Letter: Write-in Maslanka to control costs, move C.V. forward


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Posted Online: April 06, 2013, 11:00 pm
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Unlike years past, Coal Valley residents can exercise their democratic right to determine future leadership for the village. Mayor Stan Engstrom is retiring after a commendable job of leading the village for the last 20 years and we thank him for his dedicated service.

Now residents will have a choice for a new board president and it's time for a change. I have seen steady village tax rate increases and new fees over the last five to six years with no noticeable benefits for residents.

Yes, the village has nice newer police cars and maintenance trucks and is pursuing a $50,000 dollar generator system for the Village Hall. These are nice amenities for the administration. However, community improvements for residents such as a park with playground equipment in the newer developments on the east side of the village are apparently not high on the priority list.

Yes, the administration implemented Single Source Trash Collection which reduced most residents' monthly costs. However, it also created a new revenue stream by adding program administration fees to every resident's trash and recycle cost with these fees increasing every year of the five-year contract.

Coal Valley continues to build reserves through increased taxes and fees when tax rates do not have to be increased every year (along with fees). The village has a very significant reserve.

On Tuesday, vote for mayoral write-in candidate Emil Maslanka who will listen to residents, control taxes/fees and provide services and improvements they expect.

Vote by darkening the oval and writing in "Emil Maslanka" as the candidate of choice.

Beverly K. Warning,
Coal Valley















 



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