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Office sought: Palatine Village Council District 1 (4-year Term)
Family: Married with three children
Occupation: Entrepreneur/Business Consultant
Education: Bachelor of Science Computer Science, Minors in Business Administration and Mathematics Northern Illinois University, 1983
Civic involvement: PTA, Palatine alternate for O'Hare Noise Compatibility Commission, CCSD15 Board of Education 2005 to 2013, Men's Civic Club, Coach for multiple youth sports
Elected offices held: Board Member Community Consolidated School District 15 2005-2013.
Have you ever been arrested for or convicted of a crime? If yes, please explain: No.
Key Issue 1
Keeping Palatine a great place to live and work.
Key Issue 2
Creating a more competitive business climate which will push down taxes.
Key Issue 3
Reducing some of the taxes while maintaing the level of service the community receives.
What makes you the best candidate for the job?
My dedication to the community as shown by my service on the school board as well as decades of business experience running international companies. I am a problem solver.
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.
In some areas our taxes are too high and may discourage business investment. The stronger the business environment the less burden it will be on the residents. If taxes are more competitive, more businesses would come to our area, increasing the opportunity for employment and increasing Village revenue.
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.
Overall Palatine is a very safe community. In my local district, residential burglaries at certain times have been a concern. Some of this can be addressed with better communication and education with the residents.
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?
We have to address costs that are exceeding our revenue and determine which areas provide the people of Palatine with the most benefit and which areas provide us with the least. We need to continue to invest in our infrastructure to provide a safer environment for the community.
What's one good idea you have to better the community that no one is talking about yet?
Identifying areas to share resources between governments. I have shared those specific ideas with the Village staff.