

Sugar Grove parks

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City: Sugar Grove

Website: Candidate did not respond.

Office sought: Sugar Grove parks

Age: 52

Family: married with 2 children

Occupation: Computer Software Engineer

Education: Bachelor of Business from Western Illinois University 1980

Master of Science from Illinois Institute of Technology 1991

Civic involvement: Sugar Grove Community Club

Coach for basketball and baseball

Elected offices held: Park Commissioner 1999-present

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

Candidate's Key Issues

Key Issue 1

Preparing for future growth

Key Issue 2

Serving all age groups with programs

Key Issue 3

Candidate did not respond.

Questions & Answers

What programs aren't paying for themselves? Would you keep, eliminate or change them? How and why?

Due to our low tax rate, programs are paying for themselves. The taxes are going mainly to maintenance activities.

Is there any additional open space the park district needs to acquire? Please describe.

As population growth returns, more space will be needed. The Park District will work with the Village to acquire open space from the new developments.

Are there any unmet recreational needs? If yes, what are they and how would you propose paying for them? Or, should they wait until the economy improves?

In a survey that the Park District performed, there were unmet needs identified. The need for a recreation center and pool will need to wait until people are comfortable with the tax increase needed to build these types of facilities.

Would you support sharing/pooling resources (i.e. printing, vehicles) with other local governments (school districts, village, etc.)? If so, what areas would you consider combining or merging to save money or improve efficiency?

The Park District enjoys a great relationship with other taxing bodies. The School District provides most of the facilities that the Park District uses for programs. The Township, Library District and Park District jointly sponsor an adult center in the Township office.

If you are a newcomer, what prompted you to run for the park board? If you're an incumbent, list your accomplishments or key initiatives in which you played a leadership role.

The Park District board has done a survey and created a Master Plan. These planning tools will be used to guide us in meeting future needs.