Kenneth Tentler




Lake In The Hills

Builder/Remodeling Professional, Self-Employed as Tentler Construction


On the Record

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

Peers, family, friends and life have trained me to be an outstanding citizen. There are many different people that fit many different needs of the government, Republican Party and of the political system in general. I have been a builder for almost 20 years and I know myself to be evolving into a leader. I have a great capacity to understand complex situations and the many wants and needs of rank and file citizens. Some experiences that make me a great candidate include my overall mind training in the last 7 years, the effort required for this political campaign, 3 years of horseback riding/4.5 years of sailing, participation in several organizations and nearly 20 years of serving the public as self-employed.

What are your top two or three priorities if elected?

1-My top priority is to understand, discover, debate hard where applicable/needed and seek to motivate others. The goal is to serve, be prepared, train hard and have accomplishments. 2-I am interested in contributing to the community, co-workers, government, economy and society. I also enjoy learning from others. 3-My third priority is to get the most out of the experience. Serving as Trustee is a 4 year commitment and should be a profound experience. There are a handful of people in LITH government that are very advanced thinkers. I will put in the effort, build relationships and continue to build myself as a benefit to the community.

Would you support freezing your taxing district’s levy until housing prices rebound? Why or why not?

Governments should not be led by the desire to tax. Governments and their departments must be as efficient as possible or the personnel should be corrected or replaced. In general and especially smaller and local units, government is not a game to play. Government is an entity that provides the needed services of the community as indicated by local ordinance. Government must be in peak shape. Here is what should be known-Taxes have gone up about $600.00 in the last 5 years on the average home in Lake In The Hills. Taxes have gone down on some homes in Boulder by over $1000.00. Lake In The Hills government collects about 7% of my tax bill. The levy in Lake In The Hills is steady for 2 years now. People must work together to better the economy and create quality and challenging jobs and we must ensure that what is needed is accessible (quality work and life opportunities). We all must work together to remove the need for fear as a tool (low home values as one example). Some leaders may argue that people are getting the government that they deserve. About 10 people complained about his/her tax bill when I went to 125 doors for my candidate’s petition. I think some of them were serious. I care. Finally, I have not spoken to any Federal Reserve people or economists on the relationship of property tax and the overall health of various government agencies or individual quality of life issues. Economy is complicated. People could organize and budgets, personnel and surpluses could be cut. I would spend as much time needed discussing the issues. Property tax should not be raised.

What one decision by the village board do you most disagree with and why?

Here are some of the items that cast a doubt on the overall virtue and performance of LITH Board of Trustees-some meetings last only minutes and community turnout is very low, there are projects awarded with only 1-2 bids, in my opinion government affairs should be conducted with the highest level of respect with quiet minds and moving mouths, the last contract between the police department and the village was favorable to neither party and much of this government is becoming a place of low employment turnover often indicative of unhealthy minds and inefficiency. Mainly, I suspect the Board of Trustees to be engaged in little cutting edge debate. It is easy to disagree with that type of executive culture as exciting thought, civic virtue and needed activity can radiate from leadership. Further, outside of Parks and Recreation, I think the government is only producing what is barely needed. I carry a strong positive and healthy presence with me and advocate for progress, ideas, involvement and achievement.

What was the biggest accomplishment of the board in the past year?

Lake In The Hills is a town that could produce some amazing governing. In general, current board members have presided over some needed airport improvements, grant procurements, park improvements and festivals. The business development on the west end of town, while the structures are traditional, is interesting and serving. The budget has been awarded for about 14 years in a row and the levy is steady for 2 years. All of these things are good- maybe grant getting withstanding. To me though, an awesome and noteworthy accomplishment is not found with even some effort.

Why should voters elect you to office?

I am serious about working to better my town, county and country. Your service is needed also. My campaign website,, indicates an advanced, independent and forward thinking citizen. Hard working and honest, I will give my all to the effort and the people of Lake In The Hills. Perhaps many other citizens will realize what I have realized-that we need to give back to various institutions especially local government. Serving clients and customers and people in the community for 25 years in business, in various opportunities, volunteer activities and spiritual pursuits, I will be there when needed with a copy of the Constitution in my pocket.