Jay Kadakia

Demographics

Democrat

84

India

Bachelor's Degree, Chemical Engineering, Missouri, University of Science and Technology at Rolla

Bachelor's Degree, BS Chemistry, Phyisics, University of Bombay, India

Retired Enviornmental Engineer, State of Illinois,EPA-Division of Public Water Supply

Married, Elaine

Two adult children

On the Record

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

My experience and knowledge as a former Huntley Village Trustee will help me continue my goals for the Huntley community. In addition I was a member of the McHenry County Groundwater Task force and participated in the formation of the guide lines for the protection of ground water. I am a member of the McHenry County Council of Governments and its two sub-committees, namely transportation and the Northwest Water Alliance, representing the village of Huntley for several years. And as a retired EPA engineer, I was responsible for approving water treatment plants and improvements all over the State of Il. This gives me valuable insight to the quality and quantity of water in aquifers in McHenry County.

What are your top two or three priorities if elected?

It is my opinion that the following issues are top priorities for the Village of Huntley. The revitalization of Huntley is important to the economic growth of the Huntley. I would promote the development of the newly formed TIF district . Population growth and its impact on water supply is the next issue that needs to be a top priority. New business and the completion of the new Centegra Hospital plus the construction of I90 Interchange will add to the need for adequate water supplies. With new businesses coming to the Huntley and surrounding areas there will be a need for skilled and semiskilled workers According to District 158 the number of high school graduates is expected to exceed 1000 in coming years. Some of these graduates may not go on for college degrees and would benefit from specialized training. I would encourage McHenry and Elgin colleges to set up satellites offering courses in technical fields.

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

It is my understanding that the property tax is comprised of several entities that includea school district 158, McHenry County College, conservation district and Huntley Village, fire, library and park district, along with Grafton Township. The property tax levy by the Village is a minor portion of the total tax. In the fiscal years 2011-2012 the tax levy did not change. This levy is governed by Grafton Township [equalized assessed valuationand county multiplier provided by the county. The Village board of Huntley does not have any control over those two factors. Property values during the economic downturn, have declined. The Village of Huntley not having big businesses as a source of revenue, has to rely on property tax for the operation and governance of the Village. In these circumstances, in my view ,the levy should be evaluated every year based on economic conditions and revenue collected in the previous year.

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

The Huntley Village government is made up of Village president, board of trustees and manager. The manager preforms the administrative functions in consultation with the president and board. The board by majority vote, approves the items on the agenda and there is not much room for disagreement.

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

I believe the biggest accomplishment of the Huntley board was the completion of widening of Illinois route 47, which was started with the help of an intergovernmental agreement by the previous board. This will provide easier access to the towns and villages to the northern and southern areas of McHenry County.

Why should voters elect you to office?

I believe that with my work experience as a senior environmental engineer with the EPA. I will be an resource for the Huntley Village board concerning ground water and surface water pollution . I proposed and initiated the necessity for a five year capitol construction plan for potable water, roads and infrastructure. I recommended and encouraged collection of surplus prescription drugs for disposal , by the village ,to reduce pollution of surface and ground water.