Associate's Degree, Theology/Emphasis on Leadership Training, Bible College, Indiana
Associate's Degree, Applied Science/Flower Shop Management, McHenry County College Crystal Lake IL
Florist/Independent Artist, Self Employed
Married, John W Ponio
John M, 45
On the Record
What experiences do you have that make you a good candidate for office?
Prior to raising a family and homeschooling our three children through high school, I earned two college degrees; including one in Horticulture with emphasis on Floral Shop Management and another in Theology with an emphasis on Leadership Training. Additional strengths that will help me serve as a clerk include strong organizational skills, efficient office and time management, computer literacy, the ability to multitask while maintaining composure, confidence in speaking to the public and a love of working with people. Previous work experience includes the design and launch of a monthly publication, database management, editing and mail distribution. I also managed records for a fleet of 200 trucks including interviewing and hiring drivers, background checks of applicants, development and implementation of safety training and daily driving records including permitting and licensing.
What are your top two or three priorities if elected?
I would like to bring back a friendly atmosphere to our village again; where it is easy to get a permit or obtain a business license. When we help assist the residents and businesses in any way possible we will make the town a great place to live and do business. I would also like to help cut the astronomical legal bills by learning the laws regarding Freedom of Information so that the lawyer does not have to be consulted for every decision. I believe in open and honest government and would like to see that begin in the VIllage Hall.
Would you support freezing your taxing district’s levy until housing prices rebound? Why or why not?
A property tax freeze would have a negative effect on the economic development efforts of local governments. Local units of government will likely cut back capital expenditures and economic development projects in order to retain essential services such as public safety. There is nothing wrong with tightening our belts in our local government; the average citizen has been doing this for years now.
What one decision by the village board do you most disagree with and why?
Pursuing a new village hall that will cost about six million dollars is a terrible decision in this economy. I understand the current Mayor and remaining board members will go ahead with this project if elected. An amount of 18,000 was spent four years ago assessing the facility and the board voted again to reassess the same project spending thousands more. A successful Village Hall Referendum was instituted and in no uncertain terms the results from the voters told the mayor that now was not the time to spend $6M we don’t have, yet the current government is determined to forge ahead.
What was the biggest accomplishment of the board in the past year?
I can not think of any positive accomplishment in the past year.
Why should voters elect you to office?
As clerk for the Village of Island Lake I will make use of my previous experience and education to provide our town with accurate and timely record keeping of all the affairs of the village which I am entrusted to keep. I do not have a political agenda and do not have voting privileges on the board; therefore I will be able to be unbiased in my responsibilities to accurately keep records for the Village of Island Lake. I will be a vital link between the public and the local government.
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