Jeffrey Thorsen

Demographics

Republican

55

Crystal Lake

Master's Degree, Finance, Northern Illinois University

Banker, FirstMerit

Not available

Adam, 10

On the Record

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

For over two decades I have served in a decision making capacity on various non-profit boards. Currently serving the Salvation Army of McHenry County, Crystal Lake Lions, Horizons For The Blind, and McHenry County Police Charities. I have much experience negotiating within a board environment. I am very connected to the citizens of Crystal Lake. I also have good working relationships with municipal neighbors inside and outside the limits of the City of Crystal Lake. Finally, I have served the citizens of Crystal Lake in the capacity of City Councilman for many years. The record shows that I vote my conscience. My presence on the City Council has contributed a great deal to the positive achievements benefiting the people of Crystal Lake

What are your top two or three priorities if elected?

I will continue to work to hold the line on tax increases, support econmomic development efforts, and ensure the city’s natural resorces are protected.

Would you support freezing the city\'s property tax levy until housing prices rebound? Why or why not?

For three of the last four years, I voted “no” to increases in the City’s tax levy. The other year I voted yes to the DECREASE in the levy in 2010. That said, a tax levy increase makes sense when it increases to MATCH the real increases in the EAV’s pool of assets (new homes, new commercial buildings, new retail outlets, and new annexations). We have the responsibility to our taxpayers that we capture the new revenue generated from real EAV growth and match it to what the new growth will cost us in increased services.

What one decision by the city council do you most disagree with and why?

Well, the timing of last year’s road projects was challenging.

What was the biggest accomplishment of the city council in the past year?

The City Council has accomplished much in comparably slow years of economic growth. Incentives, proposed by the Economic Development Committee and approved by the council, have helped new and existing businesses locate or remain in Crystal Lake. These incentives immediately encouraged business to invest in spaces that would otherwise remain vacant. Incentives have also attracted and retained the types of companies that provide area jobs. These incentive investments will be returned again and again by the overall success of the recipients.

Why should voters elect you to office?

I have demonstrated time and again that I am an honest and vigilant representative of the citizens of Crystal Lake. I research and understand the issues that come before the city and I proceed to solutions in a transparent manner. I have lived in Crystal Lake all my life and I am very passionate about the future of my home town.