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Shorewood Village Board Voter's Guide

Voter's guide for Tuesday, April 2 election (two seats)

March 20, 2013

Tammy Bockhorst

Age: 41

Employer/occupation: owner, Tammy Bockhorst Consulting; co-founder Northern Strategies

Education: B.A. International Relations & Spanish and M.A. Spanish Linguistics & Literature, Univeristy of Wisconsin-Madison

Contact: (414) 944-1181, info@tammybockhorst.com

Why are you the right person for the job?

I am a qualified leader who brings people together to solve complicated problems, such as organizing the Green Bag campaign in Shorewood. I've taught at UW-Madison, MATC and MSOE, and I run an IT & PR consulting business. I will work for sustainable growth consistent with Shorewood's progressive values.

What is your position on the possible consolidation of the Whitefish Bay, Shorewood and Glendale police departments?

Consolidation is a significant change and a somewhat irreversible step, thus prudence is required. There are many unanswered questions, for example, would Shorewood cede control of public safety decisions. No action should be taken without thorough vetting of all solutions and ample opportunity to hear from the public.

Gov. Walker's proposed 2013-15 budget includes a continuation of the tax levy freeze. With that restriction in place, how should the village balance future budgets?

Shorewood has a long-range financial plan and a vision plan that guide our budget process. Unfortunately the shortsighted levy freeze prevents us from making common-sense adjustments for inflation. To balance our budget we must either increase our tax revenue - via development, higher fees or special assessments for capital improvements - or reduce services and staff. I prefer restoring local control to municipalities. Currently Shorewood is growing, but eventually developable space will be exhausted. We need to proactively look to unite with similar communities to lobby for less onerous legislation from the state while we re-evaluate our vision and financial plans.

Patrick Linnane (i)

Age: 68

Employer/occupation: retired as executive director of Milwaukee-based Planning Council for Health and Human Services.

Education: B.A. Philosophy and Theology from Mount St. Paul College; M.A. Cultural and Philosophical Foundations of Education from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Contact: (414) 331-9294, plinnane@sbcglobal.net

Why are you the right person for the job?

I am seeking re-election because I am confident my more than 40 years as a Shorewood resident, my decades of professional life in public service, and my years of dedicated service on the Village Board have earned the continued trust of Shorewood residents.

What is your position on the possible consolidation of the Whitefish Bay, Shorewood and Glendale police departments?

Consolidating services is not new to these communities. They will, as they have done before, engage their residents in a cautious and open examination of the risks and benefits associated with consolidation. Communities need to find ways to work together and sometimes consolidating services can be a good one.

Gov. Walker's proposed 2013-15 budget includes a continuation of the tax levy freeze. With that restriction in place, how should the village balance future budgets?

I think it is necessary that the village continue to control its operating expenses while it considers a wider range of options of supporting services than the property tax. Largely, controlling operating expenses has meant fewer hires, improved efficiencies and an aggressive approach to shared services or merged services. We also have to pay attention to revenues. Tax Incremental Financing has been an important tool for improving revenues in future years. In the immediate future, however, we need to examine the potential of moving some services off the property tax through fee for service or other service-related charges.

Paul Zovic

Age: 51

Employer/occupation: environmental consultant, former School Board member/president

Education: B.S. Engineering Management from Milwaukee School of Engineering

Contact: (414) 659-2350, zovic@wi.rr.com

Why are you the right person for the job?

I have significant/relevant experience in business (as a small-business owner); in technical/financial matters (as a consultant/project manager); in Shorewood (24 year homeowner/resident); and, in creative, collaborative service (10 1/2 years on Shorewood School Board). That experience, coupled with my love of Shorewood and passion for service is a perfect fit.

What is your position on the possible consolidation of the Whitefish Bay, Shorewood and Glendale police departments?

Shared services make sense and are critical to our financial sustainability. While we must not underestimate the importance of a strong, visible, active police force, we must (as costs and funding pressures increase) seriously and comprehensively look at consolidation; and must continually evaluate all other cost savings measures as well.

Gov. Walker's proposed 2013-15 budget includes a continuation of the tax levy freeze. With that restriction in place, how should the village balance future budgets?

Shorewood is a great place to live, raise a family, work and recreate. We have great neighborhoods, excellent schools, and a growing commercial community. Balancing the costs and benefits of all village services and decisions is vital to our continued success and we must continually search for ways to work smarter and spend less - regardless of whether or not a levy freeze is in place. My years of experience as a businessman coupled with my experience with declining state aide and levy limits as a School Board member is unique and will serve the community and Village Board very well.

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