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Office sought: Elburn Village Board (4-year Terms)
Family: Married, 3 children
Occupation: Manager, Kane County Subdivision & Special Projects Division
Education: Bachelor of Science in Watershed Management & Natural Resource Management, University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point, 1986
Civic involvement: AWANA Teacher @ Christ Community Church Community Group Leader @ Christ Community Church
Elected offices held: Trustee-Village of Elburn 2009-2012
Have you ever been arrested for or convicted of a crime? If yes, please explain: No
Key Issue 1
Retain as many Village of Elburn businesses and encourage new businesses to relocate to the Village.
Key Issue 2
Adopt and encourage the Village of Elburn Comprehensive Land Use Plan.
Key Issue 3
Complete Anderson Road Bridge.
What makes you the best candidate for the job?
I think I have demonstrated fiscal restraint over the past four years and have displayed common sense in dealing with Village of Elburn issues.
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 the Village of Elburn's sales tax is right and I would not propose a change to it.
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.
Traffic delays at the Illinois Route 47 and railroad crossing, this continues to be an issue and one of the best ways to resolve this is to give our residents and public safety agencies(police and fire) an alternative way to cross the rail lines is needed. One solution is the completion of the Anderson Road Bridge.
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?
I believe our police budget is an issue, last year a referendum was presented that would have provided additional funding for the pensions of the existing police officers but it failed. If we do not either modify the way we provide police protection in the Village of Elburn or generate additional revenues, we will need to reduce another area of Village services to continue to provide the existing degree of police service.
What's one good idea you have to better the community that no one is talking about yet?
It is not a new idea, but I believe to better our community we need to "Shop Elburn" and use the variety of services we have.