Ph. D., Higher Education Administration, Michigan State University
Master's Degree, Contemporary European Studies, University of Sussex, Brighton, Falmer, England
Bachelor's Degree, International Relations & Criminal Justice, Michigan State University
University Administrator, Northern Illinois University
Married, Betty Z. Borg
On the Record
What experiences do you have that make you a good candidate for office?
Although I am now completing my 12th consecutive year on the Village Board, I still have the enthusiasm and desire to serve. My professional experience with Arthur Andersen and being employed at multiple universities has reinforced the importance of a process orientation, enhanced with the value of data, for sound decision making. Furthermore, my professional experience has provided me the opportunity to learn the critical importance of people skills (e.g. listening, caring, respect, etc.) which promote shared problem solving and solution ownership.
What are your top three priorities if elected?
1) Maintaining infrastructure with limited funding through the prioritization of needs utilizing reasoned judgment with data. 2) Planning for the future through establishing a plan, prioritization of Village investment, preparing for opportunity when confidence and the market returns for growth. 3) Investing in Village personnel. With few employees, the Village needs to ensure that personnel are well trained, use good judgment and are resident focused in order to provide high quality service, making Maple Park a safe and outstanding place to live and raise a family.
Would you support freezing your taxing district’s levy until housing prices rebound? Why or why not?
Given the priority of maintaining infrastructure, it is critical that the funding is available to support this goal. The Village of Maple Park’s levy is a relatively small part of the total tax bill (e.g. approximately $360 on a home valued at $210k in 2011.) Thus, every available dollar is critical. If a Village forgoes its ability to increase the levy under state rules, it has a significant, almost exponential, negative impact in years to come. Our needs are so great in Maple Park, that the responsible fiduciary is compelled to increase the levy to provide the basic services residents expect.
What one decision by the board do you most disagree with and why?
The only Board decision I took issue with in 2012 was with respect to the increase in water/sewer rates to support infrastructure improvement. Until accurate data was presented, i.e. water supply maps, it appeared to me that there would not be an increase in water pressure in some parts of town and therefore the water remediation program should have been reduced with a corresponding reduction in taxes to support this project.
What was the biggest accomplishment of the board in the past year?
Developing and approving the TIF District.
Why should voters elect you to office?
Trustworthy, impartial and reasoned judgment are the hallmarks that I bring to the Village Board. I thoughtfully consider every issue, do my homework and ask questions. I also seek input from residents and listen to their concerns. Having demonstrated these attributes for 12 years on the Village Board, my track record makes me a known quantity that wishes to serve my community.
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