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Letter: Civic experience

Published: Wednesday, April 3, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

Background – the St. Charles 708 Mental Health Board was established by local referendum in the late ’80s to support city of St. Charles residents for addiction and mental health treatment via a small percent of our real estate taxes. All suggestions by the board must be approved by the City Council and become a part of the city’s annual budget. They are always available for public viewing.

Appointed by Mayor Don DeWitte six years ago to this board, I have had the privilege of serving with board chair and mayoral candidate John Rabchuk. John has been a member of this board for more than 12 years and chair for about seven and takes a very well thought out approach to guiding the board as it distributes taxpayer dollars to organizations that fit the charter’s requirements of allocation of funds to “local private and public agencies in their development of local plans for the most efficient delivery of mental health, alcoholism and substance abuse services.” Vigilant watch of taxpayer dollars is of utmost importance to John, and as funding has decreased due to declining revenue and funding requests that have increased, John has guided the board as it has made difficult decisions in its allocations to the various agencies and their funding requests.

As a successful business owner, John’s businessman’s methodology to this process has always impressed me.

John’s years of volunteering and experience on St. Charles community boards gives him valuable knowledge of the many aspects of the running of the city and the challenges faced by its leaders.

As well as serving as the chair of the 708 Mental Health Board, John has served on the Downtown St. Charles Partnership Board, treasured the River Corridor Foundation, vice-chaired the Comprehensive Plan Task Force, and been a longtime member of the St. Charles Noon Kiwanis. He has devoted many years of service to the betterment of the community of St. Charles. All of John’s volunteering was performed because of his commitment to the city and without asking for acknowledgment of his time.

I would encourage all voters to review the various candidates’ records of civic experience with the city and see that John has devoted more time to the city of St. Charles than the other three candidates combined.

Barb Gacic

St. Charles

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