Steve Weber: Candidate Profile

Kane County board District 13 (Republican)

  • Steve Weber, running for Kane County board District 13

    Steve Weber, running for Kane County board District 13

 
Updated 2/13/2018 12:21 PM

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City: St. Charles

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Office sought:

Kane County board District 13

Age: 40

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Family: Nicole (wife)

Alana (Daughter)

Franky (Son)

Tommy (Son)

Occupation: Sales Manager

Education: Army 1998-2004

Civic involvement: Baseball Coach

Basketball Coach

Organizing annual holiday food drive

Elected offices held: Candidate did not respond.

Questions & Answers

The county commissioned a study to determine which services are mandated and which are not in preparation for a deeper budget cut. Do you believe the county must continue to reduce costs? If so, which non-mandated services would you cut or reduce? Under what circumstances would you support a tax increase?

Yes. In order to maintain the Kane County Property Tax Freeze we will need to eliminate waste and continue to consolidate government functions.

I would encourage the voters of Aurora to eliminate the Aurora Election Commission. We could save as much as $250,000 in overall net savings per year.

I will pledge to oppose any tax increase.

The mandated services study said the law will require a reduction in the number of board seats as the county's population grows. Reducing the number of seats might also save money. What is the right number of board seats? How soon should the reduction occur?

I believe the right number would be approximately 18 seats. I believe that would maintain a good balance in both saving money as well as being efficient.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Do you support adding a sunset clause to any toll created to fund the Longmeadow Parkway?

Absolutely. After the bridge is paid for and there is a maintenance fund that generates interest to continue to provide for future repairs.

That was a promise made to Illinois toll road payers decades ago that was never followed through on. Kane County is better than that.

Was ending the county's GPS and electronic monitoring program the right decision? If not, how would you restore the program?

No I do not agree with Chief Judge Boles' decision to eliminate the GPS monitoring program. She could have used across the board cuts in non-essential parts of her budget to balance expenses and revenues. If the judicial budget is ever short the court fines and costs can be increased to meet their expenses.

Do you support keeping the Aurora Election Commission?

No I do not. It is a service that can be handled by the Kane County Clerk's office. This is an example of a way to be more efficient while saving money. The services will not be effected and we can save around $250,000 annually.

What other issues, if any, are important to you as a candidate for this office?

It is important to have surplus funds to handle legitimate shortfalls. I do not believe that we should reach into reserve funds to pay for inefficient departments. Some departments (Sheriff's) must work to increase revenues while lowering expenses. We are currently upside down in the amount of $4 million. Attendance is extremely important as well. We have some board members who collect 100% of their pay while only doing 50% of the work. The budget was put together from meetings every month with the department heads but many had poor attendance. The subcommittee meetings also have some members with poor attendance. This is where the real work of the board gets done. I feel that communication is the key to success and I will work to solve that. I will encourage using both the Kane County Connects free newsletter as well as collecting email addresses and sending out my own correspondence to my neighbors who want to be kept informed.

Please name one current leader who most inspires you.

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What is the biggest lesson you learned at home growing up?

Do the job right the first time.

If life gave you one do-over, what would you spend it on?

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What was your favorite subject in school and how did it help you in later life?

History- It helps you see problems as well as conflicts in a different context.

If you could give your children only one piece of advice, what would it be?

Everyday is a gift so don't waste it.