Steve Chirico

chiricoMayoral Candidate

Campaign Website: www.ChiricoForMayor.com

Slogan: The Voice of Reason – Thoughtful leadership for Naperville

Circle one: Employed, Unemployed or Retired?

If employed, where? Great Western Flooring

How long have you lived in Naperville? 54 Years

20 Questions

1. What motivated you to run for Naperville Mayor?

Naperville is at a defining moment in time. We need to protect our rich history yet have the vision to shape the next generation of prosperity. I am running for Mayor because I want to help Naperville continue to thrive through strategic initiatives focused on strong business policies.

2. If elected to serve your community, will you accept health care benefits from the City of Naperville? YES NO

3. If elected, how much time per week are you willing to give to prepare for City Council meetings, budget workshops and liaison appointments on boards/commissions?

Average – 40 hours per week.

4. What quality and/or skill set will you bring to a nonpartisan City Council?

As a business owner for more than three decades I have a keen understanding of budgets, labor negotiations and best management practices. I also have a firm grasp on the importance of collaboration, strategic counsel, consensus building and listening; four keys to leading Naperville into the next generation.

5. What do you consider to be the three biggest issues facing the City today?

  • A. The City’s debt and property tax management
  • B. Drug and alcohol addiction and related suicides among our youth
  • C. Traffic and parking

6. Do you favor term limits for City Council and other local/state governing bodies? YES NO

7. Name one contribution you have made to our city that you think was most significant of your community service to date.

While serving on City Council I made the Prescription Drug Drop Box program, an idea proposed by a concerned citizen, a focused initiative. I worked closely with staff to implement this successful public safety program in which the city collects unused prescription drugs to prevent inappropriate use or unlawful disposing.

8. What boards or commissions have you served previously?

City Boards: Builder Review Board, SECA, DuPage Mayors and Managers and DNA

Community Boards: 360 Youth and Family Services, Chamber Legislative Steering Committee, Naperville responds for Katrina and Naperville Responds For Our Veterans, Friends Achieving Solutions Today (FAST) and Kids Matter Advisory Board

9. Realistically and fiscally speaking, if you could change/improve one thing in the city, what would it be?

To provide property tax relief and reduce the city’s debt, we need to broaden the tax base. Broadening our tax base will also support proper funding for core services, like public safety and a well maintained transportation system provided by the city.

10. How do hope to be perceived by city staff, city manager, other council members and constituents?

I hope they trust me and feel that I am fair, open minded and a reasonable person. I hope they respect my positions knowing that there will be times when we disagree. I hope they feel proud of the leadership I provide.

11. What business development needs can you identify?

  • Revitalization of Ogden Ave. and Naper Blvd.
  • Revitalization of Fifth Ave. corridor
  • Dominick’s vacancies; particularly River Rd./Ogden Ave.
  • The old car dealership row and old Menards building at Jefferson/Ogden Ave.
  • Naper Crossings needs an anchor and businesses to fill empty storefronts
  • Officemax building

12. What can the City of Naperville do better to retain and attract businesses?

We need to maintain the streamlined permitting process and continue to support sound policies like eliminating impact fees. It is imperative that we communicate on issues affecting the business environment and have an open dialogue so when there is a problem, it can be remedied before we lose the business.

13. What can the City Council do to help keep real estate and property values in check?

Increasing revenues organically by broadening our tax base is the most impactful way to reduce property tax pressure. Through sound business policies that promote healthy and responsible economic development we can expand the tax base thereby affecting the entire tax bill as opposed to just the city’s small portion.

14. What do you think the City Council could do to help keep Naperville affordable for homeowners of all ages?

See above. We also need to continue to provide city utilities at affordable rates which helps attract new residents including young families. In addition, as our residents age we want to provide affordable and comfortable housing – by finding an established developer we can move toward adequate senior housing options.

15. What service provided by the City of Naperville do you deem most important? Public Safety

Least important? Free Home Energy Inspections.

16. Are you a member of a service club or nonprofit board of directors that receives SECA funds or other grants from the City of Naperville? NO YES If yes, which one(s)?

17. What city amenity is most important and how do you think it should be funded/raise revenue?

The Naperville Riverwalk is a unique attribute to our city that draws visitors to Naperville and our local businesses. The Riverwalk should be funded by the city; possibly limiting revenue collection to just the downtown business district.

18. How would you qualify Special Events and Cultural Amenities (SECA) applicants for funding?

Funding should only go to nonprofit organizations looking to hold a Naperville based event open to all residents; funding should not be used for operations/staffing of events. Events which do not require city
services should have a plan to wean off SECA unless the request is for capital projects.

19. What is your opinion of the bidding and letting process at the City of Naperville?

Our policy should be that we allow enough time to bid all contracts and I believe too many contracts go to businesses outside Naperville. When the difference in quotes is no longer a financial decision, the city
council should be able to use other criteria to determine who should be awarded the contract.

20. In addition to employee salaries and public safety, place in order of importance to you 12 assets and public/private partnerships that currently receive funding from the City of Naperville.

1-3) Roads and Transportation Infrastructure System
1-3) Public Utilities – Water/ Stormwater
1-3) Public Utilities – Electric
4) City Hall
5) Public Library
6) Public Works Building
7) Downtown Parking Decks
8) Public Transportation System
9) Riverwalk
10) Naperville Settlement
11) Children’s Museum
12) Hazmat Facility

Vote April 7, 2015

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