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Office sought: Carpentersville Village Board (4-year Terms)
Family: Widowed with two grown children
Occupation: accounts receivable/billing coordinator
Education: Graduate of 220 Barrington schools with some college courses
Civic involvement: Chairman of Carpentersville Improvement Commission
Chairman of Carpentersville Parks Commission
Former Audit & Finance Commission member
Worked with local high school groups to help with area seniors
Elected offices held: Village Trustee for 4 years
Precinct Committeeman for over 8 years
Have you ever been arrested for or convicted of a crime? If yes, please explain: No
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Continue efforts to improve our image
What makes you the best candidate for the job?
I have been on the board for the last 4 years and involved in my Village for the last 8 years. I am working on a couple of projects for the Village with the Parks Commission. Also to ensure that there is continued effort to work on our infrastructure throughout the Village and maintain fiscal responsibility.
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.
In this economy we need to explore how we can attract new business and retain our existing ones and I think if our local sales tax is high and factors into a new business' decision to locate here or if an existing business is struggling, consideration should be given to reconsider the sales tax.
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.
Currently there is a concern for the conditions in our roads. An aggressive street program was established a few years ago and while many have been redone there is still more to do and will be done but budgetary limitations have slowed down the rate at which we can continue.
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?
Our current budget is very tight and reduction of personnel while maintaining services has been addressed through the past couple of years. However, Emerald Ash Borer has devastated our community like so many and we have initiated a program to address this but funds are limited so we will need to continue to work on this program for both removal and replanting as resources become available.
What's one good idea you have to better the community that no one is talking about yet?
I think surrounding communities should explore the possibilities of shared expenditures and buying of goods, whenever possible, from vendors who would offer discounts for larger orders placed for several municipalities instead of individual ones.