Michael Secor

Demographics

Independent

48

Marengo

High School, Marengo Community High School

Associate's Degree, Police Science, Rock Valley College

Bachelor's Degree, Anthropolgy/Sociology, Rockford College

Account Manager, Kenmode Tool & Engineering

Married, Jill

Hannah, 14

Zachary, 11

On the Record

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

4 terms, 16 years, as 4th Ward Alderman for the City of Marengo.

What are your top two or three priorities if elected?

1)Annexing to Interstate 90 along the US Route 23 corridor. 2)Promoting our TIF districts, business incentive program, and downtown. Both of these to lure and prepare for economic growth and employment opportunities in Marengo.

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

The easy political answer would be “yes”. However, all of the circumstances must be considered every year when the time arrives for the tax levy. Honestly, of course I would support a freeze if it made sense. My taxes go up at the same rate and I do not want to pay any more than the rest of the residents do. It really depends on if the City could afford a freeze today and the effects the freeze would have on the financial future of the City. A freeze now could mean a bigger bill later. Sometimes that bigger bill later can be pretty significant. We have recently seen that with some other things that were put off to a later date and it can be pretty painful.

What one decision by the city council do you most disagree with and why?

I cannot really say there is one decision that really sticks out. Two come to mind.One is our impact fees. They are very high, prohibitive even, and they need to be revisited. The other was the Florence Nursing Home expansion. We stopped an expansion of a business that has been here in this City for a very long time, has been a good neighbor, and provides a needed service very well. I think that was a mistake.

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

Actually, there are a few. We are finally moving ahead with using a $1,000,000 grant that we have had for a very long time for the much needed, overdue, Prospect Street improvements. We should be able to go to bid on this project soon. The southwest comp plan and annexations are moving forward. And how about the new commercial development that will include a new grocery store, retail strip, fast food, and medical center. We could not get things going when times were good a few years ago, but today in tougher economical times we are showing that we can move forward. This is what happens when a council can work together. Things are getting done.

Why should voters elect you to office?

I am honest. I have absolutely nothing to hide. I am always going to tell you what is really going on and not what I think you want to hear. I have experience, four terms, 16 years of ups and downs, good times and bad. I sacrifice a lot for this position. I am not divisive, polarizing, or vindictive. I can work with the other council members and even disagree on issues without getting personal or holding grudges. We are finally moving forward here for the first time in many years. We have cleaned up a lot and the toughest decisions are now behind us. I am excited about that and want to make sure this trend continues for us all here in Marengo for at least the next 4 years.