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St. Charles needs competent mayor

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St. Charles needs competent mayor

St. Charles certainly needs a competent executive as mayor.

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The city's property tax rate is 28 percent higher than Geneva's and 23 percent higher than Batavia's.

St. Charles' per capita debt is 40 percent higher than Geneva's and 109 percent higher than Batavia's.

The city budget shows red ink for years to come.

The failed First Street Redevelopment Project is a mess even after the city has spent $31 million.

Sixteen million dollars of Costco city sales taxes are paying for bonds that subsidized Costco's purchase of land. The city is rebating sales tax funds back to five existing St. Charles companies. Citizens have been protesting for years to keep detrimental real estate developments from being approved.

The people of St. Charles are most fortunate to have a mayoral candidate who is extremely competent and his name is Jake Wyatt. He is a retired army colonel who was awarded the Bronze Star for valor while serving in Vietnam. In the Persian Gulf War, Jake supervised 100 logistics experts and interfaced with 33 coalition nations to provide for the procurement and placement of $57 billion worth of supplies, equipment and services into the combat theater. General Schwarzkopf, who led the 670,000 man army, stated that the logistic effort was "herculean."

His most emotional and memorable military experience was in Vietnam when he helped to bring back American soldiers who had been held prisoner in the jungle.

At Sears he was responsible for a $300 million budget and he saved Sears $150 million through cost cutting and cost avoidance.

Because Jake cares about people, if elected, he will implement a "Mayor's Open Door Policy" to hold bimonthly meetings one hour prior to city council meetings and have meetings on Monday mornings where citizens can freely express their concerns, ideas, and issues.

Gene Kalley

St. Charles

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