Rick Weaver

Demographics

Independent

25

Lakemoor, IL

Bachelor's Degree, Political Science, University of Wisconsin - Madison

Data Analyst

Single

On the Record

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

As a student of political science, I plan to bring my education to the office of Trustee. By providing a fresh perspective and the opinion of a lifelong resident of Lakemoor, I believe that I can represent the people of our village in a way that respects the things that we value most.

What are your top two or three priorities if elected?

If elected to the office of Village Trustee, my main priorities involve ensuring that the village remains a prosperous, attractive place to live. My focus is set on maintaining a balanced budget for the village. This helps to limit expenses and keep hard earned wages in worker’s pockets. Paired with a balanced budget, maximizing the resources Lakemoor already offers its residents provides additional benefit to the people living here. Budget sensitive programs utilizing our parks and waterfront can serve as a focal point for the community without large increases in spending.

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

I would not support freezing our district’s tax levy until housing prices rebound. This is a temporary fix for a larger problem. Taxes will always need to be collected. By freezing the rate at which we tax, we do not allow for the growth in the cost of supporting the residents of Lakemoor. In order to pick up the slack, added costs or taxes would need to be applied elsewhere or the village would need to spend more than it brings in. A balanced budget without deficit spending is very important to the future health of a community. I would rather be upfront with residents about the importance of a balanced budget than try to nickel and dime them or borrow against their futures to pay the bills today.

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

The decision of the board that I disagree with the most is a decision that they are making for the people. By not posting village agendas and minutes in a reasonable amount of time, residents that are not able to attend meetings are left out of the decision making process. Without this access, residents are unable to participate in their government and unable to stay informed on village spending and processes. With a working website, and agendas available at every meeting, there is no reason for any resident to be left out of the loop.

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

The biggest accomplishment of the board this past year was, and continues to be, the growth and support of the parks and recreation department. By making use of the park space and community presence in the village, entertaining activities can be provided at a low cost. The continued growth of these offerings has the potential to set Lakemoor apart from other towns nearby.

Why should voters elect you to office?

If elected, I pledge to be accessible and sensible in my duties. If there is a question a resident needs answered or a concern that they would like raised, I will do my best to be available to not only listen, but to seek results for you. I am proud of our town and how far it has come in the time I have been here. From Lily Lake to LakemoorFest, our village is a place that people know by name because of the great resources we have to offer. Together we can