Kelley Ann Kepes
Bachelor's Degree, University of Illinois
On the Record
What experiences do you have that make you a good candidate for office?
Nearly 20 years of active volunteerism for this community.
What are your top two or three priorities if elected?
Maintain fiscal responsibility. Increase the number of community volunteers and the tasks they do. Work on downtown revitalization.
Would you support freezing your taxing district’s levy until housing prices rebound? Why or why not?
No. Freezing the levy doesn’t solve the problem. A levy is the total dollars a taxing district will receive from property taxes. Freezing the rate or percentage a taxing district receives on assessed value would more accurately address the problem. The amount a taxing district receives would be directly tied to total assessed evaluations. As property values increase so would the amount the taxing district receives. As property values decrease the amount the taxing district receives would also decreases. The taxing district would then be subject to the same factors as its citizens. Current Illinois state law does not allow this.
What one decision by the village board do you most disagree with and why?
My voting record is a matter of public record. On all major decisions I state my opinion and give supporting reasoning. In a democracy, sometimes the path I see as best prevails, sometimes it does not. The role of the village board is to work together effectively to plan for the future. Dwelling on past disagreements does not benefit this aim.
What was the biggest accomplishment of the board in the past year?
I am most proud of maintaining our continued financial security this past year as we have for every year of our existence.
Why should voters elect you to office?
My experience and understanding of the laws governing municipalities make me an asset to the board.
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