Campaign Platform

Vote For The Man with the Plan

Click on any question below to learn Mike Saville’s position on some key issues.

Besides my obvious love for Aurora, being born, raised and living in Aurora all of my life, I am running for Alderman because I have the experience (34 years as Alderman on the City Council), leadership, and ideas to move our City forward.  We have made many improvements since I have been Alderman.  There are challenges Aurora faces today, and I have a proven ability to work with people to solve them.   I am not looking at Band-Aid approaches, but long-term solutions to solve our challenges. There is so much more we can do to make our city better for all our residents.  We have so much we can build upon – a diverse population, great amenities, good infrastructure, and affordability.  It requires – energy, partnership, creativity, ability to make tough decisions, common sense, and it takes leadership – and I have all that I have Decades of Decadence!!

There are several issues that need to be tackled simultaneously.  Safe neighborhoods are always the first priority together with economic development to expand our tax base.  Aurora Downtown needs more economic development attention.  Aurora is a great place to live, work, and raise our families and we need to build on that. There are several issues all interrelated – ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT  – We have experienced good economic development on the far east side, Route 56 Corridor, and the Orchard Road/Galena corridor for the far west side.  And downtown Aurora has many amenities to offer and to take advantage of i.e., the Fox River, the Paramount, Rivers Edge Park, new Library, downtown Waubonsee Community College, River Walk, Sci Tech, Fire Museum, Pierce History Center – we have much to build on to make our downtown a regional destination point. Additionally, we have to focus on economic development for the near east and near west sides.  There needs to be living wage job creation and occupancy of vacant buildings.  The only way the East Side and West Side School districts to financially improve is to boost the tax base.  The School Districts need businesses that create living wage jobs and improve their images.  We have plenty of affordable housing surrounding the downtown areas and we must do all we can to promote density reduction and homeownership.  The near east and near west sides of town needs to become a thriving economic engine of the City to help change the economic demographics and thereby improving the schools districts. TAXES – The city of Aurora collects $2 out of every $10 in taxes collected.  Aurora has an overall high tax rate and the City needs to continue to be fiscally responsible and transparent in budgeting.  I know the schools are the majority of the tax levy but this ties back to economic development. As we improve development throughout the city, the tax base increases and it lessens the burden on the residents and property tax bills. CRIME / SAFETY – Aurora has all the issues of a large urban city (gangs, homeless, etc.) and we need creative partnerships lead by police, social service agencies, schools, businesses, etc. to work together.  I will not be afraid to take risks and be creative.  It will not be one big action but many smaller efforts working together. SCHOOLS – both West High and East High school districts student test scores are too low.  I believe we have to partner with the schools in making the districts economically stronger to keep their levies down, strict housing enforcement to lower density, and improve housing stock and enforce standards that improves the neighborhoods.

I have been a strong proponent of economic developments for over 37 years and I have approved billions of dollars of development, since I have been on the Planning Commission since 1980.  We must be aggressive and reach out to the business community looking at ways to make development easy in our city.  Economic activity is the key and although our employment rate is 5.1% we can improve.  We need more jobs.  We can leverage our fiber network to attract companies, more retail and sales tax, etc.  Our goal should be a “Gigabyte City” (like Chattanooga, Kansas City, and Santa Monica).  We need to expand the tax base to lessen the burden on the levy and therefore the taxpayers.  We also need to be fiscally conservative, always looking for cost savings, efficiencies, and better ways to accomplish our goals to lower costs. Aurora has a AA Bond rating!!  I have voted for 34 years in a row of City of Aurora balanced budgets!!  We must live within our means!!

Aurora is an attractive place to live as our City continues to add population since the 2010 census.  By adding to our economic base, expanding economic development, increasing living wage jobs is the best way to attract people to Aurora.  I co-sponsored the 2008 Crime Free Housing Ordinance and sponsored amendments to the 2018 Crime Free Housing Ordinance to make rental housing safe for both landlords and renters — thereby creating safer neighborhoods.  I believe we need to do more with density reduction methods and resurrect the reconversion grant funds to change multi-family homes back to single family homes (it was my idea to have a reconversion program over 30 years ago).  Continue to keep our infrastructure in good condition: roads, bridges, sewers, safe drinking water, and parks / open space, etc.  And we need more parks / open space in our older neighborhoods.  We have built 6 new parks in my ward in recent years (New Haven Park, Plum Park, Iowa Park, Wilkinson Community Garden Park, Blackhawk Park, Palace Street Park).  We must continue to build on making the downtown a destination point.

