Bryan P. Lynch RVJ-Inside Survey Response – Page 3 of 4
would include pension reform and allowing Inspector General oversight of Aldermanicoffices. The other priority would be to ensure that enough revenue is allocated to: 1) fixthe current citywide police officer staffing shortage, and 2) provide adequate funding forour public schools to successfully educate our children.
Should Tax Increment Financing districts be eliminated? Why?
Tax Increment Financing districts should not be eliminated as a whole, as TIF funding plays anessential role in the economic development of underdeveloped parts of the City. However,certain TIF districts should indeed be eliminated, as certain TIF districts can no longer be calledunderdeveloped, resulting in millions of dollars that could be going to other city services likeeducation or police going unused in a TIF coffer.
In what way can the City Council improve its oversight responsibility for government?
The City Council can allow their Aldermanic offices to be under the purview of the Inspector General, and can create an Independent Budget Management body that will play a role infinalizing City budgets.
Would you hire family members for staff or a city government job? Explain your answer.
No, I would not hire family members for staff or city government jobs. This practice, whether family members in question are qualified or not, is one that does not pass the "smell" test and is arelic from a different day in Chicago government. Such an action would undermine mycredibility with my constituents, and for me to do my job as an Alderman effectively, it helps tohave my constituents understand that their own interests come before mine.
Would you support a property tax increase? Explain.
No, I would not support a property tax increase. Chicago residents and property owners alreadyface a significant tax burden, and many elderly home owners can barely afford their current property tax bills. At this time, a property tax increase is not a prudent type of revenue generator for the City.
City and teacher pensions are underfunded and city revenues are down. Do you supportmoving worker pensions from defined benefit to defined contribution plans?
An analysis should be undertaken to make changes in the current system. Defined benefit planswere created to provide for greater compensation for individuals that were compensated at alower rate over the course of their career. However, recent salary trends make warrant the Cityconsidering switching to a defined contributions plan, as some such plans do exist in the city.This would provide a defined savings amount so that people could gauge the amount of moneythey would have in retirement.
The Lincoln and Belmont intersection is vastly underdeveloped and the development forold LaSalle Bank building is bankrupt while the PD is set to expire in 2011. What wouldyou do to improve the area’s prospects?
The City should engage the parties and lender to try to create a catalyst for this stagnate project.However, the investment climate is the biggest obstacle to any project and the ability of the Cityto investment money or incentivize the project may be limited in the years ahead.