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Aitken: Vibrant parks crucial to community

Published: Friday, March 17, 2017 9:24 p.m. CDT

My name is Kip Aitken, and I am seeking re-election to the Sterling Park District Board of Commissioners.

My nearly 3 years of experience as a park commissioner have provided me valuable insight on how the Park District functions and its most popular programs. My continuing role as park commissioner will provide consistency and dependability.

I take my commitment to fiscal responsibility seriously. In my time on the board, taxes in Sterling Township have remained relatively static. In fact, the owner of a $100,000 house is paying only $4 more per year in Park District taxes today than when I was appointed to the Park Board.

Additionally, we have operated with a budget surplus, adding $21,000 to the Park District’s reserves and have received more than $2 million in donations and grants, while most program fees have remained the same or, in some cases, have been reduced.

I will continue to vigilantly and responsibly maintain this stewardship of the community’s resources.

A vibrant Park District is a crucial component of the fabric of our community, and I will continue to support the maintenance of our parks and facilities at a level we all can be proud of. Recreational programming must continue to appeal to a wide audience with varied interests. And I will make sure we are adequately funding programs that are beneficial to our community.

If elected, I will continue to seek this balance of reasonable tax rates and to provide programs and facilities that improve the standard of living of our citizens and attract new people to Sterling.

It will be my honor to serve the community of Sterling for 4 more years. I humbly ask for your vote and appreciate your support on April 4. Thank you.

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