Question & Answer Session

The information below is from a Candidate Profile I submitted to the Daily Herald:

What makes you the best candidate for the job?

This is one question where every candidate will reply with the same response: experience.  What separates my qualifications from those of the other candidates is how closely my private sector work experience mirrors the responsibilities of the Village Trustee position.  I have held the position of audit manager for an auditing firm for over 8 years and was an auditor for 4 years before that.  In my current position, I am responsible for the creation and execution of large and complex budgets which my department and auditors must adhere to throughout the fiscal year.  The position also involves the building of relationships with clients and interaction with my company’s board of directors, both of which require excellent communication skills.  My responsibilities also involve the identification of efficiencies and executing policies which implement them.

Beyond the professional experience, I have been a member of the Carpentersville community for my entire life.  I have lived in my current home for over 13 years and am a proud product of the District 300 school system, Elgin Community College and Northern Illinois University, where I obtained a bachelor’s degree in Business.

I have always followed local issues closely and recently decided to take that interest to the next level, when I was unanimously appointed to fill a vacancy on the Village Board in October.  This limited time in the position has given me the chance to strengthen professional relationships with village staff and implement some smaller-scale projects that could be concluded by April, when my current term is up, such as helping to develop a plan to re-introduce child car seat checks by village safety officials, increasing the efficiency of online bill payment for water bills that reduces the number of residents who get their water cut off and leading an effort to increase transparency through live-streaming all board meetings over the internet and making past board meetings available to the public 24/7 via streaming from the village website.

My experience thus far in the Trustee position has helped me realize that this is the capacity in which I wish to further serve the community for the next four years.

Given the delicate balance between the need for revenue and over-taxing local businesses, what is your opinion of your community’s present level of local sales taxes? Is the tax just right, too low or too high? Explain.

Overall, I feel our local rate of taxation to be exceedingly high and sales taxes are a portion of that.  I want Carpentersville’s businesses to have every competitive advantage available to them when competing against other establishments for local dollars.  That means our sales tax rate must either stay in line or preferably be well below those of surrounding communities.  Business taxes and fees are like any other expense; they are passed along directly to the consumer.  Price-conscious shoppers go where the best values are.  I want that place to be Carpentersville.

Talking with your friends and neighbors, what seems to be their biggest public safety concern? Explain the concern as you see it, and discuss how you think it should be addressed.

I have always felt that Carpentersville makes itself too easy of a target regarding public perception of safety within the village.  With the exception of two fairly isolated and small areas, the village is as safe or safer than any other suburban community.  Similarly, many people love to finger-wag about the importance of diversity, but when push comes to shove those same people spend tens to hundreds of thousands of dollars extra to live in communities that offer absolutely no diversity whatsoever.  Carpentersville residents put their money where their mouths are when it comes to living in a diverse community.

The neighborhood I choose to raise my family in is a fantastic community that is virtually free of crime, big or small.  We all socialize together, our children grow up together, and some of us even take vacations together.   It’s time we started projecting this accurate image of Carpentersville and fight back against the lazy and grossly inaccurate stereotypes that have beleaguered this community for far too long.

In these tight economic times, municipal budgets have to be prioritized. Where, if anywhere, could the current budget be trimmed, and conversely, are there areas the budget does not give enough money to?

I do not believe in sacred cow budgeting.  Every portion of the village budget must be scrutinized in order to guarantee the most efficient services at the lowest expense.

The Village board owes it to the residents to conduct non-biased cost benefit analyses centered around the possibility of regionalizing village services with surrounding communities with the goal of eliminating overlapping expenses without sacrificing safety.  The results of these analyses should be presented as referendums where residents can decide for themselves if the benefits outweigh the costs.

What’s one good idea you have to better the community that no one is talking about yet?

I believe that the village should eliminate the vehicle sticker fee.  As it stands now, it is essentially an unenforceable fee/scofflaw that unfairly penalizes the residents who have to park on public streets and purchase the unsightly stickers for fear of a ticket.  This is an excellent opportunity for Carpentersville to distinguish itself from some surrounding communities who also rely on this outdated and nonsensical method of taxation.

One Response to Question & Answer Session

  1. Tom hall says:

    Plus your paying to park on the streets when you can’t park on them overnight!!! Ridiculous

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