Associate's Degree, Data Processing for Business, CLC
Associate's Degree, Data Processing for Micro Computer Applications, CLC
Village Clerk, Village of Fox Lake
Married, Russell Mate
Amanda , 26
On the Record
What experiences do you have that make you a good candidate for office?
I am currently serving as Village Clerk and have spent the last year performing the functions of the position. I have the experience, training and certifications required to fill the position to its maximum potential. Additionally, my professional background includes over 15 years in Project Management. Project Management requires attention to detail, timeliness, communication, organization and bearing responsibility; skills which all support the demands required for the office of Village Clerk.
What are your top two or three priorities if elected?
As my primary goal, I feel it is very important to convey the full role and responsibilities of the Village Clerk and ensure our current residents and businesses that, as our community grows toward its full potential, the Clerk’s Office will continue to deliver its exemplary level of service and compliance on behalf of those residents and businesses. An additional goal is to encourage and increase voter registration. As a Deputy Registrar, I have had the opportunity to register many of our current residents to vote. Being available and in communication with residents has been key in accomplishing this. As Fox Lake grows and new residents join our community, availability and communication will continue to be important.
Would you support freezing your taxing district’s levy until housing prices rebound? Why or why not?
Although freezing the district’s levy sounds appealing, I do not feel it is the best option. The forecasted dollars received are important to maintaining the services we all expect from our Village. The Village of Fox Lake is well aware of the difficulties facing our community and continually striving to find other sources of revenue such as motor pool contracts and encouraging new businesses. Additionally, I have great confidence in our current Village Board and the staff appointed to oversee our finances.
What one decision by the village board do you most disagree with and why?
Although I understand the reason for the decision, discontinuing the Fox Lake Senior Shuttle Service was difficult. I realize this was a necessary and difficult decision by the Board Members and directly related to the condition of the vehicle. I am grateful that the Village of Fox Lake did partnership with Grant Township and is able to continue to provide some services for our Senior Citizens. I look forward to the day when the budget once again allows for this service to be restored.
What was the biggest accomplishment of the board in the past year?
A big accomplishment this year was the completion, acceptance and integration of the Comprehensive Roadway and Water/Sewer Studies. An accurate view of the current infrastructure is necessary to focus grant funding and budget for the future in the most beneficial way. For the Village of Fox Lake to grow, we must be able to maintain and expand our infrastructure to meet the requirements of residents, businesses and visitors. I believe planning and preparing for the future saves both time and money.
Why should voters elect you to office?
I am currently serving as Village Clerk and have spent the last year performing the functions of the position. I have worked hard to gain the knowledge, experience and certifications necessary to legally ensure the Village of Fox Lake’s compliance with State and County Mandates, to maintain and make available the records as required and to accurately document our Village’s history. Since leaving my professional career in Project Management, I have committed my life to the service of others. I am committed to serving the Village Board and the residents of the Village of Fox Lake by serving as their Village Clerk.
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