I am running for another term as your mayor so I can continue to build upon the accomplishments we’ve made together over these last four years. You can trust I’m going to do what is right for our residents because I’ve successfully completed the agenda I set out when I ran for mayor in 2017.
Specifically, when it comes to fiscal responsibility, I promised that we would reduce spending in government, and we did that. We cut the mayor’s pay, we cut trustee pay, we cut our debt by $37 million in just four years and we lowered spending by 13.9%. Also, because we know that good government means a more accountable government, we passed term limits to keep the career politicians out and fresh voices in our village hall.
We are driving economic development so we can create good-paying jobs, grow revenue for the village in place of increased taxes and fees, and provide opportunities for our families looking for activities right here in our vibrant community. We have especially focused on developing the I-80 corridor, enhancing our downtown, and protecting our mall. We’re diversifying our economy while keeping the retail, restaurant, and auto sectors strong. Major businesses, small businesses, manufacturers, and restaurants are responding positively to our efforts and opening in our village.
Finally, we are investing in improving our roads, infrastructure, and parks. Before I took office, over 40% of our roads were in poor or very poor condition after years of underinvestment. In just four short years, we’ve laid the foundation for a sustainable infrastructure plan that responsibly maintains our roads and parks. Over the last two years, we increased our road resurfacing from just 9 of our 249 road regions to 32 and we made major improvements to 7 neighborhood parks & the John Humphrey Complex, resurfaced 18 tennis and basketball courts, and installed 7 pavilions.
With your support, we’ve made real tangible progress. During these next four years, I’ll continue to fight to end the political games once and for all, lead our village through the pandemic, and continue Orland Park’s forward momentum.