Newcomer Kasdorf faces three incumbents in Butler trustee race
Three seats are up for grabs on Butler Village Board. All three incumbents, Walter Woloszyk, William Benjamin and Michael Thew, will face challenger and newcomer, Paul Kasdorf. The top-three vote getters will be elected to Village Board for two-year terms.
The Sussex Sun asked each a few questions. Thew did not respond to requests to participate.
With limits on tax levies and decreases in state aid to municipal government and schools, what do you think should be Butler's biggest budgetary priorities over the next two years?
Kasdorf: Our village needs to maintain our infrastructure and explore capital improvement projects. It is important to operate with efficiency to encourage homeowners and businesses that Butler is a great place to live and work. Controlling our spending is a great way to make sure our community continues to thrive.
Woloszyk: To stay within the restraints as we have been.
Benjamin: Priorities would be: Infrastructure maintenance; ensure Police & Fire Departments are properly trained and certified; (3) Continued development of the Department of Public Works so that they have the equipment and preparation needed to properly support the Village.
As an incumbent, or newcomer, what is your biggest reason for running?
Benjamin: To support the priorities list above. To give my neighbors in the village a place to go with their concerns. Also, to help resolve residents' concerns at the Board level.
Woloszyk: To continue serving the residents of Butler to make correct decisions on the way we spend our tax money within the state restraints.
Kasdorf: I have lived in Butler since 1998, I want to make sure our tax dollars are going to good use and improve Butler for all the residents.
Name three things you feel are most important to your constituents that plan to work to uphold?
Woloszyk: Fix water main breaks promptly; fill potholes as soon as possible to smooth rides; and keep the village clean and neat so everyone can be proud of their village.
Benjamin: Being able to be available for all the residents of the village, to help with their concerns; taking the time to understand the codes and policies of the village and how they affect the residents; and to give an understanding of the workings of the board meetings to anyone from the village who asks.
Kasdorf: Good communication between our residents, departments, board members, and businesses; the ability to compromise and find reasonable solutions; and being a responsible voice in the debate over the financial operations of our community.
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