I believe that budgets and borrowing need to be controlled in a responsible manner that respects both the needs of the community and the burden on taxpayers. My record as Winnebago County Executive shows that I have proven success managing spending and debt. Total County spending has has increased less than 1.5% since I took office in April of 2005.

County debt has decreased by more than 28 million dollars or 44%. None of this was at the expense of the services the County provides. Despite controlling spending I was able to build a new,168 bed nursing home when so many other counties were closing their facilities.

We built new engineering classrooms at UWO Fox Cities, so the local economy would have more access to highly skilled workers. Also, we invested over 42 million dollars in new transportation infrastructure projects. My record demonstrates that I am able to manage the budget in a way that is good for our long term fiscal health, and that meets the needs of the community.

Mark Controlled Spending and Reduced the Debt While Maintaining Services

Outstanding Debt

  1. As of 4.30.05 $54,636,000
  2. As of 4.30.20$34,600,007*

Equalized Tax Rate

  1. Equalized Tax Rate 20055.68
  2. Equalized Tax Rate 20205.07
*Debt fluctuates with principal payments and new bonding.