Why are you running for (want to be on) city council?

This community has provided me with a lot and I believe I have and obligation to give back. My 30 years of government and military experience along with my experience managing a private business for over 25 years and my MBA provide me with a unique set of perspectives on the challenge our community will face in the future. I have spent over 20 years attending, watching and participating in city council and other city committee/board meetings. I see these challenges mainly being the changes in business & retail resulting from the Pandemic and the need to keep our community progressing and staying germane as a family friendly and safe community.

What will you do about Naperville’s Traffic problems?

The phrase “Traffic problem" means different things to different people depending on their situation.

  • For the daily commuter it is slow moving peak hour traffic they have to deal with twice a day that turns a 15 minute none rush hour trip in to a 45 minute commute.
  • For the parent it is the speeding vehicles going by their homes to avoid the heavy traffic on other streets, shorten their drive route, compulsive speeder, etc.
  • For the resident near a arterial or feeder street at night it is the young people on the street revving their engines, doing burn-out and racing.

Each of these requires very different solutions, so there is no one size fits all here. Backed up peak hour traffic is the result of more traffic on the road then it was designed to handle. There are some minor changes, like light time and turn lanes that can be made to incrementally improve traffic flow, but only increasing the capacity of the road will make any significant change, which is not practical for financially and usually jurisdictional reasons. The best solution is to reduce the volume of cars. A good public transportation system would do this.

For local or residential streets the issue involved can be addressed using the city’s Traffic Calming toolkit measures like including bike lanes, prohibiting certain turns, one way streets, etc. Speed bumps are not used by the city because of the many issues they create for city and emergency response workers.

The last case is hardest and is not isolated; it is being reported by neighborhoods from all over Naperville. Young people have been gathering and doing this kind of thing for around 75 years now and law enforcement has not proven to be effective at stopping it. It is not illegal to rev an engine or peel-out, so the only thing enforceable here is the racing. I know that when the police respond to these kinds of complaints in the downtown area these young people just move to another downtown area. Unfortunately having our Police spend their night play hide and seek with these young people is not a productive use of NPD resources. The long history of young people doing this and police ineffectiveness would indicate a need to rethink how to handle this type of situation. I would suggest starting by sending a social worker to these types of complaints to get a better handle on them. It may turn out the best solution is to find a safe place were these young people can gather to engage in these activities safely without disrupt a neighborhood.

What about Naperville's relationship with IMEA and renewable energy?

The City should not be accessing my property the same as other properties, why are they?

The assessment of your property is actually done by the Township, specifically the Township Assessor. Naperville is made up of parts from five townships, Naperville, Lisle, Wheatland, DuPage and Milton.

The county actually determines what you property taxes will be depending on the accessed value of your property and the tax levies passed by the government taxing bodies for your property. Naperville is made up of parts of two counties, Dupage and Will.

The city only controls the levy, which for Naperville's 2021 budget is around $55 millions. The city’s targeted property tax rate for the last couple of years has been 0.6870. Your actual rate maybe higher or lower depends on what if any adjustments were applied. For most Naperville property owners this is around 10% of their property tax bill.

So city council members can do nothing about your property assessment, its amount or how it is determined. That is totally controlled by your township accessor and any appeals are heard and reviewed by the county.