Robert Smith

Demographics

Independent

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Midwest Regional Manager, Logfret, Inc.

Married, Dianne

Britney

Rachael

On the Record

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

I have had the privilege of serving the people of Algonquin for the last 20 years as a Village Trustee. The Experience I have as a Trustee will continue to bring value to the Board and to the Residents of Algonquin. I also have 30 years of experiences in Customer Service. I have used this experiences in my roll as a Trustee when working with our residents and local business. I know that job of a Trustee is to listen to residents and business to work on solutions to the issues we are faced with. I have always kept an open mind when hearing the requests and reviewing the details on an issue. If given the opportunity I will continue to do the same. I am proud of the progress and accomplishments the Village has made and look forward to the challenges ahead.

What are your top two or three priorities if elected?

My top priority is keeping Algonquin a safe and healthy community to live and raise your family. We do this by making sure we have a well trained and professional Police Department to protect our streets. We are making street improvements every year to help maintain our neighborhoods. We are continuing make improvements to our water and swere system to make sure we are providing the highest level of service to the residents. I have worked to keep our taxes down as we make the improvements for the resisdents of Algonquin. I will continue to work on improvements to help move traffic through the Village.

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

As a Trustee I have always worked to keep our taxes down. Over the years the Village has been able to lower our tax rate on proportiy taxes. I will work to countiue to see that we are able to keep lowering our taxes.

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

I would not say that I disagree with the decision to install Red Light Cameras at a few of our busier intersections. I had supported it at the time. I would like us to review its effectiveness. I would like to see us lower the fine or eliminate the fine on right turns on red.

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

The biggest accomplishment for the Village this year would have to be the start of the Western Bi-Pass. This is a project that has been in the planning for years. When completed this will help to ease traffic congestion in the Village. Having this underway gives us the opportunity to move forward on the planning of our Downtown project. I would also have to say that another big accomplishment for the Village is that we have a Balanced Budget. The Village Manager and Staff with the support of the Village Board have effectively run the Village providing the highest level of quality services to our residents. As we are going through our Budget Planning for next year we will also work with a Balanced Budget. In todays tuff economic times this is a major accomplishment.

Why should voters elect you to office?

With the retirement of our longtime Village Manager Bill Ganick I beleive that my years of experience and leadership as a Trustee will be of value to our new Village Manager Tim Schloneger and the community. I have had the opportunity to help in the growth and development of our Village making Algonquin the type of comminity we can all be proud of. As a Trustee I have made sure that our residents have been treated with respect and the highest levels of Customer Service possible. I know that the job of a Trustee is about listening to the residents. I have always made sure to use their input when making the decisions needed to best serve the Village. We have made great progress developing Algonquin into a well balance community with both residenttal and commercial growth. This has allowed us to keep our taxes low and standards high. I have been supportive of our local business community working to see that they are given the opportunities to help them grow and become a part of the community. From the start I was involved with the development of our Village Recreation Department allowing us to add services and programs for our residents of all ages with out having to increase taxes. I have worked to improve and add more Parks and Open Space throughout the Village. I look forward to the opportuinty to continue to server the People of Algonquin.