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City: South Elgin
Office sought: Kane County Board District 16
Family: Married to Amanda Sauceda.
Occupation: Midwest Sales Manager at Robis Elections
Education: Bachelor of Science in History, Western Illinois University, 2006
Civic involvement: Awana Boys and Girls Club,
Elected offices held: Precinct Committeeman, Elgin Township
Have you ever been arrested for or convicted of a crime? If yes, please explain: NA
Key Issue 1
Freezing the property tax levy.
Key Issue 2
Lower the County gas tax.
Key Issue 3
Finding creative ways to reduce County expenses while maintaining the best possible service to our residents.
Do you support a more stringent ethics ordinance for Kane County governing the conduct of elected officials and county employees' Why or why not? If so, what should the ordinance contain?
Yes, I do support more stringent ethics ordinances. The County leadership should lead by example and not profit from our neighbors and friends. I believe there needs to be some type of punishment, weather civil or criminal charges, enforced by the County States Attorney.
The county's portion of gambling proceeds has been decreasing every year for several years. What is your plan to prioritize use of that money? What might be done to wean the agencies and programs that receive this money off of it?
The priority for that money should be the education systems where the casinos are. Both Elgin and Aurora have struggling economies where the youth are at risk. Keeping the Casino money local is the only thing I see as being positive aspect of Casinos in Kane County.
"Weaning" agencies off the money is not a huge issue to me. They are given a budget just like all the families in Kane County have, they need to live within that budget.
Do you believe the Kane County court system needs a computer system upgrade that might cost as much as $12.6 million? If so, do you support using RTA sales tax money to fund the cost, or do you have a different plan? If not, what is your alternative plan?
The Circuit Clerk and the leaders behind the settlement have all announced their plans to retire at the end of this year. Enough time, energy, and valuable tax payer resources has been spent on an issue that could have been avoided. As your county board representative, I promise to help the county move on and prevent similar disputes from happening again. I am the only candidate in the race that has the leadership qualities and maturity to prevent this from happening again.
My alternative plan would have been to get Juno Software involved and pay the support and maintenance fees in order to have Juno work to bring the system up-to-date. Doing this would have given the county more time to come up with a plan to implement and plan for a new system. "New" does not always mean better especially at an expense of $12.6 million dollars.
Do you believe county board members and the chairman should receive health insurance and pension benefits' If you are running for one of those positions, do you plan on accepting those benefits' Why or why not?
I have been blessed with the ability to receive health insurance by other means. Others are not as fortunate. If it is a need for the board member, I don't see why we don't meet that need and take care of those who are serving the citizens of Kane County. As for pensions, all jobs have rewards. As long as it is within reason, I don't see why giving back to those who are elected to serve the public should not be cared for. The problem comes when you have multiple, government funded pensions. This is a practice that should be illegal. One pension is enough; anything more is greed and robbery from the citizens of Kane County and the State of Illinois.
How do you resolve the ongoing debate over the county board setting budgets for departments run by other elected officials whom the county board has no control over? How should the county board enforce the budgets it sets'
Communication, communication, communication. Each and every person elected to protect and serve our county has an obligation to each and every resident. That obligation is to use the tax payer's money the best possible way, not to waste it. Budgets are given for a reason. We must communicate with each manager, director, and elected official that they must live within the means given to them.
We can only spend what comes in. If we want more money, than we need more residents. Getting more residence to move to Kane County is easy- we must make Kane County an attractive place to live, grow a family, build a business, and enjoy life.