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City: Glen Ellyn
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Office sought: Milton Township Board (4-year Terms)
Occupation: Chief Financial Officer & Treasurer of Professional Paving & Concrete Company, Inc.
Education: Glenbard South High School, 2001 Bachelors, Social Science, Benedictine University, 2005 M.B.A. Finance, Benedictine University, 2007
Civic involvement: Milton Township CERT Team Glen Ellyn Parks Foundation Glen Ellyn Partnership for Educational Progress Milton Township Committeeman Shop with Law Enforcement DuPage Young Republicans
Elected offices held: Board Member, Glenbard Township District 87 2009-Current
Have you ever been arrested for or convicted of a crime? If yes, please explain: No.
Key Issue 1
If Elected to the Township Board as a Trustee, my first goal would be to act as a custodian and steward of taxpayer dollars. I would like to continue Milton Township's budget tradition of maintaining a reserve. In these economic times, it is important that elected officials make every dollar count.
Key Issue 2
Continue to provide topnotch service to our constituents. As a lifelong resident of Milton Township, I am extremely impressed with the way the Township has handled highway cleanup, mosquito abatement, and addressing the social needs of the Township. As a township trustee, it would be my goal to mirror this great work with other agencies of government within Milton Township. For example, improve communication between the Township, and respective City and Village Governments.
Key Issue 3
The third issue I would address if elected to the Township Board would be to increase the awareness of the all-volunteer, non-tax payer funded programs that Milton Township provides to its residents. For example, the Township provides an all-volunteer, non-taxpayer funded Food Pantry, Senior Committee, and Youth Program. These programs were created to address some of the social needs within Milton Township. I would work diligently to increase fundraising efforts for the Milton Township Food Pantry. The food pantry has received a record number of demands for resources, and I believe that we should make every effort possible to assist those with the most serious needs.
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.
My first goal would be to audit the current positions and tasks of the Township. Many businesses with in the Township needed to become more efficient with their resources, and I believe that it is the Township's obligation to do likewise. It is our duty to be optimizing the reach of the tax payers? money. My second objective as Trustee would be to work with our Highway Commissioner to ensure that he has the adequate resources available to him to service our roads. Third, the board should continue to communicate with the assessor to ensure that he is available for questions of concerned tax payers in Milton Township. As concerned residents continue to inquire how their tax dollars are being used, it is crucial to allow the taxpayers of the township more accessibility to the assessor through improved customer service.
In the 21st Century, with municipalities gobbling up vacant land, why are townships needed? Should they be serving a new role? If so, what?
As a lifelong resident of Glen Ellyn, I am extremely impressed with the services that Milton Township provides. Milton Township continues to serve over 86 miles of road. In addition to its everyday duties, the township provides an all-volunteer Food Pantry, Senior Committee, and Youth Program. The township provides these services at a cost that is lower than other levels of government.
What should be the primary responsibility of township government?
The primary responsibilities of Milton Township is to assess taxes for commercial and residential property, maintain the roadways in the unincorporated areas, mosquito abatement, run the general assistance program, and work to make Milton Township a great place to open a business and raise a family.
In these hard economic times, can you identify some township expenses/programs that could be trimmed or eliminated to reduce the tax burden?
Milton Township has always operated with a balanced budget and continuously looks for ways to operate more efficiently. The conversion to Health Savings Accounts has brought the cost of healthcare down. The use of beet juice by the highway department is a cost effective and environmentally friendly way to combat the brutal Illinois winters. As a trustee, I will work with the various levels of government to coordinate the bulk purchase of products to save taxpayer dollars. This coordination will lower costs and allow each government to stretch each taxpayer dollar further.
What specific background or experience do you bring that makes you the best qualified candidate to serve as an elected official in the township?
Since 2009, I have served on the Glenbard Township District 87 School Board. While on this board, I have served on the Finance Committee, Policy Committee, and the Student Performance and Achievement Committee. Every year while on the board, we have approved a balanced budget and renegotiated our employee contracts. We accomplished these important issues by listening to all of the parties and most importantly the constituents of the district. My private sector experience as Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Professional Paving and Concrete Company, Inc., has taught me to bring all parties into the discussion of the important issues. By having all parties brought into the discussion this ensures each perspective is explored before making the final decision. I hope to use my experience from both positions to improve the operations of township government. As a candidate, I offer experience, integrity, and honesty.