Police Officer, Village of McCullom Lake
On the Record
What experiences do you have that make you a good candidate for office?
I have been involved in the village for the past 35 years. Twelve years as a police officer, I sat on the planning committee for 2 years, six years as Trustee and the last 16 years as Village President. I have also had the privilege of sitting on the Executive Board of McHenry County Counsel of Government. I have established a good working relationship with other government officials, both within the county and the state.
What are your top two or three priorities if elected?
If elected the top priority is to lower water and sewer rates. By alimenting impact fees the village has already processed building permits for the construction of new homes for 2013. Besides residential growth the village needs to stimulate commercial and industrial growth. Having more water hook ups will eventually lower rates for everyone. Annexing property and expanding the village limits would also be a priority over the next four years. It’s important for the village to control growth and zoning in order to protect the future of Hebron.
Would you support freezing your taxing district’s levy until housing prices rebound? Why or why not?
Before raising the tax levy, the Village President should take all steps to control his budget. For example over the last four years the Hebron police department was cut from four full time officers to two full time officers. The Public Works department was cut from three full time employees to one. The Building Inspector has also taken on the role of Superintendent of Public Works. As Village President it is my responsibility to run the village as efficiently as possible before asking the tax payers to pay more. The tax levy is an easy way for a village to receive more money. It should be utilized only as the last resort to balance a budget.
What one decision by the village board do you most disagree with and why?
I can honestly say that I have agreed and supported all the decisions the village board has made over the last year.
What was the biggest accomplishment of the board in the past year?
The biggest accomplishment and challenges the village board faced over the past year was helping the Village President with the 2012 -2013 budget. Several of the Trustees took on different responsibilities such as looking for grants and assisting in the Public Works Dept. and Water Dept. just to save money.
Why should voters elect you to office?
For the past sixteen years I have been the village President of Hebron. During that time the village has received millions of dollars of grant money to help purchase a building for the Village Hall, new vehicles for the Public Works Dept., sidewalk replacement, upgrade water and sewer mains, tornado sirens and to help subsidize many other projects saving the taxpayers of our community. Sixteen years ago the village did not have a park. By negotiating with developers the village now has fifty acres of park land, new police cars, and new trucks for the Public Works Dept. a new truck for the Fire Dept. and a new school bus at no cost to the taxpayers. If reelected I will promise to put the Village of Hebron first and will make decisions based on the entire community. As Village President I will look for grants and will continue to work with our State Representatives to bring money into our community. Over the next four years I will do my best to promote the Village of Hebron and to bring new businesses and jobs into our community.