Barrington Hills, IL
On the Record
What experiences do you have that make you a good candidate for office?
My public service started in 1994 when I sought a position on the North Barrington Zoning Board of Appeals in response to local development decisions. After serving on the ZBA from 1994-2004, I was appointed as a trustee to the North Barrington Village Board from 2004 - 2005. At the end of my term, I moved to Barrington Hills where I have been serving on the Plan Commission since 2010.
What are your top two or three priorities if elected?
The residents of Barrington Hills have made it clear that they value the open space, rural character and privacy that their village provides. Preserving these unique qualities by keeping the current zoning regulations in place is essential. Protecting our 5-acre zoning while avoiding any type of “feathering” on our boarders, is of utmost importance, and requires thoughtful and careful stewardship. The village has not raised property taxes in the last four years. We must maintain the current tax levy along with the high level of services and protection that the village provides to its residents. It is important to note that on a dollar per acre basis, Barrington Hills has one of the lowest tax bases for municipal services in the area.
Would you support freezing your taxing district’s levy until housing prices rebound? Why or why not?
During the last four years of challenging economic times, the tax levy in Barrington Hills has not increased and village spending has been at a constant level. At the same time, the village has maintained a high level of services and protection to residents.
What one decision by the village board do you most disagree with and why?
A past board decided to try to save money by carrying liability insurance that fell vastly short of the needs of our village. There was a claim placed against the village and because the insurance coverage was so insufficient it forced the village to take out a bond to pay for this claim. We still are paying for this very poor decision today as the village pays off this bond and the interest that goes along with it.
What was the biggest accomplishment of the board in the past year?
The current board has successfully maintained 5-acre zoning and a balanced budget without raising property taxes.
Why should voters elect you to office?
As village trustee, I will use my 13 years of experience in local municipal government to thoughtfully represent the concerns and opinions of residents when making decisions. I will protect our 5-acre zoning while avoiding any type of “feathering” on our boarders. I will act as a fiscal watchdog in protecting the taxpayers and how their money is spent. As a believer in transparency of government, I will support public hearings for any major change in regulation. I will work to continually improve communications with our residents, supporting town hall meetings between the board and residents to discuss current topics of interest.
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