I am in favor of a detailed analysis of the City’s operating budget, in order to identify unnecessary spending and waste. The City simply cannot continue to increase spending on the backs of residents by increasing taxes and fees. The current City Council implemented a sales tax and also increased refuse fees from $2.00 per month to over $12.00 per month. The City increased water rates 30% in 2012, 20% in 2013, 18% in 2014, 17% in 2015. The current City Council is planning on voting for 3% increases each of the next 5 years, and adding a monthly surcharge on $0.50 per month in 2017, $1.00 per month in 2018, and $1.80 per month in 2019. In addition, the City increased electric rates 6% in 2014 and 7% in 2015. The current City Council further increased rates 8.3% in 2016, 3.6% in 2017 and another 3.6% in 2018.
Enough is enough. It is getting difficult for many long-time residents to afford the home they’ve had for decades. The City needs to get control of its spending.
Economic Development Balanced economic development is critical to the long-term growth and viability of a community. We need to streamline the process of business development while recognizing the impact on residents. We need to remember that Naperville is more than downtown, and recognize that critical areas such as the Ogden Avenue Corridor and Route 59 and 95th street can be vital economic engines to help the local economy and also improve the surrounding community for the nearby residents.
Public Safety The public safety we enjoy in Naperville is no accident, but the result of hard work by dedicated professionals in law enforcement and firefighting and prevention. I will supplement the work of these fine professionals by advocating enforcement as well as additional neighborhood outreach and educational programs, particularly with the problem of drugs and our youth. I believe law enforcement and respect for the law are critical for a safe and prosperous community, including federal laws regarding illegal immigration, so I oppose the concept of Naperville as a sanctuary city. Public safety enforcement, education and outreach are an essential component of a safe and healthy city.
Housing Fiscal responsibility of the City is a key component to affordable housing in Naperville, especially for seniors and first time home buyers. I will also advocate for a real estate tax freeze for seniors, and oppose any ordinance which will impact the rights or increase the legal burden of property owners.
Residents Too often, lost in all the talk about development, growth and ‘vision for the future’ is the impact on the resident, the average family trying to provide the best environment and opportunity for their spouse and children. I will hold community outreach meetings in order to hear firsthand your concerns. Having raised three children in Naperville, I understand the concerns of the average family. I will always think of the residents first, and the impact any proposed action will have on you.