John DeBartolo: Candidate Profile
Glendale Heights Village Board District 2 (4-year Term)
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City: Glendale Heights
Website: Candidate did not respond.
Office sought: Glendale Heights Village Board District 2 (4-year Term)
Family: Married, 7 children, 8 grandchildren
Education: High School Diploma
Civic involvement: Elected Committeeman, Bloomingdale Township Republican Party -
Elected offices held: Precinct 25 Committeeman Bloomingdale Township
Have you ever been arrested for or convicted of a crime? If yes, please explain: Yes I have been arrested but I have never been convicted.
Key Issue 1
Lowering Property Taxes for the entire community.
Key Issue 2
Being fiscally responsible to the residents of Glendale Heights.
Key Issue 3
Being completely transparent with the residents of Glendale Heights.
What makes you the best candidate for the job?
I believe I am the best candidate for Trustee District 2 because I care about all the residents of Glendale Heights. I will be accessible to the residents 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at any time. All of my literature contains my home, office and cell phone numbers. I will also have 1 day a week set aside for residents to come in and share their concerns.
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.
I believe Glendale Heights present level of local sales tax is too high. We have one of the highest sales tax rates in DuPage County.
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.
The biggest public safety concern my friends and neighbors have is the lack of Police presence. I think a solution for this problem is to bring the officers back to the streets. Walking neighborhoods, talking to the residents, and building trust with the younger generation.
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?
Budgets can always be trimmed. At this point I do not know the status of our local budgets. Budgets is going to be my first priority when I take office.
What's one good idea you have to better the community that no one is talking about yet?
Programs that will help our residents such as a community garden, a farmers market, and a food pantry that is available weekly here in Glendale Heights. I would also like to gather information to help our residents with foreclosures.
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