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Letter to the Editor: Republican candidates for township make their case

Published: Wednesday, March 27, 2013 1:05 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, March 27, 2013 1:10 p.m. CDT

To the Editor:

We were disappointed to read the letter to the editor submitted by the incomplete slate of the Democrat Downers Grove Township candidates. They took cheap political shots and distorted the facts, which is an unfortunate disservice to the voters. Here are the facts.

The currently elected Republican Downers Grove Township adheres to strict budget guidelines that keep the taxpayers debt free with a balanced budget every year. The township pays 100 percent of its bills as they come due, and has limited the average tax bill hike to less than $1 per year for the last seven years. If only the State of Illinois were run the same way!

We have reduced compensation for trustees, eliminated benefits and have never offered any per diems for the extra work each trustee does on volunteer committees and with community groups the township coordinates and supports.

The township has opted to meet once a month to devote more time to working directly with residents and gathering input from the community to improve services. Our presence at local chambers of commerce, senior citizen and youth service activities, and meetings with unincorporated residents has significantly increased and we make every effort to continually improve accessibility and accountability.

The Downers Grove Township meetings are efficient and productive.

Our Republican Ticket works as a complete, experienced team. We know from experience how to provide valued services in the most professional and cost-effective way, while respecting budget restraints. No drama, no grandstanding, no politics — we are simply dedicated to working for the taxpayers.

You can find out more at ticketforthetaxpayer.com. Please vote for all eight Republican candidates for Downers Grove Township on April 9.

Downers Grove Township Republican Ticket: Frank Wurster, Theresa Cockrell, Lawrence “Andy” Anderson, Laura Hois, Mark Cuthbert, William Swanston, Kathleen Abbate and Lorraine Grimsby

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