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John Payson: Candidate Profile

Rutland Township Board (4-year Terms) (Republican)

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City: Hampshire

Website: Candidate did not respond.

Office sought: Rutland Township Board (4-year Terms)

Age: 63

Family: Married, 2 children

Occupation: IT Consultant

Education: ECC Elgin, IL. - Wang Technical Institute, Lowell Ma.

Civic involvement: Trustee on Pingree Grove Fire protection district 10 years. Trustee On Rutland Township 1.5 years (Appointed by the board to replace outgoing Trustee).

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

To keep our Township levies as low as possibly.

Key Issue 2

Candidate did not respond.

Key Issue 3

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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.

1 Continue to freeze property tax levies at current levels 2 Limit compensation for elected officials to part-time ststus 3 Freeze compensation of board members

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

I am an advocate for smaller government. This is not the case in our township at this time.

What should be the primary responsibility of township government?

1st Maintain the Township roads and bridges 2nd Appraise property values 3rd Administer the general assistance program to qualified residents

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

There current board is very conservative. We review every bid and current bill looking for ways to save money.

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 have lived in Rutland township for 15 years. I have been a business owner for 25 years.