Bachelor's Degree, Jounalism, Business, Marketing and Advertising, Southern Illinois University
High School, John Hersey High School
President/Owner, Action Building Maintenance Corporation
See recent video below of Mark Kownick talking about the issues.
On the Record
What experiences do you have that make you a good candidate for office?
As an experienced Cary Village Trustee, I am ready to become Cary’s 27th Mayor. Having the integrity, experience and dedication to move Cary in a positive direction; by means of fiscal responsibility, economic development and continued public improvements. I have owned a business for over 25 years and for the last 16 years, been located in the Cary Point Business Park. I have held chairman, executive board level, director positions and volunteered within our community. My business experience, linked with years of public service, including the associations I represented and managed, have earned me the experience to be a successful Mayor. Listening to others, being trusted, maintaining relationships and bringing people together to get things done, is the core of my business philosophy. By attending over 90% of village board meetings since my term ended, I have a strong understanding of what is going on and what needs to be accomplished in Cary. I do not have a conflict of interest when working with land owners, landlords, potential developers and businesses in Cary, and will not profit from any transactions. I will make fair and balanced decisions that are in the best interest of the Village of Cary.
What are your top two or three priorities if elected?
Fiscal responsibility. Prudently evaluating all expenses and revenue sources. Continue maintaining the highest level of budget management, live within our means, continue to deliver, approve and manage a balanced general fund budget. Search for new revenue streams. Keep the line on taxes. Economic development. Diversify our tax base through new development and redevelopment opportunities with new corporate businesses, and sales tax generating businesses. Determine a variety of reasonable new incentives to drive development in order to remain competitive in the market. Review all related fees and streamline development. Listen to what the community wants. Maintain the current high level of services rendered to the residents and businesses of Cary, including the continuation of infrastructure improvements: streets, sidewalks and water and sanitary sewer. Continue exploring new opportunities to enhance the Village of Cary.
Would you support freezing your taxing district’s levy until housing prices rebound? Why or why not?
I would support keeping our tax levy frozen, or very least at the bare minimum. These dollars are used to help fund vital services provided to the residents of the community. However, as our economy continues to grow and we generate more retail sales tax revenue, then we can take a harder look at the tax levy source of funding. Maintaining the current level of services for residents and business is important to me. Finding alternative revenue sources is essential to me. Keeping taxes low is a top priority.
What one decision by the village board do you most disagree with and why?
Continuing to put non-sales-tax generating businesses in the current retail zoning districts. Therefore, eliminating any possibility of creating additional revenue from sales taxes in these spaces. I welcome all new businesses to the village, and will work hard to find the right businesses for the right districts. We currently have a limited area for retail stores generating much needed sales tax and need to fill these spaces with tax generating businesses . After my opponent voted to approve another service business in the retail taxing district, he stated: “we have to find ways to bring new revenue into the village”. I support our current zoning districts. When our retail zoning districts expand, adding more square footage, this will allow more mixed use flexibility in these important districts. Retail sales tax equals more revenue for the village, therefore, keeping property taxes low.
What was the biggest accomplishment of the board in the past year?
Bidding out the garbage removal service, with a cost reduction and an added value to the taxpayers.
Why should voters elect you to office?
I am an experienced, accountable and trusted leader in Cary. My vision: Making Cary a Destination; to live, work and develop, is my priority. With beautiful neighborhoods, high ranking schools, remarkable business parks and a variety of retail outlets, Cary has the foundation to grow. I will insure the Village partners with qualified developers bringing new businesses, specialty shops, restaurants and grocery stores to Cary. This will diversify our tax base. Structure reasonable development fees and incentives, streamlining the process for development. Work cooperatively with our other taxing districts. Explore Metra improvements and promote a downtown festival. My commitment will include weekly office hours to encourage residents and businesses to bring suggestions and comments. Listening and understanding what the community wants will help drive the success our community. I have no conflict of interests when working with developers, landowners, businesses and tenants. I will not have to recuse myself from village business. I will represent the best interests of Cary, first and foremost. My opponent voted to allow gun sales in a residential zoning district and referred to village staff as “cockroaches-scattering”...is this the type of leadership Cary needs? Vote for Mark Kownick: fair, balanced leadership with integrity.