John Guddendorf Jr.
Sugar Grove, IL
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What experiences do you have that make you a good candidate for office?
I have 34 plus years of experience working with local government and municipalities in the transportation field. Over this period, I have gained experience in bringing projects to completion on time and within budget, problem solving and working with others to resolve everyday issues in a timely fashion.
What are your top three priorities if elected?
1) Maintain a balanced budget 2) Maintain present services 3) Long range planning
Would you support freezing your taxing district’s levy until housing prices rebound? Why or why not?
No. While the popular vote may be to freeze the levee in this depressed economy, expenses for the fire district continue to increase. In order to assure continuation of critical services at required levels, the fire district must have access to adequate resources to provide life safety services, maintain equipment, provide continuing training for personnel, and retain skilled staff.
What one decision by the board do you most disagree with and why?
I have attended the fire district meetings for the past several years. To date I have had no concerns with any of the decisions made by the board.
What was the biggest accomplishment of the board in the past year?
The fire protection district board in the past year was able to work within a very tight budget and still provide quality service. The board also negotiated their first union contract with the full time fire fighters in the past year.
Why should voters elect you to office?
I believe the fire district has done a good job of using our tax dollars as efficiently as possible and I want that to continue. I have lived in the township for over 40 years and have volunteered many hours to local organizations. I would like the opportunity to serve the community as a trustee for the fire district.
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