Thomas O’Hale

OhaleCandidate for City Council

Campaign Website: www.OHaleforNaperville.com

Slogan: A Community of Opportunity

Circle one: Employed, Unemployed or Retired?

How long have you lived in Naperville? 16 years

20 Questions

1. What motivated you to run for Naperville City Council?

I decided to run in order to influence the council to avoid further deficit spending and achieve a balance budget. I want the council to stop any unnecessary tax increases on property, resist requests from developers to permit overbuilding and implement strategies to alleviate congestion in the city.

2. If elected to serve your community, will you accept health care benefits from the City of Naperville?

NO, I would not.

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?

I would devote a minimum of 20 hours per week and would put in whatever time was necessary to get the job done.

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

I would bring with me my thirty–five years as a secondary school administrator during which time I prepared and implemented budgets, supervised staff and represented the school in interactions with both other agencies and with members of the public.

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

  • A. Deficit spending.
  • B. Traffic/congestion/overdevelopment
  • C. Public alcohol and drug

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

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

I participated in a group effort to stop the construction of 20+ townhouses on limited land between the Hobson Ponds and advocated for the Naperville Park District to purchase the land for open space in Naperville.

8. What boards or commissions have you served previously?

I have been on the Board of Directors of the West Street Greenspace Preservation Coalition.

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

I would work to limit the congestion in the City.

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

I hope to be perceived by the staff and city manager as someone who will Staff: As a partner in the business o running the city

I hope to be seen by the other council members as a team player in seeking solutions to problems that arise.

I hope to be perceived by the constituents as someone who is open, available and responsive to their concerns.

11. What business development needs can you identify?

The business community needs to create a business incubator to provide support and mentoring to new and existing entrepreneurs in successfully growing their businesses.

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

The City of Naperville can retain and attract businesses by keeping taxes low while providing the necessary infrastructure and amenities to make Naperville a world-class place to work and play.

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

It would be a disservice to the current residents who have worked so hard to build their lives and homes here, to try to artificially devalue their houses and property and the investments they have made in the community.

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

First and foremost we must keep the economy thriving so that young professionals and families will have the opportunity for a stable income necessary to purchase and maintain a home. As for senior citizens, the City Council could explore financial incentives such as a freeze on property taxes for the elderly or tax incentives for builders who build or convert housing to housing for the elderly.

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

Least important? Landscaping

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

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

The most important city amenity is the Riverwalk. It should continue to be maintained and expanded by a combination of funding from SECA, the Naperville Park District and the City.

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

Persons asking for SECA funding should be required to demonstrate that the event in question benefits the largest percentage of Naperville Citizens and is held in Naperville.

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

To the best of my knowledge it seems fair, but I will review the process if elected.

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.

In order of importance these are the most important to me:

1. The Riverwalk
2. The Naper Heritage Society (all events)
3. The DuPage Children’s Museum
4. Loaves and Fishes
5. NCTV (all events)
6. Fourth of July Fireworks Display (all services related to event)
7. Naperville Park District (Sportsman’s, Von Oven and the Garden Plots)
8. The Century Walk
9. Turning Pointe
10. Rotary Club Naperville Lights
11. Exchange Club Rib Fest
12. Jaycee’s Last Fling

Vote April 7, 2015

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