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Donald Newby: Candidate Profile

Round Lake Village Board (4-year Terms)

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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: Round Lake

Website: http://www.electcitizensfirst.com

Office sought: Round Lake Village Board (4-year Terms)

Age: 54

Family: Single. 1 Daughter Marie Newby

Occupation: Public Servant

Education: Highschool Diploma, Some college for FireFighterII/E.M.T.

Civic involvement: President of The Fox Lake - Round Lake Area Rotary Vice Preesident of the Lake County Center for Independent Living, Helping People with Disabilities live Independantly Volenteer at the Round Lake Fire Department

Elected offices held: Trustee- Village Of Round Lake School Board Menber - Round Lake Unit School District 116

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

Candidate's Key Issues

Key Issue 1

Taxes

Key Issue 2

Honest Government

Key Issue 3

Transportation

Questions & Answers

What makes you the best candidate for the job?

Over 20 years of experience, Serving on Boards and Committees including: Building and Zoning, Police, Finance, Public Works, Special Events, SWALCO, CENCOM 911 (Public Safety Communications Center) and Joint Action Water Authority

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.

Tax is just right

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.

521 Foreclosed Properties in Round Lake. This leads to Vacant Buidings and unsightly properties. Will address the Foreclosed, vacant and unsightly properties by NOT RAISING TAXES, keeping a high presence of police and KEEP Close contaCT with the Banks to enforce our property Maintenance Codes.

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?

I HAVE WORKED HARD TO MAINTAIN A BALANCED BUDGET, WHERE OUR EXPENDITURES DO NOT EXCEED OUR REVENUES. WE DO NEED TO PAY CLOSE ATTENTION TO FUNDING AND IMPLEMENTING OUR CAPITAL PLAN

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

RE-ESTABLISH GOOD WORKING RELATIONSHIPS WITH OUR COUNTY AND LOCAL AGENCY'S IN NETWORKING AND SHARING RESOUECES TO CONTINUE TO PROVIDE EXCEPTIONAL SERVICE FOR OUR RESIDENT'S

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