William Pflanz: Candidate Profile
West Dundee Village Board (4-year Terms)
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City: West Dundee
Website: Candidate did not respond.
Office sought: West Dundee Village Board (4-year Terms)
Occupation: Pharmacy Technician/Operations Supervisor
Education: Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2010
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
Key Issue 1
The first issue that I see as a priority for West Dundee is to work towards developing Randall Road. This will provide the town with additional revenue and utilize assets that are already held by the village. Due to the decline in occupancy in other commercial areas, it has become necessary to create and re-purpose areas that will be attractive to draw businesses to West Dundee.
Key Issue 2
The second issue that needs attention is the revitalization of Main St. The majority of the people that I have spoken with in the town have expressed that they would like to see more shops, restaurants, and community resources along down town Main St. I think that part of making this successful is making the area more accessible and convenient for patrons of businesses that would be interested in the area. The other main component is of this issue is to work with the current business and help ensure that they can continue to serve the community.
Key Issue 3
The final item is that I would like to see the services that are currently provided by the village continue and to limit increases in taxes to cover the services. Many services that are valuable, or necessary, are handled by the village (waste collection, leaf pick up, plowing, etc.) and are a benefit to living in West Dundee. The current trend of many areas is to eliminate these programs due to budgetary concerns; however, I would like to see that these programs are modified to fit within the budget instead of eliminated.
What makes you the best candidate for the job?
I am the best candidate for the job because I have experience working with groups and also leadership skills that will enable me to be a voice for those in the community. I have been a resident of the area my entire life and would like to see the area continue to have the same appeal to others.
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.
The present sales tax level is adequate under the current circumstances. However, we will need to review the feasibility of reducing the sales tax to attract businesses to West Dundee. A small reduction in the sales tax to attract more businesses to the area will be offset by the increased volume of goods and services that provided. The development of Randall Rd, the revitalization of the downtown area, and working towards revival. Or repurposing, of the Mall area should enable the town to create adequate revenue.
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.
A significant public safety concern for West Dundee is the mature trees located along the walkways and streets. There are a large amount trees that have dead limbs, or are completely dead. These trees are a have the potential to cause property damage and could also result in injury. The solution for this problem is to ensure that the village has the staff and budget for public works department to evaluate and remove the trees, or sections of the trees.
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?
The current budget offers many benefits to the community and has programs to continue to draw and retain businesses in West Dundee. The current budget offers a good balance across the board to ensure that the expectations and obligations of the Village are fulfilled; however, I do feel that each item on the budget should be scrutinized to maintain that the proper allocation of funding is applied to prevent waste.
What's one good idea you have to better the community that no one is talking about yet?
There are already many ideas and programs in the works across the village from Dickens in Dundee to Heritage Fest. It is hard to create an idea that isn't being talked about or already in the works. The association with the township also provides the residents with a large number of benefits and services. One topic that I feel needs more attention is the river. While the river is low due to the lasting effects from the drought, it would be nice to set up an event through the village to encourage volunteers to help clean the litter and garbage from the river that has been exposed by the low water level.
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