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posted: 3/30/2013 5:00 AM

Candidate's math doesn't add up

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Recent public statements by Gurnee mayoral candidate Kirk Morris show that he is highly critical of the budgeting process used by the village and in particular how it is handled by Mayor Kovarik. He wants to do across the board cuts of 15 percent or $5 million dollars, regardless of how that impacts services for residents.

He is also critical of the investments that brought Macy's and significant sales tax revenue to Gurnee. His approach simply does not add up.

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One would think that if he is critical of the process and decisions, he could share more specifics about his ideas and plans and reference how he has shared those details at budget hearings and board meetings.

I invite you to read the news stories, watch his interviews or read the board meeting minutes and find any consistent theme of detail. He's been part of the board where some of the very decisions that he now criticizes were approved.

Does he ever speak to his voting record or explain his position? It appears that he saves his comments for the press and then it is only to suggest sweeping cuts and broad brush stroke changes without the details. It just doesn't add up.

My vote is going to Mayor Kovarik because she works carefully with the staff to present a responsible budget, one that is sufficiently funded to ensure the public services the residents expect while dealing with the reality of current business conditions.

The budget contains reserves that keep our bond rating high. We are fortunate to have a competent and dedicated staff working for the village. This is all a reflection of Mayor Kovarik's demonstrated leadership.

My vote on April 9th is for Kovarik.

Tom Drake

Gurnee

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