MacLauchin outlines his record and vision for town

My name is Bill MacLauchlin and I am running for a second term as the town of Palatine supervisor.

I’d like to tell you a little bit about myself, my accomplishments and goals for my second term in office.

As resident of the town of Palatine for nearly 50 years, I raised my family and three of my family members still reside in the township and pay taxes here. As a local insurance and real estate businessman for over 45 years, I have an interest in seeing our town grow and be a place to raise a family.

When I took office, there were several issues left from the previous supervisor which needed to be addressed.

There was a budget short fall, a town hall too small to accommodate the residents and badly in need of repairs. Our finances needed restructuring and our investments were poorly managed.

Taxes had to be raised to meet the shortfall left by the previous administration. We are on track now toward reversing the trends and creating a more reasonable tax situation.

The town was receiving only $232 on our investments when I took office and it took most of my first year to shop around and better the return. The township now receives $8,600 annually on its investments.

I’ve analyzed the present town hall situation and no matter how its configured, the building is too small to conduct both the town’s business and the town court. The property is land-locked and there is no room for expansion. Having owned several properties of my own, I’m very familiar with how to get the most usable space out of a property at a reasonable cost.

My goals for the future include doing what is best for the residents of the town of Palatine. I am a taxpayer and my family members pay taxes in the town. The members of our board need a positive attitude. The glass can be half full or half empty. There are certain people in the town who are negative thinkers and do not want progress. This needs to change. Our town is financially sound and needs to move forward in a positive direction.

If I am re-elected, I will continue to move forward, continue to invest the town’s money wisely and will continue to make our town a great place to live.

I would appreciate your vote in the primary Tuesday, June 25.

WILLIAM “BILL” MACLAUCHLIN

Town of Palatine Supervisor