LISLE – With no opposition in the Tuesday election, Lisle Mayor Joe Broda will sail into his fourth term.
Before serving as mayor, Broda served 15 years as a member of the board of trustees.
He is the longest continuous-serving elected official in Lisle, something of which he is quite proud.
“I’ve been here a long time. I love this place, and I’m humbled that I’m running unopposed,” Broda said.
During his time in Lisle, Broda touted the village’s success in handling its finances in a difficult economy.
Broda said he’s also excited the village will be debt-free by January 2014. He said the village will have paid off the remaining $2 million in bonds it issued for the police station.
The bonds issued for the Benedictine University sports complex are being paid for by an increase in the hotel tax, and the university will pay the difference if the tax does not generate enough revenue to cover the debt.
“We’ve done a lot with a little in Lisle; we’ve been very cautious and have managed to do so much on a shoestring budget,” Broda said.
Broda said he hopes to see new businesses come into Lisle to build up the tax base.
Over the last four years, he says a number of new big businesses have moved into town, including Navistar and DuPage Medical Group.
Over the next four years, Broda said he hopes to see a redevelopment of some properties along Ogden Avenue that once housed automobile dealerships. He sees them as potential sites for “big-box retail stores.”
“I really want to see some big changes on Ogden. So many cars drive through there all day, every day, and there is opportunity for new businesses,” he said. “I want to see more sales tax revenue generators in Lisle.”
With signs of the economy slowly turning around, Broda said he would like to be able to complete renovations in downtown Lisle that came to a halt after the economy turned in 2008.
A concern of Broda’s, however, is some of the unfunded mandates that may come from Springfield.
“I’m always worried about what’s going on in Springfield. Pensions are a constant concern, and we’re also not getting our state tax payments on a timely basis,” said Broda, who also serves as vice president of the Illinois Municipal League.
Broda said he understands the state is facing its own fiscal issues, but said the failures of state leaders to address those issues is having a negative impact on Lisle.
Re-joining Broda on the Lisle Village Board will be Trustee Brad Hettich, who was appointed to the board in December to fill the seat of the late Joe Schmitt.
Newcomers Anthony J. Carballo and Rob Getz are running unopposed for the other two seats.