Two candidates running for Trout Valley village president

TROUT VALLEY – The incumbent candidate running for Trout Valley Village President has stated that his experience will be important in the face of potential upcoming challenges.

Incumbent Robert Baker is running against Brian Krueger for a four-year village president term in Trout Valley, a small village near Cary of roughly 530 people.

In responses to a questionnaire from the Northwest Herald, Baker said one of his main concerns is a possible budget shortfall resulting from proposed cuts in state funding.

"We don't tax our residents and have very little commercial activity, so we are dependent on the revenue we receive from the state," Baker stated. "With the governor's call to significantly reduce these payments, we face a severe reduction in the funds we use to pay for security, road maintenance and other services provided by the village."

On the phone, he later added that his experience leading the village since 2003 would lend itself to handling such a situation if one arises.

"I have an understanding of where there may be possibilities of what can be cut and other areas that absolutely cannot be cut," Baker said.

He also indicate that he believed these issues will be challenging for his opponent, who has not served on the village board, and said ongoing projects he and the current board have started require one more term to be completed.

But Krueger, who works at the Leyden Fire Protection District, indicated in a letter to the Northwest Herald that he does, in fact, have plenty of municipal experience and would address proposed cuts by prioritizing expenditures.

"I have spent a quarter of a century working for villages and municipalities in community service," Krueger said. "I have represented my fire departments on a number of government, pension, union, legal, public policy, tax boards and professional organizations."

He also stated that he has become familiar with aspects of administration, including "writing policy, initiating change, developing standard operating procedures, keeping precise legal records, budgeting for and purchasing equipment and services, employee training, discipline and negotiations."

According to Krueger's letter, some of his goals include advocating that the village work in greater unity with the TV Association, ensuring the public spaces stay safe and aesthetic, detailing expenditures on a line-by-line basis for transparency, and seeking available grants and partnership money to preserve historical heritages of the village.

"My vision to serve Trout Valley is to ensure that it will remain a safe place to live and raise a family in, economically sound, and a place rich in diversity and strong in community," Krueger stated. "I will listen to our residents, be responsive and stand up for what is right for the future of our village. I also intend to preserve the unique history, heritage and natural beauty of Trout Valley."

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