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Patricia Smart: Candidate Profile

Avon Township Clerk (4-year Term)

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City: Round Lake Beach

Website: http://Avon Strong.Org.

Office sought: Avon Township Clerk (4-year Term)

Age: 53

Family: Single with 2 adult children

Occupation: Waitress

Education: High School degree,several on line classes affiliated with my appointed and elected positions.

Civic involvement: Secretary of Round Lake area Library board, Member of Lions Club,Vice President of the Round Lake Civic Center Foundation President of Friends Group.

Elected offices held: Secretary of Library Board

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

Candidate's Key Issues

Key Issue 1

Social Services to citizens.

Key Issue 2

To have a realistic responsibility to the future of the citizens.

Key Issue 3

To obtain a fiscal responsibility to taxpayers.

Questions & Answers

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.

To have a clear understanding of financial reports ie: Data. To have a clear communication to residents about services ie: up to date website, press releases and establishing a newsletter. To acquire residential opinion for future township ie:Public availability, services that are needed, and our availability.

In the 21st Century, with municipalities gobbling up vacant land, why are townships needed? Should they be serving a new role? If so, what?

Townships should consistently evolve to meet the citizens needs, to build partnerships.

What should be the primary responsibility of township government?

In these trying economic times it should always be to reduce tax burdens.

In these hard economic times, can you identify some township expenses/programs that could be trimmed or eliminated to reduce the tax burden?

Limiting annual pay increases.

What specific background or experience do you bring that makes you the best qualified candidate to serve as an elected official in the township?

I currently hold elected and appointed positions in the Township. I have brought many ideas and insight to every position. I have a strong public service commitment to every situation I am in.I am always looking to improve myself as well as benefit my town.