Gregory Cutsinger: Candidate Profile
Maple Park Village Board (4-year Terms)
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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.
City: Maple Park
Website: Candidate did not respond.
Office sought: Maple Park Village Board (4-year Terms)
Family: Married for 18 years, 3 kids ages 16, 14, & 8
Occupation: Branch Manager for large transportation company
Education: B.A. & M.A. in Political Science from Ohio University, Athens, OH (1992 & 1994)
Civic involvement: Candidate did not respond.
Elected offices held: Village Trustee, Maple Park, IL 2011-2013
Have you ever been arrested for or convicted of a crime? If yes, please explain: No
Key Issue 1
Working within our limited budget to continue to provide necessary services to all residents of Maple Park.
Key Issue 2
Attracting new business and development to Maple Park, whether or not it is within our TIF district.
Key Issue 3
Continuing to make our village the safe and enjoyable place it is.
What makes you the best candidate for the job?
My 'day' job requires a strong measure of objectivity towards making well though-out decisions and an ability to ensure costs to not exceed revenues. I use those same skills and put forth the same effort in my work on behalf of the village.
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.
I believe that the local tax is adequate.
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.
There are some parking issues we are addressing in the village, including where there are a lot of kids playing. We are in the process of reviewing all of these situations and prioritizing them for resolution.
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?
If we were to make any cuts in our already thin budget, most if not all residents would see some effect at some point. If we were to experience some revenue growth, many streets in Maple Park are in need of repairs. Overall, our infrastructure needs must remain on the frontburner.
What's one good idea you have to better the community that no one is talking about yet?
There are a lot of residents who exercise outside by walking, running or biking. I'd like to find a way to create a sort of 'club' where people could share ideas, congregate for exercising, and maybe foster a little friendly competition for folks to meet whatever health goals they might have.
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