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Considering The Alternative Requires Considerable Review

Considering the Alernative for Mayor Requires Considerable Review

The choice In the April 9, 2013, election for mayor of Geneva is between a candidate who has successfully, creatively, and consistently steered Geneva through the challenges of an economic climate heretofore unseen by most who reside in Geneva, and a candidate whose platform promises change for change's sake.  

So, it's only fair to review the many good changes that have taken place and taken root during my time as mayor. 

Since 2001, the City of Geneva has developed and delivered 11 consecutive balanced budgets.

Since 2001, the City of Geneva has welcomed more than 1,200,000 square feet of new commercial and industrial space, which has benefited our community's bottom line. 

Since 2001, the City of Geneva has made investments in our water, wastewater and electric utilities to ensure reliable and affordable services for generations to come.

Since 2001, the City of Geneva has enhanced public safety services in the fire and police division and lead modifications and efficiencies in the regional 911 call center.

Since 2001, the City of Geneva has streamlined its operations to make government more accessible, more accountable and more responsive to our customers — you. 

Since 2001, the city of Geneva has engaged students of all ages through collaborative programming such as Art for All at City Hall and the City of Geneva/Geneva Community High School Student Government Program.

Since 2001, the City of Geneva has finalized land acquisition that makes up the nearly 500 acres of perpetual open space known as Prairie Green.

Since 2001, the City if Geneva has worked with the Geneva Chamber of Commerce to develop and refine one of America's most premier car shows - Concourse d' Elegance — drawing tens of thousands to downtown Geneva in August of every year — and the acclaimed Geneva Arts Fair which draws just as many people to our historic downtown. 

So, when you cast your vote for who should be the next mayor of Geneva, consider this: Only one candidate has a record of developing balanced budgets, allocating resources to ensure immediate and future success for Geneva, and knows how to collaborate with the Chamber, business community and citizens to promote and sustain Geneva’s reputation as a premier place to live, learn, work, play and raise a family. 

I respectfully ask for your vote on Tuesday, April 9th. 

My best,

 

Kevin R. Burns

PH:  630-877-1875

EM:  burns4mayor@yahoo.com

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Matilda B February 26, 2013 at 12:04 AM
I have a question. You mention investment in electric utilities. Aurora invested in green electrical sources and their rates,I have been told, are better than ours. Why are we doing coal and what can we do to change to a green source. Coal is never green and not sustainable. And lower electrical rates would be nice
Mike B. February 26, 2013 at 01:18 PM
It's great to see that Kevin has such a high opinion of himself. That makes one person in Geneva, anyway...
Matilda B February 26, 2013 at 10:15 PM
For some reason, your opponent's blog does not invite comments. Since he attacked the City's doing a master plan, I will comment here. It is necessary to have vision. Most businesses do a similar activity on a regular basis. The plans and vision may change over time, but we still need to look ahead and plan for the future. We have to plan for the future whether it costs us money or not; or whether we look for grant monies. I'm surprised at Bob's short sightedness. Not sure we can have that in a mayor
Justa H. February 27, 2013 at 01:30 PM
"Most businesses do a similar activity on a regular basis." So last I checked, Geneva is a municipal entity and not a commercial real estate developer. When municipalities use taxpayer funds and risk those tax dollars by subsidizing for profit entities, that is tantamount to gambling. The city should provide a framework for investment not a detailed roadmap which is pitched to investors as a public private partnership, ie TIFS.

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