The City of Aurora is its own separate taxing and elected body.  The School Districts are separate government entities as well.  So the best way the City of Aurora can support our school districts is to be aggressive in expanding our economic tax base by getting businesses to locate in Aurora and thereby generating living wage jobs.  I have always been a proponent of economic development incentives when it makes economic sense – being cautious in how we use City funds.  Any proposed projects need to be evaluated to insure the city will get adequate return on their investment that makes economic and fiscal sense.  The City needs to be careful not to be too free spending with incentives.  And our City needs to focus on stable housing and code enforcement.  The City also, needs to work with our State representatives to put pressure on Springfield at all levels to fund schools differently and not on the backs of our local taxpayers.

I will continue to work with the Aurora community as I always have.  I have always been open and receptive to my 6th Ward constituents in listening to their concerns and getting services delivered to them or sponsoring legislation to help them. I have annual Town Hall meetings every year and will continue to reach out to the citizens of 6th Ward.  And working together we can solve the challenges our City faces.  Also, we need to be open, transparent, fiscally focused and willing to partner. Working together we can improve our community.

As Alderman of the 6th Ward, I represent three Historic Districts, plus our Downtown.  I have been very supportive of our Historic Districts and will continue doing so.   I have partnered with Mayor Irvin to resurrect the historic district grant program to fund, stabilize and uplift our older neighborhoods.  The City has always taken a common sense approach to historic preservation, and I will continue to do so.  There has always been a balance between historic preservation and economic development. It is important to use economic development to save and rehab architectural and historic buildings.  I have always supported incentives to save historic buildings when it made economic development sense and I will continue to do so.

Besides my obvious love for Aurora, being born, raised and living in Aurora all of my life, I am running for Alderman because I have the experience (34 years as Alderman on the City Council), leadership, and ideas to move our City forward.  We have made many improvements since I have been Alderman.  There are challenges Aurora faces today, and I have a proven ability to work with people to solve them.   I am not looking at Band-Aid approaches, but long-term solutions to solve our challenges. There is so much more we can do to make our city better for all our residents.  We have so much we can build upon – a diverse population, great amenities, good infrastructure, and affordability.  It requires – energy, partnership, creativity, ability to make tough decisions, common sense, and it takes leadership – and I have all that I have Decades of Decadence!!

There are several issues that need to be tackled simultaneously.  Safe neighborhoods are always the first priority together with economic development to expand our tax base.  Aurora Downtown needs more economic development attention.  Aurora is a great place to live, work, and raise our families and we need to build on that. There are several issues all interrelated – ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT  – We have experienced good economic development on the far east side, Route 56 Corridor, and the Orchard Road/Galena corridor for the far west side.  And downtown Aurora has many amenities to offer and to take advantage of i.e., the Fox River, the Paramount, Rivers Edge Park, new Library, downtown Waubonsee Community College, River Walk, Sci Tech, Fire Museum, Pierce History Center – we have much to build on to make our downtown a regional destination point. Additionally, we have to focus on economic development for the near east and near west sides.  There needs to be living wage job creation and occupancy of vacant buildings.  The only way the East Side and West Side School districts to financially improve is to boost the tax base.  The School Districts need businesses that create living wage jobs and improve their images.  We have plenty of affordable housing surrounding the downtown areas and we must do all we can to promote density reduction and homeownership.  The near east and near west sides of town needs to become a thriving economic engine of the City to help change the economic demographics and thereby improving the schools districts. TAXES – The city of Aurora collects $2 out of every $10 in taxes collected.  Aurora has an overall high tax rate and the City needs to continue to be fiscally responsible and transparent in budgeting.  I know the schools are the majority of the tax levy but this ties back to economic development. As we improve development throughout the city, the tax base increases and it lessens the burden on the residents and property tax bills. CRIME / SAFETY – Aurora has all the issues of a large urban city (gangs, homeless, etc.) and we need creative partnerships lead by police, social service agencies, schools, businesses, etc. to work together.  I will not be afraid to take risks and be creative.  It will not be one big action but many smaller efforts working together. SCHOOLS – both West High and East High school districts student test scores are too low.  I believe we have to partner with the schools in making the districts economically stronger to keep their levies down, strict housing enforcement to lower density, and improve housing stock and enforce standards that improves the neighborhoods.

