We love Oak Park. We live, work, and invest here because Oak Park is such a wonderful community. It is easy to be fully vested in Oak Park.

We sincerely appreciate the part of our community that makes it a habit of helping others. There are many companies, charities, groups, and individuals who go above and beyond in their efforts to improve the lives of the less fortunate. Thank you! 

As we review the positions and platforms of candidates for Oak Park Village Board, the focus on serving people in need appears to be a major emphasis. This is what we expect from our leaders in such a terrific and caring community.

However, there seems to be a lack of balance of compassion with an equally strong sense of overall fiscal responsibility in the current candidates. It feels good to say you want to help others. But most candidates seem to look for the easy solution, take more of your money to do it. Don’t they know they are hurting many others by overtaxing? 

The real estate taxes in our community have already spiraled out of control. We are at a point where home values are negatively affected due to the high tax burden. We often hear from people about staying in Oak Park only until their kids graduate. Everyone says they love the people in our village but many feel as if they have to leave due to the taxes; they can’t afford to stay.

This is one of the many reasons why we wholeheartedly support Bridgett Baron for Oak Park village trustee. We have known Bridgett and her husband, Matt, for over 15 years, ever since we were all younger parents of infant twins. In addition to being smart, kind, and fair-minded, Bridgett’s passion for fiscal responsibility is exactly what Oak Park needs. She’s the right candidate at a crucial time in our village.

Steve & Laurie Berggren

Oak Park

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