Dominiak, Crosby and Jozwiak for Antioch Village Board
The Antioch Village Board was handed a hot potato when state investigators uncovered a host of serious problems in the Antioch Rescue Squad, which long had provided ambulance services under contract to the village. The village board severed relations with the rescue squad last year and joined with First Fire Protection District to start an ambulance service, which quickly became a financial drain. Voters will decide on April 7 whether to raise taxes, and if the effort fails -- as it did once before -- it'll be up to the village board to decide how to cut deeper into the municipal budget while searching for other revenue options to fund ambulance operations. Three incumbent trustee candidates are up to the challenge, so we support Mary Dominiak, Dennis Crosby and James Jozwiak for re-election to the board on April 7. Dominiak pushed for creating a strategic plan for Antioch, backs cooperative efforts with other governments to save money and says the village must use every available means to inform residents of upcoming financial decisions. Veteran trustee Dennis Crosby's decades of business experience have served the village well and will continue to do so. He pledges that if the tax increase passes, he'll seek to roll it back in the future once other income sources expand. Jozwiak's commitment to the village and his experience negotiating for Lake Michigan water -- another big decision facing Antioch -- warrant returning him to the village board. A fourth candidate, longtime Antioch resident and local businessman Ed Macek, is involved and knowledgeable. But in the face of several upcoming decisions that will shape the village for a long time to come, Macek's strengths don't trump the experience and energy of the trio of incumbents. For Antioch Village Board, we endorse Dominiak, Crosby and Jozwiak.