Office sought: Burns Harbor clerk-treasurer
Political experience: I am the clerk-treasurer for Burns Harbor and treasurer for its Scholarship Committee. I served as Sanitary Board secretary, member and vice president of the Board of Zoning Appeals, and member and vice president of the Park Board.
What prompted your decision to run for this office?: I am seeking a third term because new legislation has left municipalities questioning their ability to fund budgets and pay debt. My education and experience can continue to help Burns Harbor work though financial difficulties and remain strong.
Top three goals:
• New legislation has and will continue to reduce the amount of property taxes available to local governments; therefore, a goal of mine would be to continue to reduce operating costs, pay down debt and develop new revenue to supplement taxes.
• A goal has been to streamline communication between town departments. I have already supervised updating telephone wiring and telephone systems. I supervised installation of computer network wiring in the town complex buildings and replacement. Last year, I purchased equipment that allows documents to be saved in an electronic copy format. In the case of a disaster, records can be recreated. I already have scanned more than 23,000 pages of documents.
Why should voters choose you?: Through my eight years serving as Burns Harbor's clerk-treasurer and my many years of service on town boards, I have learned how to manage complicated government and tax systems. I am experienced and have a proven record.
What specific steps will you take to help your community cope with the current fiscal climate?: I will continue to search for new forms of revenue at no additional cost to taxpayers by negotiating increases in interest on town bank accounts, writing grants and renegotiating contracts. I will attend conferences to educate myself on ways to improve.
What else would you like to tell us?: My strong background of education, teaching experience at Purdue University Calumet and Ivy Tech (where I taught accounting, business and computer courses), and my time in business management ensures that I have the qualifications to carry out these duties.