John W. Marshall: Candidate Profile
Long Grove Village Board (4-year Terms)
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City: Long Grove
Website: Candidate did not respond.
Office sought: Long Grove Village Board (4-year Terms)
Family: Married with one daughter
Occupation: General contractor
Education: Three years of college/architecture program
Civic involvement: Long Grove Village Board Trustee, Architectural Committee of Country Club Estates Homeowners Association, Long Grove Business and Community Partners Design Committee
Elected offices held: Village of Long Grove Board Trustee
Have you ever been arrested for or convicted of a crime? If yes, please explain: None
Key Issue 1
Procuring the necessary funds for road work and snow plowing that are currently under funded in our present budget.
Key Issue 2
Working with an ad hoc committee to determine how to deal with old existing structures within the historic district that may need to be rebuilt to meet current mechanical, electrical and fire protection code requirements.
Key Issue 3
Increase economic development in the Village.
What makes you the best candidate for the job?
My extensive career in the construction industry and my ability to work and play well with others which enhances my ability to get things done.
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 level of sales tax is comparable to the other towns in the area but, as we have learned, is not a reliable source of revenue to run our Village.
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.
The streets are in need of repair more than ever and will soon become a safety concern. The residents of Long Grove will need to decide how they would like the Board to handle the shortfall of funds to manage our roads.
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 Board has trimmed the Village's budget down to a minimum working amount and this has decimated the funding dollars for road repair and snow plowing. We need to develop alternate sources of revenue for our future needs.
What's one good idea you have to better the community that no one is talking about yet?
I would like to see a parking meter system installed in the Village lots that would be used during our festival events to bring additional revenue into our budget.
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