Name: Chrissy Dutton
Office seeking: Madison County Board District 15
City of residence: Bethalto
Campaign website: https://www.facebook.com/chrissydutton.madisoncountyboard
Why are you running and why should you be nominated? Born and raised in Madison County, I have strong ties to each of the communities I represent. I grew up in the Wood River area and attended Roxana schools, graduating from Roxana High School in 1996. I am a mom of two sons and Bethalto has been my home for the last 10 years. I am running because the concerns of the taxpayers are extremely important to me and I want to be a part of making good, common sense policy. The hardworking citizens of Madison County need to know their tax dollars are being used wisely and they are receiving the maximum return on their hard-earned dollars. I have been on the board for 14 months now and it has been an honor and a privilege. I have served honestly and with integrity, representing my constituents and all the citizens of Madison County. I have heard their concerns about wasteful spending and rising property taxes and took action with my vote to lower the tax levy and freeze elected officials’ salaries. I believe I offer a new perspective and positive solutions, and I would like to continue serving and fighting for the taxpayers in Madison County.
What is the most important issue facing your county and how would you handle it? Many politicians say they will fight to lower property taxes and cut wasteful spending, but in my short time on the board, I’ve actually done it. I voted in favor of lowering the property tax levy by $1.8 million while maintaining a balanced budget and increasing funding for law enforcement. I have also worked alongside my fellow board members to freeze the salaries for elected officials who still make over $110,000, which amounts to approximately $150,000 when including health benefits and retirement contributions. As County Board members I believe we should lead by example and that is why I will always vote against pay raises and benefits for county board members.
What other issues do you want to focus on as a county board member? How would you approach those issues? At the December 2017 meeting, I proposed we consider consolidating redundant offices within the county which can improve efficiency and save the taxpayers a significant amount over time. One example is my proposal to eliminate the elected Recorder of Deeds, whose position has become unnecessary and antiquated and yet we’re still on the hook for a six-figure salary and benefits package. Most Illinois counties are recognizing that the duties of the Recorder’s office can be overseen by the County Clerk and by eliminating the elected Recorder position we can save taxpayers approximately $1.4 million over the next 10 years. I believe the taxpaying citizens of Madison County should be given the opportunity to vote on this proposal through a referendum on the November 2018 ballot. The resolution to put a referendum on the ballot passed unanimously in the bipartisan Finance Committee and if passed by the full County Board, this matter will be put into the hands of the voters.