(Vote for 1)The DuPage County Treasurer’s Office plays multiple roles in the DuPage County, Illinois government. In addition to being the tax collector for DuPage County, Illinois, the DuPage County Treasurer handles most of the fiscal duties for the county. These duties include the custody and distribution of DuPage County funds, and paying bills for DuPage County and a number of other governmental entities. [Source: https://www.govlocator.org/dupage-county-treasurer-illinois/]Website: https://www.dupagecounty.gov/treasurer/Salary: $163,263 [Source: https://www.dupagecounty.gov/HR/52540/]
CPA and business management. Have extensive business consulting experience.
The major challenge facing constituents is the level of property taxes. Many of the taxpayers find difficulty in the increase of assessed taxable especially older taxpayers when taxes go up and the income doesn't increase. We work with them to pay over time.
We are in the process of installing new software to replace 40+ year old software. Tax collection is one part of the office function. We will collect and distributes over $3.3 billion in taxes. Accuracy and timeliness is critical.
A second function of the office is banking (treasury). As an office, we will work to manage the money expenditures and investment earnings.
My most important qualification is a life lived following our community's values. Long years of military service have forged my character so that I can be trusted to always choose the hard right over the easy wrong. Many people have lost faith in our democratic institutions. I hope to play a small role in renewing that faith here.
I have the education and experience to face the challenges of this role. I have not spent my career looking at numbers, but rather leading teams to solve complex problems. I have earned degrees in Philosophy, Adult Education, and Strategy. I have certifications as a Project Management Professional and Senior Professional in Human Resources.
My professional experience is widely varied and has prepared me for complex and ambiguous challenges. I have led organizations of hundreds of people, set policies that impacted tens of thousands, and managed budgets in the hundreds of millions of dollars.
The major challenge facing DuPage County residents is the high cost of housing. The treasurer can help in many ways.
Property taxes are high in our area to pay for the many public resources that make this a great place to raise a family. Promoting business development can help alleviate some of the burden on homeowners. During the pandemic, the incumbent treasurer remarked that business downturn will lead to higher taxes paid by families. I suggest that the treasurer should have offered some solutions. She should at least be doing all she can to encourage business growth. When businesses succeed, they bear more of the tax burden and make homeownership a possibility for more DuPage families.
Many seniors and some veterans are unaware of the programs to reduce their tax burdens. Rather than post the information to the county’s website, I’ll identify and reach out to those residents.
I will do much more than the duties required by law. I will leverage the platform of the office of treasurer to be a strong, principled advocate for educating consumers, protecting families, and promoting small businesses.
I have the wide experience to develop innovative solutions to future challenges. I bring the energy that is needed to never stop fighting for working families.
Many first-time home buyers struggle with the financial complexity. As an educator, I’ve taught hundreds of students the skills of money management. As treasurer, I will champion the cause of consumer financial education to ensure that every resident can realize the American dream.