High School, McHenry High School East
Township Clerk, Nunda Township
Married, Nick Provenzano
Kelly Provenzano, 23
Ryan Provenzano, 22
Sam Provenzano, 16
On the Record
What experiences do you have that make you a good candidate for office?
As the current Township Clerk, having now served two terms, I have been intricately involved in Nunda Township. In my position I have had a front row seat to the decisions by the current administration and Board, and unfortunately have witnessed a lack of leadership from the Supervisor’s office. I believe I can provide the experienced leadership necessary to foster an environment of teamwork within the Township so we can focus on doing the best possible job for the people we serve.
What are your top two or three priorities if elected?
I am running for Nunda Township Supervisor because it’s time to move beyond the infighting and spend our time focusing on making lives better for the people we work for: the taxpayers of Nunda Township. I will never forget that it\\\\\\\'s the taxpayers’ money we are spending and every day I will ensure that Nunda Township is run as an efficient, effective and affordable unit of government. Furthermore, there is so much more we can do at the township to serve the residents of Nunda Township without incurring additional costs, including an enhanced senior program and programs for kids during the summer to keep them busy and provide job and life skills. By working tirelessly to ensure every dollar is spent as wisely as possible, there will be no excuse for continuing to “tax to the max” by increasing the levy the maximum amount every single year. Instead, that money can stay in the taxpayers’ pockets. When elected, I will provide the experienced leadership needed to foster an environment of teamwork and move Nunda Township forward.
Would you support freezing your taxing district’s levy until housing prices rebound? Why or why not?
Yes, but I’m afraid it is easy yet politically lazy to simply answer yes to this question because there are many ways to wiggle out of such a promise since the housing market is complex. What I have committed to since even before I began campaigning for this office is that we will tighten our belts at the township just like the people of Nunda Township have had to do during these tough economic times. We must remember that it is their money that we are spending and ensure that Nunda Township is run as an efficient, effective and affordable unit of government. We must cut our own salaries (see below). In addition, we can achieve greater efficiency by no longer overspending on staff and by seeking out cost savings while still providing the same level of services. By working tirelessly to ensure every dollar is spent as wisely as possible, there will be no excuse for continuing to “tax to the max” by increasing the levy the maximum amount every single year. Instead, we can freeze the levy and keep that money in our residents’ pockets.
What one decision by the township board do you most disagree with and why?
We as elected officials must lead by example by ensuring our salaries are at most even with the salaries of elected officials in neighboring townships. Currently we are some of the highest paid township officials in the county, which is why last year I called for a 20% reduction in our salaries. Unfortunately, our current leadership chose to make a nominal 2% cut which did nothing to fix the problem.
What was the biggest accomplishment of the board in the past year?
That’s a difficult question to answer as the lack of leadership has created a malaise within the Township. I was encouraged that there was a slight increase in the public turnout for Township meetings, even though they were probably drawn out because of the turmoil at the Township. I will promote meeting dates to encourage more open and visible government and increase public attendance at Nunda Township meetings. Working together we can accomplish the goals I outlined in other answers here.
Why should voters elect you to office?
Voters should elect me as Nunda Township Supervisor because it’s time to end the bickering that is costing taxpayers money through needless lawyer fees and inefficient government. As Supervisor, I will work to foster cooperation and collaboration so we can spend our time focusing on making lives better for the taxpayers of Nunda Township. There is so much more we can do without incurring additional costs. I have called for the creation of an enhanced senior program at the township via a public/private partnership, working with private businesses and local civic organizations to provide fun, safe, and engaging activities year round for our seniors. I would also like to institute programs for kids during the summer to keep them busy and provide job and life skills. Most importantly, I will ensure that I and my fellow elected officials are more open and visible to the public, ensuring we are open to input and accountable to the public for every decision. With a clear plan and visible township officials, the public will be able to see the positive benefit their tax dollars are having on our community.