LETTER: Why it’s important to vote on March 18

To the editor:

My name is Bill Brazill, and I’ve been on the village board in Minoa for the past twelve years. John Champagne is also a board member, and he and I will be running for re-election on March 18, when the village will hold an election for two open trustee positions and the village justice position. Both of us have leadership skills, experience and years of community involvement.

Serving as a village official is a part-time job that requires a tremendous amount of time, energy and dedication. In addition to our elected positions, the mayor and all of us on the board have full time jobs, from which we take an average of eight to ten personal days (from our full time jobs) to attend meetings and conferences throughout the year. These meetings, which are held throughout the state, enable us to stay current on laws, regulations and changes that may have an effect on our village.

Running the village could be compared to running a small corporation. We have a $3,900,000 budget with nine departments and more than 40 employees. If we are going to continue to run our village successfully, we need to elect people with knowledge and experience.

John and I have worked hard to maintain our tax rate, in spite of all the unfunded mandates passed down to us from the state and federal governments. We are well-respected throughout the county and the state, and because of this, we are able to get help from our representatives at those levels to offset some of the costs of these mandates.

It’s great to see people participating in their local governments, and we encourage village residents to attend our board meetings where we always welcome input, comments and opinions. In addition, we urge all residents to vote in the upcoming election. Please take the time to get to know the people who are running for the honor of representing you and our great village. The people you choose to put into office will impact your life on a daily basis, so it’s important to learn as much as possible about the candidates before casting your ballot.

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