New Trier independent trio takes team approach to trusteeship
In a joint bid for New Trier Township trustee posts, three candidates highlighted potentially untapped local revenue as just one example of their team’s commitment to greater jurisdictional transparency.
Using a recent Facebook post, Kathy Myalls, Bob Costello and Stacey Woehrle sought to enlighten the local residents on better planning and utilization of local tax dollars, and to raise awareness of political jurisdiction boundaries.
"Did you know that many offices in the Township building in Winnetka go unused by the township, but are available for friends of Township employees?” the group said. “We believe that unused Township space should be rented or sold, or should be available to all Township residents.”
Myalls, who works as assistant general counsel at Interpublic Group in Chicago, previously ran for state representative in District 17 in 2014. She then focused on taxes, education and pension reform, according to both the Chicago Tribune and the nonpartisan Ballotpedia website.
Costello, a managing director for TransWestern Capital Advisors, recently advised the League of Women Voters (LWV) of Glenview/Glencoe that the team’s top priorities for township transparency included immediate or timely web posting of meeting documents, agendas and budgets. They also favor greater online document accessibility and more efficient email communication with the townspeople.
“Transparency and accountability go together, and we plan to increase both,” he said. He and Myalls cited transparency as paramount to the group’s platform, according to the LWV.
Stacey Woehrle brings financial acumen to the team from auditing work at Ernst & Young and budget management for various firms. The Township’s operations needed a closer look, she said, adding that administrative and overhead costs were excessive, according to a LWV questionnaire.
“(It) is important to evaluate Township expenses and overhead and reduce those expenses where appropriate,” Woehrle said. “The people of New Trier Township deserve better.”
Myalls, Costello and Woehrle urged voters to have confidence in their abilities in their recent online post.
“Vote for (us) on April 4 to be better stewards of your Township and your tax dollars!!" they said.
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