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City: Sugar Grove
Website: Candidate did not respond.
Office sought: Sugar Grove parks
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
Key Issue 1
Preparing for future growth
Key Issue 2
Serving all age groups with programs
Key Issue 3
Candidate did not respond.
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.