I have been a strong proponent of economic developments for over 37 years and I have approved billions of dollars of development, since I have been on the Planning Commission since 1980.  We must be aggressive and reach out to the business community looking at ways to make development easy in our city.  Economic activity is the key and although our employment rate is 5.1% we can improve.  We need more jobs.  We can leverage our fiber network to attract companies, more retail and sales tax, etc.  Our goal should be a “Gigabyte City” (like Chattanooga, Kansas City, and Santa Monica).  We need to expand the tax base to lessen the burden on the levy and therefore the taxpayers.  We also need to be fiscally conservative, always looking for cost savings, efficiencies, and better ways to accomplish our goals to lower costs. Aurora has a AA Bond rating!!  I have voted for 34 years in a row of City of Aurora balanced budgets!!  We must live within our means!!

Aurora is an attractive place to live as our City continues to add population since the 2010 census.  By adding to our economic base, expanding economic development, increasing living wage jobs is the best way to attract people to Aurora.  I co-sponsored the 2008 Crime Free Housing Ordinance and sponsored amendments to the 2018 Crime Free Housing Ordinance to make rental housing safe for both landlords and renters — thereby creating safer neighborhoods.  I believe we need to do more with density reduction methods and resurrect the reconversion grant funds to change multi-family homes back to single family homes (it was my idea to have a reconversion program over 30 years ago).  Continue to keep our infrastructure in good condition: roads, bridges, sewers, safe drinking water, and parks / open space, etc.  And we need more parks / open space in our older neighborhoods.  We have built 6 new parks in my ward in recent years (New Haven Park, Plum Park, Iowa Park, Wilkinson Community Garden Park, Blackhawk Park, Palace Street Park).  We must continue to build on making the downtown a destination point.

The City of Aurora is its own separate taxing and elected body.  The School Districts are separate government entities as well.  So the best way the City of Aurora can support our school districts is to be aggressive in expanding our economic tax base by getting businesses to locate in Aurora and thereby generating living wage jobs.  I have always been a proponent of economic development incentives when it makes economic sense – being cautious in how we use City funds.  Any proposed projects need to be evaluated to insure the city will get adequate return on their investment that makes economic and fiscal sense.  The City needs to be careful not to be too free spending with incentives.  And our City needs to focus on stable housing and code enforcement.  The City also, needs to work with our State representatives to put pressure on Springfield at all levels to fund schools differently and not on the backs of our local taxpayers.

I will continue to work with the Aurora community as I always have.  I have always been open and receptive to my 6th Ward constituents in listening to their concerns and getting services delivered to them or sponsoring legislation to help them. I have annual Town Hall meetings every year and will continue to reach out to the citizens of 6th Ward.  And working together we can solve the challenges our City faces.  Also, we need to be open, transparent, fiscally focused and willing to partner. Working together we can improve our community.

As Alderman of the 6th Ward, I represent three Historic Districts, plus our Downtown.  I have been very supportive of our Historic Districts and will continue doing so.   I have partnered with Mayor Irvin to resurrect the historic district grant program to fund, stabilize and uplift our older neighborhoods.  The City has always taken a common sense approach to historic preservation, and I will continue to do so.  There has always been a balance between historic preservation and economic development. It is important to use economic development to save and rehab architectural and historic buildings.  I have always supported incentives to save historic buildings when it made economic development sense and I will continue to do so.