La Fox, IL
Married, Gail Frasz
On the Record
Why are you running for a position on the Kane County Board?
As a lifetime resident of Kane County, I have enjoyed my first 4 year term on the county board and have fulfilled all of my campaign promises from the 2008 election. I would like to follow up on several of these projects as they move forward as well as meeting the future challenges the new administration will face.
What would your top three priorities be as a board member?
1) There has been a tremendous turnover of county board members since 2008 and there will be a need for all board members to be active and engaged. 2) The Anderson Road bridge is a major project in my district and I want to keep it moving forward to start construction in 2013. 3) Property tax relief – Kane County accounts for less than 5% of the property tax bills and I am proud that the current and past board members have been excellent stewards of the taxpayer money. But we can look further into non-mandated programs and privatization to further cut costs.
How would you differentiate yourself from your opponent?
We are substantially different in our background and interest in the job. I am a life-long resident of Kane County; I was a civic activist for over 13 years in the La Fox development issue and the Rustic Roads program and appeared before the County Board and every local government agency prior to seeking the office in 2008. I have an excellent meeting attendance record and have walked every forest preserve. There have been over 100 scheduled county meetings since the primary and my opponent has not attended any to my knowledge.
Explain an accomplishment of yours and how it would – or does – relate to your being an effective board member.
. I have accomplished all 5 of my campaign promises made in 2008 including railroad horn noise abatement, increased county board ethics policies, obtained land for youth and adult sports fields, and review and reorganization of the Mill Creek SSA administration. The Mallard Point drainage issue in Sugar Grove was the toughest project to fund and complete because of the large group of people and organizations involved. Construction is substantially completed as of September, 2012.
What is the greatest challenge facing your district, and what you have you done – to date – to help solve it?
Completion of the Anderson Road bridge is the top local issue, but as that is anticipated for construction in 2013, I would choose property tax abatement. As previously mentioned, Kane County controls less than 5% of the tax bill but I know our tax bills can be 2 – 3 times what a similar house in other states would pay. All government agencies need to analyze this issue and attack it.
Why are you the best candidate for this position?
See #3, there is a long learning curve for county board members and having a first term under my belt, I feel I will be an effective, engaged county board member who shows up for meetings and responds to his constituents.
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