County Board District 3 Q&A: Aaron Esry

County Board District 3 Q&A: Aaron Esry

Candidates for contested county board races were given the opportunity to answer a series of questions about county government. Here are the answers from Aaron Esry, a Republican candidate in District 3:

Self employed Electrician

District 4 Board member, appointed to fill unexpired term

1. Name five things you would like to accomplish in the next two years on the Champaign County Board.

No answer

2. What criticisms do you have of the current county board?

No answer

3. Under what circumstances, if any, would you vote for another increase in property taxes to support the operation of the Champaign County Nursing Home?

If a referendum passed in my district. I personally am opposed to increasing the property tax for this. I would let the voters in my district dictate how I would vote as a board member and am not opposed to putting this on the ballot should the need arise to do so.

4. Under what circumstances could you vote to sell or close the Champaign County Nursing Home?

If a referendum did not pass, and the Nursing Home was continually operating in the red.

5. Would you vote to increase the $60 per diem paid to county board members?

No. I didn't support the increase from the previous $45 per diem.

6. Which county offices, if any, do you believe could be eliminated or consolidated with another county office?

No answer

7. What specific actions could be taken to cut the county budget?

No answer

8. Do you think the downtown Urbana correctional center should be closed and all of its functions moved to an expanded correctional center on Lierman Avenue in Urbana?

As a board, we are currently in the process of starting to study this issue. I don't want us to pour money down the proverbial "rathole" if the downtown jail is not able to be remodeled to suit our needs at a reasonable cost. N

9. What programs and services that the county does not provide, if any, do you think are needed?

No answer.

10. Do you believe the county should take on part of the financial obligation to operate Willard Airport as an economic development tool? Why or why not?

Not at present. Let's get the nursing home taken care of, before even thinking of tackling this.

11. What can the county board do to enhance economic development locally?

No answer

12. With a smaller county board in December, do you think the county board meeting room should be reconfigured at an undetermined cost to improve communications among board members and to enhance television coverage of the board?

For better interaction between the board members, I would like to see this happen. At this time however, with the limited resources available to the County, I would not be in favor of reconfiguring the board room.


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