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Joseph Skurla: Candidate Profile

Tower Lakes Village Board (4-year Terms) (Independent)

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  • Joseph Skurla, running for Tower Lakes Village Board (4-year Terms)

    Joseph Skurla, running for Tower Lakes Village Board (4-year Terms)




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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City: Tower Lakes

Website: Candidate did not respond.

Office sought: Tower Lakes Village Board (4-year Terms)

Age: 63

Family: Married, 3 children, 11 grandchildren

Occupation: Previously was a senior executive in the chemical, petrochemical, alternative fuel industries. Currently retired.

Education: Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering, University of Pennsylvania, 1971

Civic involvement: Candidate did not respond.

Elected offices held: Candidate did not respond.

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

Candidate's Key Issues

Key Issue 1

Promoting the character of our village while maintaining fiscal balance.

Key Issue 2

Candidate did not respond.

Key Issue 3

Candidate did not respond.

Questions & Answers

What makes you the best candidate for the job?

Background in international business and living in many locations provide me with the perspective necessary to help our village maintain its special character while meeting fiscal and social challenges.

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.

Sales tax is too high and inhibits growth. Growth will provide fiscal balance.

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.

Safety in our schools. Will be improved through education, moderate gun control and improved on-site security.

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?

All areas need to be addressed. There is no silver bullet.

What's one good idea you have to better the community that no one is talking about yet?

Prioritizing projects to meet the general needs of our community within budgetary constraints.