Suzanne Blohm

Demographics

Independent

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Bachelor's Degree, Microbiology, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Master's Degree, Biology, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Associate's Degree, Nursing, Harper College, Palatine, IL

Registered Nurse, Alexian Brothers Medical Center

Married, Gerald

On the Record

What experiences do you have that make you a good candidate for office?

As a taxpayer, resident, and parent I share the same financial struggles and concerns as others in our community. I will bring that perspective to all my decisions. I am committed to continuing initiatives that balance revenues and expenditures, while providing quality services for our residents. My previous experiences as a Trustee, Finance Committee Chairperson and Budget Officer (1997-2003) have demonstrated my capabilities. During my current tenure (2010-present), I have shown my commitment to our residents by rebating property taxes in the form of one free vehicle sticker in 2012 and abating taxes in 2013.

What are your top two or three priorities if elected?

My number one priority is to enhance the quality of life for our residents through economic development. We need to focus our efforts on maintaining our current businesses and attracting new businesses. Our new train station and the creation of a TIF district are great first steps to accomplish these goals. I believe we need to invest in our downtown area “streetscape” (sidewalks, lighting, green space, etc). We may not recoup this investment in a strictly financial sense, but it will make Fox River Grove welcoming and a community we can be proud of. My number two priority is long-term financial planning for the Village. Fox River Grove has always operated under tight budgetary constraints and has been diligent about keeping expenditures low while providing quality services to our residents. We have done an excellent job of balancing the budget on a yearly basis while also building reserves. We now need to concentrate on long-term planning that invests our reserves back into the community.

Would you support freezing your taxing district’s levy until housing prices rebound? Why or why not?

Yes, I do support freezing property taxes. In 2012, I voted to rebate property taxes in the form of a free vehicle sticker and in 2013, I voted to abate property taxes. I believe that we can abate taxes for another 2-3 years and still improve upon our current level of services to our residents. We will also be able to invest in improvements in our downtown, our parks, and our roads.

What one decision by the village board do you most disagree with and why?

I believe that overall the Board has done an excellent job for our Village. I believe there are three areas we could improve upon. One, we need to concentrate our efforts on economic development by creating specific marketing plans for the Village as well as providing existing businesses with redevelopment assistance, in the newly created TIF district. Two, we need to expand our long-term fiscal planning strategies to ensure we are able to not only maintain but improve our current level of service as well as provide much needed infrastructure improvements. Third, we should re-evaluate the current plans for the Public Works facility and consider all alternatives.

What was the biggest accomplishment of the board in the past year?

During my current tenure as a Trustee, my biggest accomplishments have been to rebate/abate property taxes for two years while maintaining quality services to the residents and investing in our parks. The creation of the downtown TIF district is a big step towards realizing redevelopment of our downtown. I am committed to continuing to freeze property taxes, invest in our downtown, our parks, and our roads.

Why should voters elect you to office?

As I stated previously, I am a taxpayer, resident, and parent and I share the same financial struggles and concerns as others in our community. I will bring that perspective to all my decisions. I have proven I have the best interests of the residents in mind when I rebated property taxes in 2012 and abated property taxes in 2013. I am committed to continuing to freeze property taxes, invest in our downtown, our parks, and our roads. It has been a privilege to serve as a Trustee and I would be truly honored to continue to do so.