To the Editor:
St. Charles certainly needs a competent executive as mayor.
1. St. Charles' city property tax rate is 28 percent higher than Geneva’s and 23 percent higher than Batavia’s.
2. Some planning documents show the city has projected red ink for years to come.
3. The failed First Street Redevelopment Project is a mess even after the city has spent $31 million.
4. $16 million of Costco city sales taxes are paying for bonds that subsidized Costco’s purchase of land.
5. The city is rebating sales tax funds back to seven existing St. Charles companies.
The people of St. Charles are most fortunate to have a mayoral candidate who is extremely competent, and his name is Jake Wyatt. He is a retired army colonel who was awarded the Bronze Star for valor while serving in Vietnam.
In the Persian Gulf War, Jake supervised 100 logistics experts and interfaced with 33 coalition nations to provide for the procurement and placement of $57 billion worth of supplies, equipment and services into the combat theater. General Schwarzkopf, who lead the 670,000-man army, stated that the logistic effort was “Herculean."
His most emotional and memorable military experience was in Vietnam when he helped to bring back American soldiers who had been held prisoner in the jungle.
At Sears he was responsible for a $300 million budget, and he saved Sears $150 million through cost cutting and cost avoidance.
Because Jake cares about people, if elected, he will implement a "Mayor's Open Door Policy" where he will hold bi-monthly meetings one hour prior to City Council meetings and have meetings on Mondays where citizens can freely express their concerns, ideas and issues.
Jake Wyatt – a remarkable man who grew up in St. Charles and who will make us proud.
Gene KalleySt. Charles