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Germantown Village Board District One race

Voter's guide for Tuesday, April 7, election

March 24, 2009

Terri Kaminski

Age: 54

Address: N12608 Mary Buth Lane

Employer/occupation: marketing consultant for Little Wood Inc.

Education: bachelor's degree in journalism and marketing

Years living in Germantown: 14

Contact: (262) 242-2754

How do you propose to keep taxes down?

Set priorities and control costs. Focus on the basics, like repairing roads. Budget like a business does during difficult times - zero-based budgeting, which means we review and justify every expense in every department to find new savings. Attract business to strengthen our tax base.

How do you propose to grow the local economy, in regard to areas like the Germantown Business Park?

I look forward to using my 25 years of marketing experience to help attract new business. We need a clearly defined marketing plan and we must be proactive to compete successfully against other communities. We can fulfill our goal of filling the business park while still respecting residents' concerns.

How do you propose to address the issue of roads and other infrastructure needs in the village?

Our roads must be a top priority. We must look hard at all department budgets to capture savings from nonpriority items so we can fund the basics like road repair. We also must pursue federal and state funds that become available to help offset road and infrastructure costs.

Bill Steitz

Age: 62

Address: W12420 Russet Court

Employer/occupation: retired senior officer of security at St. Joseph Hospital

Education: bachelor's degree in psychology, some graduate coursework

Years living in Germantown: 40

Contact: (262) 242-5411

How do you propose to keep taxes down?

During my six-year tenure on the board taxes were held by expanding the tax base, attracting new businesses and industries, and attracting moderate numbers of high-quality housing. Additionally, (I propose to) implement a volunteer registry, utilize volunteers and donated materials, and share equipment and services with other municipalities.

How do you propose to grow the local economy, in regard to areas like the Germantown Business Park?

Germantown must make the permit process for businesses more efficient. I propose (the) planning/engineering departments review and deal with developers in a timely basis and the Plan Commission work to accept development rather than reject it. Rejections should have specific steps to acceptance.

How do you propose to address the issue of roads and other infrastructure needs in the village?

We must identify specific needs and prioritize them. Main thoroughfares should be top priority for reconstruction and secondary roads should be repaired and/or refinished. In the case of utilities, preventive maintenance must be a top priority with replacement of sewer and water lines budgeted and completed yearly.

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