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Louis Matuska: Candidate Profile

South Barrington Village Board (2-year Term) (Independent)

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City: South Barrington

Website: http://none

Office sought: South Barrington Village Board (2-year Term)

Age: 66

Family: Married with two children.

Occupation: Retired from transportation industry.

Education: BA Math & Philosophy MA Finance & Economics

Civic involvement: SBL HOA

Elected offices held: none

Have you ever been arrested for or convicted of a crime? If yes, please explain: no

Candidate's Key Issues

Key Issue 1

Basically I'm here to help as needed with Village issues as they arise and carry out the oversight duties and responsibilities of a trustee.

Key Issue 2

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Key Issue 3

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Questions & Answers

What makes you the best candidate for the job?

Having the time and desire to learn about local issues impacting 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.

Nobody likes to pay unnecessary taxes but from what I have seen, by looking at the books, i think we are right on target and very close to where we need to be. I really have not noticed any excesses.

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.

Fire and Police considerations are always a concern in maintaining a safe community but I'm not hearing any complaints or issues with them. Next are the roads. They can always use improvement.

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 can better answer this question after sitting thru the next budget process, but again, i think the Village is running a pretty tight operation.

What's one good idea you have to better the community that no one is talking about yet?

I'm in the learning phase of this office and i'm not sure what others are thinking about doing so my main concern is doing the business of the Village as efficiently as possible right now.