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Kaz Mohan: Candidate Profile

Hoffman Estates Park Board (4-year Terms) (Independent)

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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: Hoffman Estates

Website: Candidate did not respond.

Office sought: Hoffman Estates Park Board (4-year Terms)

Age: 69

Family: Candidate did not respond.

Occupation: Engineer

Education: Civil Engineer and Business Management

Civic involvement: Illinois Highway Engineering Association, Willow Creek Church volunteer. Chamber of Commerce Golf Committee, Community Representative for the Park District 2 years.

Elected offices held: Hoffman Estates Park District Board Of Commissioners past 10 years.

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

Candidate's Key Issues

Key Issue 1

Maintain a first class park district for all residents while maintaining fiscal responsibility, keeping in mind the taxpayers.

Key Issue 2

NO DEFICIT SPENDING, LIVE WITHIN OUR MEANS.

Key Issue 3

Always be open minded and explore the possibilities for our future. A few thoughts are hot air ballooning and horseback riding. Partnership with the village to help promote new ideas, events and promgrams at the Sears Centre.

Questions & Answers

What programs aren't paying for themselves? Would you keep, eliminate or change them? How and why?

Most park district programs for kids and active adults usually do not pay for themselves. For example, the registration fees only cover a small portion of the actual cost. Parks themselves make no revenue but, like the programs are needed for the community. This is why we have a park district. A portion of our revenue is from the participants the balance is from the tax base. The best we can do is maintain a reasonable balance, to keep programs affordable, and only levy the most minimal property taxes possible. We have a few revenue centers, the golf course and Prairie Stone Health and Wellness center actually pay for themselves, and in goods years contribute funds to the district.

Is there any additional open space the park district needs to acquire? Please describe.

The only possible open space the district will aquire by law is some future residential develompement. The developer must donate some land for parks and recreation.

Are there any unmet recreational needs? If yes, what are they and how would you propose paying for them? Or, should they wait until the economy improves?

Being a gold medal park district nationwide we have met most needs, with perhaps the exception of a swimming pool on the north side of Hoffman Estates. However, there is no land or funds to do this project currently.

Would you support sharing/pooling resources (i.e. printing, vehicles) with other local governments (school districts, village, etc.)? If so, what areas would you consider combining or merging to save money or improve efficiency?

We already do this with the village, the school district, the libaray district and in the past with the township. For example we mow for the village, and get water and project permit fees at no charge to our residents.

If you are a newcomer, what prompted you to run for the park board? If you're an incumbent, list your accomplishments or key initiatives in which you played a leadership role.

Over the past 10 years, we accomplished revenue producing centers like Prarie Stone, Triphahn center ice arena, redesigned the golf course, built 2 dog parks, added additional soccer fields, and developed Tropicana and the Vogelie property. Willow creek was updated. The Palatine library now pays us rent for it's space at Willow. A massive remodel for the Country club with a wedding pavillion has added much revenue. I have served on all the committees as the chairmen.

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