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City: West Chicago
Website: Candidate did not respond.
Office sought: Winfield Township Highway Commissioner (4-year Term)
Family: Married, 1 child
Occupation: Foreman for Winfield Township Road District
Education: Certified Arborist
Civic involvement: West Chicago Lions Club
Elected offices held: Candidate did not respond.
Have you ever been arrested for or convicted of a crime? If yes, please explain: No
Key Issue 1
Fiscal responsiblity in the providing of services to the taxpayers of Winfield Township.
Key Issue 2
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Key Issue 3
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Name the three most important goals or objectives this board should tackle in the coming term. Prioritize them, and briefly discuss why you believe each to be critical, and how the board should go about addressing them.
The Highway Commissioner is not a memeber of the board, however, I would like to see the board continue to work together as they do to uphold the high quality of services that are currently provided to the taxpayers by all the offices of Winfield Township.
In the 21st Century, with municipalities gobbling up vacant land, why are townships needed? Should they be serving a new role? If so, what?
In 25 years Winfield Township has lost only 3 miles of road, indicating the taxpayers chose to stay unincorporated. Winfield Townshp currently maintains 43 center line miles (86 lane miles) of road. If DuPage County were to take over the roads maintained by the Townships, it would double the number of miles under their jurisdiction, which would greatly increase the cost as compared to the current amount a taxpayer pays. As Highway Commissioner I will faithfully look for ways to maintain services while remaining fiscally sound.
What should be the primary responsibility of township government?
Township Government is mandated to provide many services such as general assistance, assesing property and mainteance of roads of the unicorporated areas. Township Government should provide these services to the tax payers while being fiscally responsible.
In these hard economic times, can you identify some township expenses/programs that could be trimmed or eliminated to reduce the tax burden?
Road District Tax is less that 2% of a tax bill. Levy and budgets are limited but yet must be fexible to accomodate the unexpected such as tornados, micorbusts, blizzards, flooding all that have occured in the past few years. There has to be room for flexibility which sometimes requires planned spending to be postponed to finance the unexpected. I pledge to set goals to deliver the best possible services for the least possible cost.
What specific background or experience do you bring that makes you the best qualified candidate to serve as an elected official in the township?
17 years of hands on experience 4 years as Foreman Certified Arborist Experienced equipment operator Commericial Driver's License (CDL)