Candidate Questionnaire from March 8, 2017: Village of Carpentersville Trustee – Kevin Rehberg

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NAME: Kevin Rehberg


Village of Carpentersville Trustee

1.  Why are you seeking this position?

The number one reason why I’m running is due to my concern over spending at every level of government within Illinois. Our property taxes have spiraled out of control. My property tax payments are now higher than my mortgage. This position provides a platform for me to fight on behalf of my fellow taxpayers.

I have accomplished quite a bit in my first term such as abolishing the vehicle sticker tax, freezing the daily operating fund tax levy and increasing transparency to the point where Carpentersville won a Sunshine Award; but have many other goals I would like to implement such as term limits and continued freezes to the daily operating fund. Please see my campaign website for a more detailed list of accomplishments and goals.

2.  What experience and background do you have which qualifies you for this position?

I am a married father of two girls. I have been a member of the Carpentersville community for my entire life. I have lived in my current home for over 16 years and am a proud product of the District 300 school system and Northern Illinois University, where I obtained a bachelor’s of science degree in Business.

My private sector work experience mirrors the responsibilities of the Village Trustee position. I was an audit manager for a data auditing firm for over 9 years. I currently oversee revenue for the entire organization. I advocate for transparency as a speaker at industry events and also cultivate and negotiate new partnerships with clients.

I also serve as chairman of Carpentersville’s Audit & Finance commission.

3.  What will be your greatest challenge if elected?

Municipal pension costs are escalating at an unsustainable rate. We are bound by law to fund them per our state’s unfunded mandates. Our greatest challenge is in continuing to find reductions in the budget that do not compromise essential services. We must also continue to grow the sales tax base (which has grown 17% since I was elected), which relieves some of the burden on property tax payers.

As a final point, I would like to reiterate my philosophy on governing. I believe in a transparent government that honors the Constitutional rights of individuals while providing essential services to the community at the lowest possible cost to taxpayers.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

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