Candidate Name: Joe McElroy
Office Seeking: City Council
Subdivision with Zip Code: King’s Terrace, 60540
Campaign Website: www.JoeForNaperville.com
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1. When and why did you first decide to run to serve Naperville City Council?
After giving it much thought, I decided in the fall to run again because there are so many pressing issues that are related to land use planning. I am trained as a city planner and worked in the field for many years in many communities.
2. What quality and/or skill set will you bring to a nonpartisan 9-member City Council?
My background in city planning and communications. Also a record of accomplishment: While on Council, I helped protect thousands of ash trees and saved the City several million dollars by pushing for a vaccination program. More recently, I helped save the Old Nichols Library.
3. What do you consider to be the three biggest issues facing the City today?
1. Shifting from rapid growth to redevelopment mode. Redevelopment is harder. 2. Encouraging economic development while protecting existing neighborhoods. 3. Keeping service levels high and taxes as low as possible.
4. Realistically and fiscally speaking, if you could change/improve one thing in the City, what would it be?
I would establish financial and other incentives to renovation instead of demolishing existing buildings.
5. What do you think the City Council could do to help keep Naperville affordable for homeowners of all ages?
Protect existing neighborhoods from rampant overdevelopment; offer density bonuses to developers to including affordable housing; encouraging construction of housing options for all life stage.
6. What City amenity is most important/attractive to you and how should its care and maintenance be funded?
The Riverwalk is an icon. It should be funded by the public, although development adjacent to the Riverwalk should contribute.
7. What should be done about the Special Events and Cultural Amenities (SECA) fund, if anything?
Mend it, don’t end it.
8. What can the City of Naperville do better to retain and attract businesses that encourages development?
Keep standards high but keep the review process quick and fair. Developers don’t mind strict design regulations, but they hate unexpected delays.
9. Are you a proponent of Tax Increment Financing (TIF)? NO
10. Do you live in School District 203 or School District 204? D203
Please tell anything else that distinguishes your interest in serving Naperville in 150 words or less…
Having served on the council and before that on Plan Commission, I will up to speed from day one on the issues. With two masters degrees in related fields (public policy from the University of Chicago; urban planning from Michigan State University) I am well qualified to do this important work.