As a sitting Hinsdale Village Board member and candidate running for re-election, I object to Bill Cotter’s characterization of all other trustee candidates as part of a political machine.

In 2015, I was endorsed by the caucus which was comprised of an independent group of residents. While Bill Cotter openly admits to performing no prior community service or volunteer experience, Scott Banke, Laurel Haarlow and I have served Hinsdale in numerous volunteer and community service roles for decades.

He backs the Hinsdale High School District 86 referendum, but then promises to cut real estate taxes. Please understand 77 percent of our real estate taxes go directly to our school districts. How are the two compatible?

Cotter identifies “disappointing results for our community over the past decade”, but provides no specifics. Perhaps he is unaware that more than 80 percent of our roads have been resurfaced in the past 10 years and we will be at 100 percent by the end of 2021.

Or that over time sound financial management practices led credit rating agencies to upgrade our rating to AAA stable.

Or, that large tracts of land (55th and County Line and the Amlings property) previously subject to controversy and litigation have been successfully approved for development.

Next year the new Land Rover Jaguar dealership will open. Specific actions taken by the board convinced the dealership to stay in Hinsdale rather than pursue opportunities in Clarendon Hills or Westmont all while preserving the village’s tax revenue and providing for material sales tax growth for years to come.

On April 2, Vote No. 2, 3, 4. Banke, Haarlow and Stifflear.

Luke Stifflear

Hinsdale



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