March 28, 2011 3:06PM
Margaret Sabo, candidate Home Glen Trustee. | Supplied photo
Updated: March 28, 2011 3:08PM
Office sought: Trustee for Village of Homer Glen
Salary Of Position Sought: $6,000
Name: Margaret Sabo
Address: Homer Glen
Date of birth/Age: April 22, 1937, Age: 73
Work: Village of Homer Glen, 708-301-0632
Education: Bachelor of Science, Ball State University
Occupation, employer: Village of Homer Glen
Please list all sources of income: No other occupation
Spouse, spouse’s employer: Retired
Children, age of children, children’s employer (if applicable): two adult children
Please list any relatives, including in-laws, who are employed by a government agency at the federal, state or local levels. What are their job titles and with what agency are they employed?
What other elected offices have you sought? What year?
Appointed Homer Glen trustee by a Will County judge in 2001, elected in 2003 and 2007
Have you ever been arrested or charged with a crime? If so,for what? What was the disposition?
Do you have any criminal convictions on your record? If so, for what? What was your sentence?
Political (elected or significant appointment) experience:
10 years experience as Village of Homer Glen trustee, Homer Township Open Space Committee
In your view, what are the two most important issues facing your constituents? How would you address those issues?
1. No Municipal Tax: Maximize resources and take actions to avoid a municipal tax and fight against unnecessary spending.
Work to lessen local tax burdens by facilitating grants, donations and volunteer services to offset village expenditures.
Promote intergovernmental collaboration to minimize taxes and avoid duplication of services.
2. Reduce exorbitant water rates: Continue with the village involvement and necessary actions in pursuing the reduction of exorbitant water costs.
Please explain something significant you would like to accomplish within the next two years if you are elected to the office to which you aspire.
Improve 159th Street as a positive plan for the business community while reducing traffic congestion.
Use comprehensive planning approach to protect and respect homeowners’ rights and natural resources for quality developments.
Endorse sustainable commercial and economic opportunities.
Inform and encourage voters to evaluate the pros and cons of the 1 percent sales tax for the future.
Correct problems that cause flooding.
Continue to build on the solid foundation while supporting the concept of “Community and Nature in Harmony.” The reasons for the incorporation of Homer Glen are still valid today.
Preserve community character by balancing responsible growth with rural atmosphere.
Make long term plans that can be realistically implemented.
Streamline the property development process from concept to completion.
Adjust ordinances for benefit and protection of property owners.
Continue to provide local representation for residents and the business community so they have a voice. Listen to residents as they are the “Heart of the Community.”
Please explain how you believe the office you’re seeking can help in creating local jobs.
Retain and bring new sustainable commercial developments by promoting the assets and potential of Homer Glen for its location, transportation connection, and being the “jewel” of the southwest suburbs.
Continue to promote the “Shop Homer Glen” campaign.
Promotion of Homer Glen to attract quality commercial businesses to increase the tax base;
Would you make any changes to the budget of the governing unit to which you are seeking elected office? If so, what?
Add a line item to budget for rebating taxes.
Increase funding for emergency situations.
Evaluate budget for long-term planning.
Are there any other issues you want to bring to the public’s attention? If so, what?
Take actions to support quality schools and protect property values. It is possible to manage the factors that impact school taxes and property values. Villages can plan in a way that minimizes overcrowding and excessive referendums.
Encourage voters to evaluate the pros and cons of the 1 percent sales tax for the future.
“Government with Integrity” — Promote honest and honorable government that is accessible and accountable.