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Election

Election 2019: James Marter, Oswego Village Board

James Marter
James Marter

James Marter

Age: 30

Current occupation/employer: IT/Software Consultant

Prior governmental experience and/or civic involvement: Oswego Plan Commission Member

Have worked as an IT consultant for Fire Departments, Police Departments, Villages, and Public Works departments. I’m an Eagle Scout from Oswego Troop 63.

Why are you seeking election to a seat on the Oswego Village Board?

The current village board has repeatedly raised taxes and it is negatively affecting the village's residents, specifically our seniors, single parents and low-income households. In addition, the current village board refuses to regularly work with the school district, largely keeping them in the dark on most issues. Some of the most glaring examples including the excessive reduction or total waiving of impact fees, directly undercutting the school district.

What sets you apart from the other board candidates?

My youth and experience set me apart. I represent that “Future of Oswego” often discussed. Because of this, I won’t attempt to saddle the residents of Oswego with undue burdens, as I’m well aware of their impacts.

If elected, what would be your top priority as a board member?

To maintain a high degree of fiscal responsibility and to protect Oswego residents from the continuous and excessive tax increases that the current Village Board has so liberally saddled us with.

Do you support the current board’s handling of economic development, including the establishment of the downtown TIF district?

I do not support the TIF district as currently constructed. Throughout the current estimated life of the TIF district, the village expects to see an estimated $1.8 million of extra tax revenue per year that could otherwise be used to help fund Oswego’s schools, parks, libraries, etc.

Do you support the Village’s efforts to secure a Metra commuter rail station?

No, as we have other existing transportation priorities, like the traffic and safety issues along Wolf’s Crossing, specifically at Route 30, Harvey,and Douglas Road (estimated over $30 million), that are being ignored by the Village.

Is there fat in the Village’s budget? If so, what programs or positions would you work to eliminate?

The giveaways to developers need to end, including the excessive giveaways for the current downtown development. Prior to the current village board, our yearly expenses were regularly well below $30 million a year, but that changed with the current village board, and it's been to the detriment of Oswego residents and taxpayers.

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