2017 Oswego Candidate Questionnaire: Allyson Jacobsen, Oswego Township Trustee
Mar 19, 2017 09:09PM ● Published by Steven Jack
Website: None …. Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Employment: Office Manager at Deep Coat
Family: Rick Jacobsen (Spouse), Amanda Plonka (Daughter) 18, Ricky Jacobsen (Step-son) 15, and Andrew Plonka (Son) 11.
Education: Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Illinois at Springfield (Cum Laude) - May 2014, Associate of Arts Degree from Illinois Valley Community College (Cum Laude) - May 2003, Graduated from Downers Grove North High School - June 1997
Previously elected office: None
Relevant community service: Served 2 years as the Secretary for the Young Republicans
What makes you qualified to serve as an elected Oswego Township official?
I have lived in Oswego Township since 2010 and have consistent voting history. I truly feel that as a Trustee I would be best able to utilize my business knowledge and customer service skills to help the residents of the township.
What are your specific plans to restore transparency and public trust in the township?
By bringing the township website into the 21st century, the township can offer residents the ability to be on an email list for meeting minutes, agendas, and other pertinent information. As well, knowing their elected officials are readily available to hear their thoughts, concerns, and answer any questions they might have.
If any, what are your specific ideas for expanded Township services?
Through reviewing the budget to see where all funds are spent and where costs can be saved, I feel that the township needs to look at the restoring infrastructure and senior services. As a society that will see mass need for Senior Services in the next 10 years, I feel it is vital for the township to see where funds are being spent, where it is most effective, and where funds could help the greatest.
Would you support an effort to consolidate township services with other local taxing bodies to eventually remove this layer of government?
Honestly, no. I support working with other government entities, but in this case I feel that Kendall County would not have a chance of helping Boulder Hill, which comprises a great amount of the Township. Boulder Hill is unincorporated and has no voice in either Oswego or Montgomery government decisions. The closest thing Boulder Hill has to any form of government is the Township. Kendall County, Oswego, and Montgomery governing bodies could all work together with the Township in order to reduce funds necessary to accomplish the tasks at hand.
If you are elected, what do you believe should be the Township’s top 3 immediate priorities?
The top 3 priorities of the township should be fiscal responsibility, transparency, and infrastructure.